Johnson Selected as Alternate to 2010 USA Softball Team

Jan. 14, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Molly Johnson was selected as an alternate for the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team. Johnson is the first UK softball player to suit up for the National team when she helped the Americans capture the Japan Cup in the summer of 2009.

In five at-bats during the Japan Cup run, Johnson went three-for-five at the dish and plated a squad-best six runs in helping the United States to victory. In her one start at shortstop, Johnson smacked a grand slam in her first at-bat to bring in the winning scores in a win over the host team, Japan.

The senior for the Blue and White has already been tabbed a team captain for the 2010 season. One of the most prolific players in school history, Johnson is a .395 lifetime batter with 74 career extra base hits while starting all 162 games of her career. Twice in her career she has had hitting streaks of 10 games.

The final roster for the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team will be announced in March with the team competing in the ISF Women's World Championships, June 23-July 2, 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela as well as other events to be scheduled at a later date.

About ASAThe Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 77 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.

About USA SoftballUSA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information about the UK softball team.