Jon Higashi enters his final season with the Lions... a four-year, all-league catcher who coaches view as the rock of the team... will be a strong honors candidate again this season... has been a model of consistency for the program throughout career... received the O'Toole Award in the Alaska League this summer after demonstrating long-time Coach Jack O'Toole's sense of leadership and extra effort... recorded 38 hits and tied for first on the team with 19 RBI in the Alaska League before being picked up by the Las Vegas Devils for the trip to the NBC World Series... selected to the 2004 preseason All-Conference team at catcher and as the best defensive catcher and catcher with the best arm in the WCC by Baseball America...
2003...was a first-team All-WCC selection, one of just four unanimous choices... named to the 32-player official watch list for the 2003 Johnny Bench Award, honoring the nation's best collegiate catcher, on March 21... put together a six-game hitting streak early in the season (2/8-2/18)... on Feb. 8 against Cal, went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI... in series opener against Washington (2/14) was 1-for-1 with three sacrifice bunts... threw out two Huskies in one inning the following day ... also posted three assists against Cal Poly (2/21)... hit .385 in three-game sweep of San Jose State, driving in a team-high six with three runs scored, including the game winner on March 1... was 2-for-4 against UCLA with tow runs scored... went 2-for-2 in a 9-4 win over CSUN (3/11) with a run scored ... posted a .545 average during a three-game sweep of Portland (3/14-16), with seven runs and five RBI... had two hits in each of the three games... drove in two RBI, including the game-winning run against CS Fullerton (3/19)... had one hit in each game versus USF (3/21-23)... went 2-for-5 with a RBI against UCR (3/26)... hit .400 (4-for-10) against USD (3/28-30) with two runs scored and RBI... scored a run and had a RBI in LMU's 11-6 victory over Long Beach State (4/1) ... hit .538 (7-for-13) in a three-game sweep of Saint Mary's (4/4-6), recording at least two hits in each game... went 3-for-5 in the finale, driving in a run and scoring two... went 4-for-13 with three RBI against Pepperdine (4/11-13)... posted LMU's first four hit day of the season, 4-for-5 with a run against USC (4/15)... hit .462 (6-for-13) in a three-game series against Gonzaga (4/17-19), scoring a run with three RBI... went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI against Santa Clara (4/26)... posted second four-hit day against USF on May 9, with two runs scored in the 16-10 win... had at least one hit in each game of a three-game sweep of Portland (5/16-18) with six RBI and four runs scored... finished season with a team-high .349 average with 39 runs, 13 stolen bases and 73 hits, along with 40 RBI... 2002... ended season with seven game hit streak and extended streak to 12, earning a hit in the Lions first five games of 2002... had 16-game hitting streak heading into series against Texas... went 6-for-13 (.462) against Portland, including five runs scored and no errors in the field... had the game winning hit against Pepperdine (4-13-02) and finished the week hitting 8-for-16 (.500)... continued hot hitting with .545 (6-for-11) outing in series against Santa Clara with a double, triple and two RBI with four runs scored... finished season hitting .335 and was named honorable mention All-Conference... hit .362 in the WCC and added 13 doubles on the season... 2001... played in 39 games, making 20 starts as a true freshman in the Lions' line-up... all 20 starts came behind the plate for the Lions... finished hitting .286 on the season (24-for-84)... had a home run, triple and nine RBI... home run came in bottom of 10th inning to tie the game against Portland (3/30/01) that the Lions came from behind to win... finished the 2001 season with a six-game hitting streak, which included three multiple-hit games... was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored against San Francisco (3/6/01)... was 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored at Gonzaga (5/11/01)... finished the season with a 2-for-4 effort that included two runs scored and an RBI against Gonzaga (5/13/01)... High School... a 2000 graduate of Chaminade College Prep... finished high school with a 3.4 grade point average... a four-year letterwinner... was nominated team captain as a junior and senior... his junior season with coach Scott Drootin earned him a first-team All-Mission League selection and a firt-team Division 4 All-CIF selection... also earned all-academic honors, maintaining a 3.0 GPA throughout the season.
Jonathan S. Higashi was born July 20, 1982, in Panorama City, CA... he is the son of Curtis and Nilda Higashi... has one brother, Bradley... came to LMU because of its athletic and academic reputation... was recruited by USF, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and Sonoma State... a business management major.
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