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KSU softball lands Johnson and Kirkpatrick on First and Second All-MAC Teams, respectively

By Stephanie Storm Published: May 7, 2013

Kent State sophomore right-hander Emma Johnson (Groveport) was named the 2013 Mid-American Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year and selected to the All-MAC First Team.


In addition, the MAC East Division champion Golden Flashes also had sophomore right fielder Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls) selected to the All-MAC Second Team.


Johnson, who earned her fourth MAC East Pitcher of the Week award of the season Monday, was the conference's most dominant pitcher this spring. She finished the regular season 20-10 overall with two saves and a 1.67 ERA over 34 appearances (24 starts). She also struck out 196 batters in 197 innings and limited opponents to a .191 batting average.


Come conference play,  Johnson stepped up her game even more. She led the league in wins with a 12-3 record and posted a 1.58 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts). Johnson also struck out 95 batters in 106.2 innings and held opponents to a .196 batting average.


During the final week of the regular season as KSU clinched the MAC East Division title and the No. 2 seed in this week's MAC Tournament, Johnson went 2-1, including starting and winning both games May 3 in a doubleheader at Miami to lead the Flashes to their first division crown since 2010. Johnson did not allow an  earned run while scattering 10 hits. She also struck out 10 in 14 innings in the two games.


Kirkpatrick led the team in batting average (.347), runs scored (28), hits (50), doubles (11), slugging percentage (.486) and on-base percentage (.454) and started all 47 games. She also tied for the lead in home runs (3) and her 18 RBI were third best on the club.


Like Johnson, Kirkpatrick saved her best play for league opponents. In 22 MAC games, Kirkpatrick batted .388 (26-67) with 14 runs scored, six doubles, a home run, nine RBI, a .522 slugging percentage and a .506 on-base percentage.



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