NDSU's Johnson Named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week

North Dakota State's Riley Johnson
North Dakota State's Riley Johnson

FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University sophomore right-handed pitcher Riley Johnson was named one of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's National Players of the Week after tossing the sixth solo no-hitter in NDSU program history and the first no-no of the 2018 college baseball season Friday, Feb. 23, against Central Connecticut State. 

A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Johnson became the first Bison pitcher to throw a solo no-hitter since Jay Mitchell threw one against Augustana (S.D.) during the 2004 season.  

Johnson struck out a career-high eight batters while tallying only one walk in his nine, no-hit innings, helping NDSU claim a 2-0 shutout victory over the Blue Devils.  

North Dakota State travels to Minneapolis Tuesday, Feb. 27, to face Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's National Players of the Week
RHP Joe DeMars, Washington
LHP Mitchell Senger, Stetson
RHP Riley Johnson, North Dakota State
RHP Noah Song, Navy
OF Brett Kinneman, N.C. State
OF Keegan McGovern, Georgia
UT Eric Jones, Davidson
INF Ray Hernandez, Alabama State
3B Trevor Putzig, Tennessee Tech
C/1B T.J. Collett, Kentucky
3B Alex Eliopulos, U.C. San Diego