Lisa Johnson Sets Walks Record, Again

DENTON, Texas (4/24/12) - Lisa Johnson feels no pressure at the plate with two strikes on her. She willl wait patiently until she sees the pitch she wants. The result is a lot of walks; an even 100 of them.

With her two walks against Lousiana-Monroe this season, Lisa Johnson broke her own record for walks in a single season with 30. She drew her 100th career walk this past weekend against South Alabama, increasing her lead over the No. 2 spot by more than 40 bases on balls. 

She currently has recorded 32 walks this season, which is ranked 42nd nationally in walks per game. With her patience to wait for her pitch, she rarely strikes out. In 136 at-bats, she has just 13 strikeouts.

As a sophomore in 2010, Johnson broke the three-year old single-season walks record by drawing 29 walks. She also posted a .332 batting average, hit 11 home runs, knocked in 24 RBI and posted a .442 on-base percentage.

She set the career walks record in 2011 even though she drew a career-low 19 walks. Johnson still finished second on the team that year in walks.

In 2012, head coach T.J. Hubbard emphasized the importance of getting on-base and extending the inning to the team. The result was a team record in walks and another standout year for Johnson.

The senior is batting .294 this season with 35 runs scored, nine doubles, 23 RBI and 32 walks. She needs 11 more runs to set the single-season runs scored record.

Johnson's patience also results in more hits and RBI. She stands in the top five of most offensive categories at North Texas. She is fourth in runs scored, fifth in hits and doubles, tied for fourth in RBI and tied for third in home runs.

With six regular season games left and a conference tournament still ahead, Johnson has time to move up the ladder some more. She needs just one home run to move into the top three and eight RBI to jump to the No. 2 spot in the record books.



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