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Johnson earns multiple All-American honors

Tanner Johnson  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Tanner Johnson | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Following a program-best 32-win season and the first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in program history, Denison University's Tanner Johnson was named a Division III All-American this week by the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com, landing on the ABCA/Rawlings second-team and garnering honorable mention status from D3baseball.com.

After being named to the ABCA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region first-teams this season, Johnson made his All-American debut following a senior year to remember where he led the Big Red in batting average (.378), hits (65), runs (57), home runs (10), RBIs (53), stolen bases (25), on-base percentage (.495) and slugging percentage (.692). He also tied for the second-longest hitting streak in school history, recording at least one hit in 21-straight games, which included 17 multi-hit performances.

The 2018 NCAC Player of the Year also entered the single-season record books with the second-most walks (35), home runs (10) and runs batted in (53) in DU history. The Jefferson, Wis. Native leaves Denison as the all-time leader in career stolen bases (79), triples (14) and walks (96), while his 576 career at-bats and 159 games played rank second all-time.

Johnson becomes the sixth All-American in the history of Denison baseball and the first since 2004 when Drew Shamrock (first-team) and Adam Mandel (third-team) were recognized.