A South Carolina softball stalwart and veteran on-field leader has left the program, Spurs & Feathers has learned and confirmed with a team source.
Gamecocks’ junior third baseman Jana Johns has entered the NCAA transfer portal, joining former teammate Karly Heath, who did the same earlier this week.
On Feb. 3 Johns was named a second-team Preseason All-American by D1Softball and six days later had a walkoff base hit against UNC Greensboro.
“She is just a vacuum at third base,” South Carolina head coach Beverly Smith said before this season. “She’s got a strong arm. I think we’ve turned more double plays since Jana has been in the infield. I think, for her, [improvement will come] on the offensive side. She offers a lot of power. She’s really a true athlete and can do anything.”
Last season Johns hit .348 with 50 runs scored, 44 RBI and 26 extra-base hits, including 15 home runs (tied for a program-best in a season). She slugged .708 with a .500 on-base percentage thanks in part to 51 free bases (30 walks). She earned SEC Player of the Week once and ended the season as an All-SEC second-team honoree.