The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The twenty-sixth student-athlete in this series is freshman softball player Hope Johnson.
Last week against Emory & Henry College, Johnson pitched a no-hitter in the first game of the doubleheader in which LC won 15-0. The Evington, Virginia native was dominant in the game, striking out six Wasps, walking just two and with one hit batter, facing just one batter over the minimum. For the season, Johnson is 4-2 with 31 strikeouts.
What was it like to throw a no-hitter against Emory & Henry on Saturday?
Throwing a no-hitter has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. After the game it hadn't really hit me until I saw my dad and the emotions started rolling. After all of the hard work and effort that I have put in for pitching it finally became a reality. This accomplishment is one that I will never forget.
What is your favorite moment thus far as a Hornet?
Of course throwing a no-hitter would definitely be a favorite moment, but I would have to say my favorite moment thus far would be sweeping EMU this weekend. We came through in the clutch and came back to win it in the bottom of the seventh and played true LC softball. I am so proud to be a Hornet!
What do you like most about LC softball?
Our team chemistry is amazing. I have never felt such a connection with a group of girls in my life. We are truly a family and I know that we will always be there for each other no matter what. We work hard, we play hard, and we win hard. LCSB!
What are your aspirations after graduating?
I plan on graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and I hope to continue on to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at LC. I want to work with athletes and children in P.T.