Six Sea Gulls named to ECAC South All-Star Teams; Johnson named Pitcher of the Year

Six Sea Gulls named to ECAC South All-Star Teams; Johnson named Pitcher of the Year

DANBURY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced its Division III Softball South All-Star Teams on Wednesday afternoon, and Salisbury University landed six Sea Gulls on the squad including three on the first team, while senior Rachel Johnson was named the Pitcher of the Year.

Johnson, who picked up the same honor last season, was also named to the first team this year following a 2015 season in which she went 28-6 with a save, recording a 1.31 ERA and striking out 281 in just over 202 innings of work in the circle. Johnson was twice named the ECAC South Division III Pitcher of the Week this year, and was named a first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference and All-American selection.

Johnson was joined on the first team by juniors Kim Dorsey and Annah Brittingham.

Dorsey matched her first-team selection from a year ago, leading the team in 2015 with a .431 batting average and .708 slugging percentage thanks to nine home runs and nine doubles. She scored a team-high 56 runs and drove in 23 from the leadoff position.

Brittingham, in her first season in maroon and gold, spent time in the circle and as the team's designated player, batting .400 with 10 doubles and five home runs while driving in 36 runs. She came on strong at the plate during Salisbury's postseason run. In the circle, she worked in 18 games with a 9-2 record and a 1.94 ERA, striking out 71 in 83 innings.

Senior Rebecca Hoey, junior Paige Knussman and freshman LeAnne Collins each earned second-team nods for their performances.

Hoey, Johnson's battery mate, helped the Sea Gulls to a team ERA of 1.58, which ranked sixth in the nation. She also gunned down six runners trying to steal bases against her. At the plate, Hoey batted .296 while blasting six home runs.

Knussman, like Hoey, was a first-team all-star in 2014, and continued as one of the top offensive players in the region this season. Knussman drove in 58 runs while batting .416. She had nine doubles and 10 home runs in 2015 while being a mainstay at first base, where she posted a .972 fielding percentage.

Collins made an impact in her first season as a Sea Gull, batting .364 with five doubles. In a key spot near the top of the order for much of the year, she laid down a team-high 11 sacrifice bunts while scoring 29 times.

Salisbury finished the 2015 season ranked No. 3 nationally, having advanced to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship semifinals.

To see the South All-Star Teams, in their entirety, click here.

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