Johnson and Paisley Named All-State By NCCSIA
May 30, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina sophomore Jessica Johnson and freshman Toni Paisley have been named to the 2007 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Softball Team released Tuesday.
The fourth-annual team consists of 11 student-athletes, representing eight different schools from North Carolina colleges and universities. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted the nominees and the NCCSIA members for the all-state teams, which consist of two pitchers, one catcher, four infielders, three outfielders and a designated player.
One of three all-state rookies, Paisley won second team All-Conference USA recognition and was named the league's Freshman-of-the-Year. She threw a perfect game against Binghamton and no-hit UNC Greensboro. The Lakewood, Calif., resident posted a 21-5 record with 20 complete games, 10 shutouts, 211 strikeouts. She had the Pirates' third-highest winning percentage (.808) and the fourth-highest strikeout total in school history.
Johnson earned first team all-conference honors as she paced the Pirates with a .357 batting average, 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 314 putouts. Her 17 homers rank as the second highest single-season total in school history. She placed second on the team with 168 at bats, 60 hits, 22 walks and a .732 slugging percentage. Johnson finished among the Conference USA leaders in home runs (1st), slugging percentage (2nd), RBI (2nd) and batting average (5th). She was also named to the league's all-academic and all-tournament teams.
NCAA Regional participant North Carolina State University was the only school to have more players on the team than ECU as the Wolfpack led the way with three student-athletes on the team. Individuals from UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina University, Elon University, North Carolina A&T State University, Campbell University and UNC Charlotte filled out the 2007 all-state squad.
Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from North Carolina's NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions for the purpose of promoting college athletics in the state. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college; university or conference located in North Carolina whose responsibilities include sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the university (NCAA Division I) and college (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for women's volleyball, men and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball and baseball. Over 450 student-athletes have been recognized on all-state teams since 2003.
2007 NCCSIA All-State Softball Team (University Division)