Johnson Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week

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TUSCON, Ariz. (Press Release) -- Redshirt senior first baseman Brett Johnson has been named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, the newspaper announced Monday.

Johnson went 5-for-14 (.357 batting average) over three games this past weekend, including a three-home run performance in the 25-9 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday. He hit two homers in the third inning, one to put JMU ahead 6-0 and a second to put the Dukes on top 13-0. He completed the trio in the sixth inning to give the Dukes a 22-7 lead. The first baseman from Charlottesville, Va. collected a total of eight RBIs in the game to tie a career high. Johnson also hit a home run in the 5-1 win over Wofford on Friday and a double in the 2-1 win over USC Upstate on Sunday.

After earning Third Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in 2016, Johnson was selected on the 2017 Preseason All-CAA team. In five games this season, Johnson has amassed a .316 batting average and a 1.053 slugging percentage. He leads
the Dukes with four home runs, 11 RBI and 20 total bases.

JMU is off to a 6-1 start, including the team's first five-game winning streak since March 1-9, 2015. The Dukes play their first home game of the 2017 season on Tuesday, Feb. 28 against Richmond at 3 p.m. Admission to all regular season home games at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park is free.