Maggie Johnson Picks Up Ivy League Softball Pitcher of the Week Honors
NEW YORK -- Senior Maggie Johnson was named Ivy League Softball Pitcher of the Week by the conference, it was announced on Wednesday, after tossing the first no-hitter of her career on Sunday afternoon against Princeton. The award is the fourth weekly honor of Johnson's career, as she was named Player of the Week last season and picked up Pitcher and Rookie of the Week honors as a first-year in 2008.
It also marks the second straight week that a Lion has been named Pitcher of the Week, as first-year Prophet Gaspard earned recognition from the conference on April 19.
Over the first five games of the week, Johnson did not allowed an earned run over 15.0 innings pitched and struck out 12 while walking just two batters. On April 21, the righthander yielded just one unearned run and six hits while striking out five in a six-inning, 10-1 victory over Rider.
On Easter Sunday against the Tigers, the Danville, Calif. native dominated her Ivy League competition, allowing just three base runners over seven innings to produce the first no-hitter by a Columbia pitcher since Maiya Chard-Yaron tossed a no-no against Fairfield on April 2, 2006.
In the first game of the twinbill against the Tigers on Tuesday, Johnson came in out of the bullpen and picked up the second save of her career, allowing just one hit over the final two innings of a 7-5 win.
In addition to her pitching prowess, the senior also added a pair of doubles while driving in four runs on the week. The two-bagger against Princeton on Tuesday moved her into sole possession of second place on Columbia's career doubles list, three shy of Marisa Marconi's mark of 39.
Columbia returns to action on Thursday, April 28 with a non-conference doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson, then wrap up the 2011 season with a home-and-home, four-game series with Penn.