Eight Sea Gulls named to All-CAC softball team; seven picked for first team

Eight Sea Gulls named to All-CAC softball team; seven picked for first team

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its awards for the 2015 softball season, and Salisbury University saw eight players named to the all-conference team, including seven on the first team.

Seniors Rachel Johnson and Rebecca Hoey, juniors Paige Knussman, Kim Dorsey, Katie Sebbane, and Annah Brittingham, and freshman LeAnne Collins were all named to the first team, while junior Molly Simpson picked up second-team honors.

Johnson garnered her fourth All-CAC nod, with her third straight on the first team. The pitcher currently leads the CAC in ERA, at 1.52. Johnson is ranked in the top 10 nationally in four different statistical categories, including third in the country in strikeouts per seven innings pitched. During the 2015 season, she has won 20 contests, with a pair of perfects games while striking out 193 in 133 1/3 innings pitched.

Her batterymate, Hoey, is a two-time All-CAC first-team pick, having earned the honor as a junior, as well. Along with helping the Salisbury pitching staff to the seventh-ranked ERA in the nation (1.83), the catcher has also been a force at the plate, with a .367 batting average to go with six home runs and 28 RBIs.

Dorsey, the team leader with nine home runs and a .472 batting average, is also making her second appearance on the All-CAC first team. The shortstop also ranks first on the team, and leads the CAC, by scoring 49 runs to go with a team-best .849 slugging percentage which leads the league and ranks in the top 60 nationally.

Sebbane patrols the left side of the infield with Dorsey, having started every game at third base this year, while batting .340 with a team-leading nine doubles and five home runs. She is routinely one of the toughest players in the league to strikeout, and sports a stellar .987 fielding percentage at one of the toughest defensive positions on the field.

Knussman also makes her third All-CAC team, having been picked to the first team in all three years at Salisbury. She was picked for her work at the plate as a designated player during her first two seasons, and this season at first base. Knussman is one of the top offensive threats in the nation, ranking second on the team with a .448 batting average, while leading the team and ranking in the top 10 in the nation with 49 RBIs.

Brittingham is making the most of her first season as a Sea Gull, being named to the All-CAC first team as a utility player. A regular in the circle as a starting pitcher, Brittingham has also been a force at the plate, as a designated player. She has recorded an 8-2 record, with a 2.07 ERA and 69 strikeouts, while batting .423 with five home runs and eight doubles and slugging a .718.

Collins, in her first year in maroon and gold, has made an immediate impact with her speed on the base paths and in the outfield. She is one-of-four players with a batting average about .400, batting .407 this year with six extra-base hits and a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base chances.

Simpson, who was picked to the All-CAC first team last year at second base, was chosen for the second team in 2015, while batting .299 with 13 extra-base hits, including a team-high three triples and four home runs.

With Salisbury's eight honorees in 2015, the program has now had 161 players picked to the All-CAC teams.

The Sea Gulls close out the regular season on Sunday, April 26, when they travel to Catholic University of America for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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