Kentucky's Johnson Named USA Softball Player of the Week

April 28, 2009, 1:57 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association is pleased to announce that Kentucky's Molly Johnson (Tucson, Az.) has been named the USA Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 20-26. Johnson helped lead her team to a sweep over SEC-opponent Mississippi State for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

The junior shortstop led the team with a .692 batting average as UK won all four games, including earning a sweep of Mississippi State for the first time since 1998-99. UK's three SEC wins also helped clinch just the third appearance in the SEC tournament in school history.

“I think our team played really well and the sweep was big for us so close to the SEC conference tournament. I was just happy to help my team,” said Johnson. “My dad called this morning and told me Congratulations (for being named SEC Player of the Week) and I asked him ‘What for?'. I had no idea and now here I am on a bus heading to Louisville and I find out about this so it's been a shock but it's really cool”.

Johnson totaled four extra base hits including two doubles, a triple and a home run, and six runs scored. With her six runs, she has now totaled a single-season school record with 46 runs scored on the season.

“She obviously had a tremendous week but I am really pleased because she has these kinds of weeks all the time. It's so great to see her receive recognition because she is such a great player for us both offensively and defensively,” said Kentucky Head Coach Rachel Lawson. “She is also a great leader on and off the field and just a great person. I am very happy to see her get this award.”

This is the first-time honor as USA Softball Player of the Week for Johnson.