FT. PIERCE, Fla. – Mara Johnson (Sr., 2B, Bemidji, Minn.) has been on a tear over the past six games for the Bemidji State University softball team, and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has taken notice. The league named her NSIC Player of the Week today for her brilliant performances in Florida during the Beavers’ current spring break trip.
Johnson is the first BSU player to earn a player of the week honor since Apr. 16, 2007, when Amy Klaers (Sr., 3B/C, Elk River, Minn.) took home the award as a sophomore. The duo are the only two to be named a player of the week since Apr. 20, 1999.
In the first six games of the eight-game road trip, Johnson went 11-for-21 (.524) with 12 runs batted in and eight runs scored to lead the Beavers to a 5-1 record. She has also led Bemidji State to a current five-game win streak, which is the longest since 1999.
Johnson has blasted three home runs, breaking BSU’s career home run record previously held by Kelly Price (1999-00). With her two home run performance in the second game against Northwestern (MN) College Saturday, she hit her 10th career homer to tie the record, and broke it with a 3-for-4, four RBI performance in the second game against Penn State Beaver Sunday. Johnson has three three-hit games and two four-RBI games during the current road trip.
The Beavers are back on the
field today at 1:30 CST, with the final doubleheader of the spring
break trip. BSU will play Indian River (FL) State College, and will be
looking to tie the longest win streak in school history.