Johnson repeats as CAC Player of the Year, Knight named Coach of the Year for 13th time

Johnson repeats as CAC Player of the Year, Knight named Coach of the Year for 13th time

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2014 all-conference softball teams on Wednesday and Salisbury was honored with nine first-team selections, along with the Player and Coach of the Year.

Junior Rachel Johnson earned her second-consecutive Player of the Year Award, marking the 18th year in a row that a Sea Gull has been named the top player in the CAC. Johnson has notched five solo and one combined no-hitter this season, with three of her no-hitters perfect games. The Preston, Md., native is currently ranked second in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (12.1) and hits allowed per seven innings (2.88) while she is 13th nationally and second in the CAC in earned-run average (0.82).

Head Coach Margie Knight, who has led the Sea Gulls to a 33-3 record thus far, was honored by the league's coaches as the Coach of the Year for the seventh-straight season and 13th time overall.

Johnson was one of nine Salisbury players named to the All-CAC squad, with all nine landing on the first team. Senior Kathryn Larson, who has worked with Johnson to lead the Sea Gull pitching staff to the nation's fifth-best ERA (1.12), picked up first-team All-CAC honors for the second time in her career, and was joined by Salisbury catcher Rebecca Hoey. The junior, besides calling the six no-hitters the staff has thrown this season,  is batting .432 with five home runs and 30 runs driven in.

Salisbury's starting infield was named to the All-CAC first team in its entirety, as senior Harley Hill and sophomores Molly Simpson, Kim Dorsey and Katie Sebbane all earned the honor.

Hill, who has been an All-CAC selection in each of her four years, was named to the first team for the first time this season. The Huntingtown, Md., native has started every game in her four years at first base, and is batting .369 with 10 doubles this season.

Simpson, who played in just eight games as a freshman, has started 35 this season at second base, whie belting four home runs and a team-leading 13 doubles. Her 32 RBIs are fourth-highest on the team, while her .976 field percentage is among the best in the CAC. This is her first All-CAC award.

Dorsey, who makes her first career All-CAC team, has proven to be one of the top offensive players in the nation this season, as she ranks second in the country with 15 home runs, just two shy of the program and CAC record. Her .514 batting average is in the top 20 nationally, and she's one of the top defensive shortstops, with a .961 fielding percentage.

Sebbane makes her second All-CAC appearance, having been named to the second team as a freshman. She has been a mainstay at third base this season, while batting .446 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs, which is third on the team; she ranks 36th nationally in RBIs per game this season.

Senior Angelia McDowell makes her first All-CAC appearance this season, as she's spent the year patrolling left field. Batting near the top of the order, McDowell has batted .306 this year, having scored 28 runs as one of six players to have started all 36 games this year.

Sophomore designated player Paige Knussman got her second first-team nod, as she leads the Sea Gulls with a .553 batting average, which ranks fifth nationally and leads the CAC. She has blasted nine home runs and 49 RBIs, both second on the team.

The nine honorees gives the program 153 total All-CAC selections in program history, with more than 130 of those being first-team selections.

The Sea Gulls will continue their 2014 season with a doubleheader at Stevenson University on Sunday, April 27, beginning at 1 p.m.

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