Johnson Named Softball's First All-American

May 28, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. -

Junior shortstop Molly Johnson was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association second-team All-America selection it was announced by the NFCA. With the honor, Johnson becomes Kentucky's first-ever All-America honoree in softball.

""I cannot think of a better or more well-rounded athlete to be honored as the University of Kentucky's first softball All-American," said head coach Rachel Lawson. "Molly is not only a great athlete, but she also has a tremendous work ethic. I feel very lucky that I have had the opportunity to watch her compete as she strives to become one of the best in softball."

Johnson had the most productive of her already prolific career in 2009. The junior from Tucson, Ariz., had career-highs in nine offensive categories while breaking three single-season Kentucky records. She set UK seasonal records in runs scored (53), hits (81) and on-base percentage (.498).

UK's captain has been honored a number of times this season as she led the Wildcats to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Johnson was an All-Southeast Region team member as well as a first-team All-SEC selection. During the week of April 28th she was tabbed USA Softball's National Player of the Week as well as the SEC's Player of the Week. Additionally, she was named to the SEC All-Tournament team after posting the game-winning two-run home run to upset No. 7 Georgia for UK's first-ever postseason victory.

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.

Her storied career also includes a number of spots on UK's all-time charts. She ranks first in career-batting average and slugging percentage (.648). Additionally she ranks second in doubles (45), third in home runs (22), fourth in runs scored (113), fourth in total bases (320), fifth in RBI (110), fifth in stolen bases (46), fifth in defensive assists (379), sixth in hits (195) and seventh in triples (7).

Johnson's efforts have not gone unnoticed by the USA National team either. She earned an invitation to the 2009 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp for June 8-12.

Kentucky's shortstop is one of 14 SEC players to earn an All-America distinction on one of the three teams.

For more information regarding the NFCA All-America selections please visit http://www.nfca.org/news/?id=3207. For the most up-to-date information on the UK softball team stay tuned to UKathletics.com.