Russo and Johnson Earn Conference and Regional Baseball Weekly Honors; Johnson Collects NCBWA Honors

Russo and Johnson Earn Conference and Regional Baseball Weekly Honors; Johnson Collects NCBWA Honors

Springfield, Mass. - March 20, 2017 - Springfield College's Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) and Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) have been recognized for their impressive performances this past week, as the duo earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Baseball weekly honors, announced by the conference on Monday.

Russo, in his first season with the Pride, was named the NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Week, while Johnson was recognized as the NEWMAC Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week. In addition to garnering conference honors, the duo was also recognized by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), as Russo was named the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week, while Johnson was the ECAC Division III New England Pitcher of the Week.

After throwing the first no-hitter for the program in the last 16 years, Johson was also honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as an Honorable Mention Pitcher of the Week.

Russo, a sophomore Sport Management major and infielder for Springfield College, was phenomenal in the six games he played in last week, as he led the team to a record of 5-3 to start the season. At the plate, Russo went 13-for-25, hitting .520, while posting an on-base percentage of .556 and slugging percentage of .520. Russo also drove in five, stole five bases and scored seven runs. The sophomore had a career-high five hits in the Pride's 26-14 rout of Daniel Webster, the most runs the team has scored since 2001. Defensively, Russo had 17 assist and had three put outs, producing a fielding percentage of .870.


Johnson, a sophomore pitcher and Sport Management major at Springfield College, made history for the Pride this past week, as he became the first Springfield College baseball student-athlete to throw a no hitter in the last 16 seasons when he pitched a complete-game no hitter in the Pride's 5-0 win over Colby Sawyer on Friday. Johnson totaled seven strikeouts in the seven-inning game, while only walking one.