TOWSON, Md. – Salisbury University sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Softball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, as a member of the second team for her performance on the field and in the classroom this past season.
Johnson becomes the 20th SU student-athlete to garner Academic All-America honors since 2001. The sophomore is the softball program's sixth member to earn such an accolade, an SU athletic department best, having last seen Meaghan O'Gara named third team in 2009.
The Preston, Md., native is working towards a Bachelors of Science degree in biology with a 3.81 grade-point average.
On the field, Johnson has seen similar success this season becoming the Sea Gulls' ace pitcher. Johnson went 29-3 in the circle with 36 appearances and two saves while tossing 204 innings, with over a quarter of those innings coming in post-season play (57). In her time in the circle, Johnson pitched two perfect games and 13 shutouts while striking out 340 opponent batters; 183 more strikeouts than in her freshman campaign. Johnson finished the season with an opposing batting average of .150 and an earned run average of 0.82.
Salisbury finished the season with a 42-4 record and reached the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Championships where the Sea Gulls placed third.
To become eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Softball Teams one must first make the Academic All-District team. Johnson was selected to the College Division - District 2 All-District team earlier this month.