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.
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.