SALEM, Va. — University of North Georgia sophomore pitchers Amber Johns and Kylee Smith were each named to the NFCA All-America First Team Wednesday night as announced by the association at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Banquet. Smith was one of three first team pitchers, while Johns was an At-Large selection as a pitcher.
Johns, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Georgia, is a perfect 18-0 in 29 appearances this season. She has struck out 112 batters in 110 innings with batters hitting just .146 against her this season. She has the third-best ERA in Division II at 0.76. This is Johns' first NFCA All-American honor as she was named to the D2CCA Third Team earlier in the day.
Smith, a sophomore from Suwanee, Georgia, is 35-1 in 39 games in the circle, compiling three saves as well. She has the most strikeouts in the nation with 320 punch outs to just 43 walks. With batters hitting just .129 against her this season, her ERA is the second best in the nation at 0.65. This is Smith's second NFCA All-American accolade as she was named to the First Team last year as well. Earlier Wednesday, Smith was named the D2CCA Ron Lenz Pitcher of the Year and to the D2CCA First Team.
The pitching duo and the rest of the No. 1 Nighthawks will open the tournament tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.