Big 12 Campus Correspondent
For a large portion of her Iowa State softball career, Alex Johnson has been crouched behind home plate. However, the damage the catcher hailing from Raymore, Mo., has done beyond the plate with her bat has left a lasting impact for the Cyclones.
For Johnson, coming up big starts and ends with doing the same thing. In her case, Johnson begins with a solid bat swing.
“I also think hand-eye coordination has a lot to do with it,” Johnson said. “It’s simple, but it has a lot to do with it. The ball is coming in there fast and can be moving and spinning at different rates.”
Scoring runs wins games, and Johnson has been nothing short of generous in bringing her ISU teammates around the bases. Johnson has batted in a school-record total of 134 RBI, safely outdistancing the old record of 104.
“You have to score to win,” Johnson said. “The pressure is on when you need to score runs. It is good to be clutch in those types of situations.”
Johnson’s mentality likens to a lunch-pail attitude when she’s at the plate.
“When my back is against the wall, that just gives me something to work towards,” Johnson said. “When runners are on base, it’s been my job to hit them in.”
Johnson is also the school record-holder in doubles. In her career, she has smacked 38 two-baggers. For overall hits, Johnson is third all-time with 191.
This season, the senior gatekeeper at the plate has knocked out eight homeruns to lead the team. Her career mark of 26 is one-shy of the program-record of 27.
“When ever I hit a homerun, it feels like I didn’t swing very hard,” Johnson. “It’s like, ‘wow’. It’s really a priceless feeling.”
And if her offensive prowess wasn’t enough, Johnson has thrown out a career-high 20 attempted basestealers this season.
“We play in a great conference that is fast,” Johnson said. “These girls are really fast. I’m just trying to do my job.”
With her name littering the all-time ISU softball records, Johnson only wants future Cyclones to knock her off the lists.
“It feels great to see my name up there, but I want the program to build off of it,” Johnson said. “I don’t want my records to stay. But I don’t want people to chase them or focus on them. That’s not how I did it.”