Seven Lion Players Honored by Conference

Sophomore Jonathan Johnson garnered All-WCC first team accolades this year. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

May 20, 2009

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -

Seven Lion players garnered All-West Coast Conference recognition, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday.  Jonathan Johnson, Lee Roberts and Ryan Wheeler were all named to the WCC’s first team, while T.J. Bernardy, Ryan Hawthorne, Shon Roe and Kyle Spraker each earned a spot on the honorable mention list.  Hawthorne and Roe were also named to the All-Freshman Team.

Four different West Coast Conference programs shared in the All-Conference individual honors, with San Diego's James Meador and Gonzaga's Matt Fields highlighting this year's honorees.  Meador and Fields were near unanimous selections as WCC Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, while Saint Mary's Troy Channing was a unanimous selection for Freshman of the Year honors, and  Pepperdine's Denny Duron took home the second-ever WCC Defensive Player of the Year award.  Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Machtolf was named WCC Coach of the Year after leading the Zags to the program's first-ever regular-season crown.

Johnson, who earned his first All-WCC selection, has served as the Lion starting second baseman throughout the year, starting all 57 games for LMU in 2009.  He is batting .309 with 41 runs scored, 10 doubles, a conference-best seven triples, a home run and 24 RBI.  He also leads the squad in stolen bases with six while slugging .433 and reaching base at a .402 pace.  In conference games alone, he is batting .375 with 16 runs scored, five doubles, a conference-best three triples, a home run and 12 RBI.  He has slugged .550 and reached base at a .433 clip while swiping three bags on the bases.  Over the course of the year, he has amassed 17 multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games.

Roberts, who earned WCC All-Freshman recognition three years ago, has been the team-leader on the hill for the Lions this season.  The senior, working as LMU’s Friday starter for nearly the whole season, owns a 7-2 record and a 3.68 ERA over 12 starts and 95.1 innings of work this season.  Roberts has fired three complete games, including one complete-game shutout this year.  The right-hander has allowed just 42 runs (39 earned) and 23 walks while striking out 85 hitters and earning a save.  That save ensured the Lions a spot in this weekend’s WCC Championship Series.  Roberts has lasted at least six innings in 10 of his 12 starts this year, and has amassed five or more strikeouts in all but one.  In conference games alone, he owns a 3.16 ERA, a record of 6-1, three complete games, a save and 46 strikeouts over 57 innings on the hill.  He places first in the WCC in wins, shutouts (1), complete games and innings pitched over the conference schedule.  He enters this weekend’s WCC Championship Series with Gonzaga ranked first overeall in the conference in complete games and shutouts, second in innings pitched, third in wins, fourth in strikeouts and eighth in ERA.

Wheeler, a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection this year and an All-WCC first team selection for the second consecutive season, is the team-leader in doubles with 20 and hit-by-pitches with 11 while starting at first base and in the number three spot in the batting order in all 57 games so far for LMU.  The native of Torrance, Calif. has batted .329 with 61 runs scored, 20 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 48 RBI.  He has slugged .564 and reached base at a .433 clip.  The first baseman had a career-best 16-game hitting streak earlier this season.  He batted .412 (28-for-68) with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, a home run, four walks, four stolen bases and 12 RBI over the span.  In addition, he collected multiple hits in nine of the 16 games. In all, he has totaled 22 multiple-hit games, including 15 two-hit games and seven three-hit performances.  He is also second on the team in multiple-RBI games with 14.  In conference games alone, he has batted .337 with 17 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 18 RBI while slugging .566 and reaching base at a .455 clip. He is the team-leader in both multiple-hit games (10) and multiple-RBI games (6) in conference play.

Bernardy has truly come alive in conference play during his senior campaign, culminating in his first All-WCC selection.  The native of Newport Beach, Calif. has batted a team-best .422 in conference games this season.  He has amassed six runs scored, three doubles, a triple, a home run and 14 RBI, slugging .600 and reaching base at a .491 clip.   Over those games, he has amassed seven multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI games.  Overall, Bernardy has collected nine multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games.  He enters this weekend ranked first in the WCC in on base percentage, second in batting average and seventh in slugging percentage in WCC games alone.

Hawthorne has burst onto the scene at LMU, claiming All-WCC honorable mention and All-Freshman team accolades. The native of Granada Hills, Calif. is batting .312 with 11 doubles, a home run, 22 walks, 38 runs scored and 29 RBI.  Earning starts nearly all year in left field, Hawthorne is reaching base at a .374 clip.  He has amassed 19 multiple-hit games, placing third on the team and tops in terms of freshmen. He had a 16-game hitting streak from March 27 to April 19, batting .366 (26-for-71) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, six walks, a stolen base and seven RBI over the span.  He collected multiple hits on five occasions over the span.  In conference games alone, he is batting .348 with 13 runs scored, four doubles, nine walks and nine RBI.

Roe has started 55 of LMU’s 57 games at shortstop in his freshman year.  He has amassed 17 multiple-hit games, placing fourth on the team, while posting nine multiple-RBI games, third on the squad overall and first in terms of freshmen.  In WCC games alone, he is batting .308 with 14 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI.  He has slugged .551 and reached base at a .329 clip, posting eight multiple-hit games and a team-high tying six multiple-RBI games.  Overall, Roe is batting .259 with 26 runs scored, 10 doubles, four home runs and 40 RBI this year.

Spraker caps a very successful senior season with the Lions with his first All-WCC selection in 2009.  The Portola Valley, Calif. native is batting .302 with 50 runs scored, 18 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 29 RBI, serving as the Lion everyday third baseman this season.  He has totaled 16 multiple-hit games and seven multiple-RBI games so far this year.  A .297 conference hitter, he has posted 16 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBI, slugging .505 and reaching at a .347 clip.  Over that span, he has collected seven multiple-hit games and four multiple-RBI games.  Entering the weekend series with Gonzaga, he is third in the WCC in doubles, fifth in triples and eighth in total bases (46) in conference games alone.

Below is a summary of all the All-WCC selections.
Player of the Year: James Meador, USD
Pitcher of the Year: Matt Fields, GON
Freshman of the Year: Troy Channing, SMC
Defensive Player of the Year: Denny Duron, PEP
Coach of the Year: Mark Machtolf, GON

All-WCC First Team
Dane Braunecker, USF
Matt Bywater, PEP
Troy Channing, SMC
Matt Fields, GON
Nate Garcia, SCU
Nick Gaudi, PEP
AJ Griffin, USD
Kyle Jensen, SMC
Drew Johnson, USF
Jonathan Johnson, LMU
Brian Justice, SMC
Jon Karcich, SCU
Zach Kim, USF
Geoff Klein, SCU
James Meador, USD
Doug Murray, USF
Sean Nicol, USD
Derek Poppert, USF
Lee Roberts, LMU
Nate Simon, PEP
Anthony Synegal, GON
Tyson Van Winkle, GON
Zach Walters, USD
Ryan Wheeler, LMU
Ryan Wiegand, GON

Honorable Mention
Scott Alexander, PEP
Anthony Aliotti, SMC
Steven Ames, GON
Brandon Berl, SMC
T.J. Bernardy, LMU
Cort Carpenter, POR
Bobby Ethel, USF
Ryan Hawthorne, LMU
Riley Henricks, POR
Matt Hiserman, USF
Kris Kauppila, POR
Matt Long, SCU
Nick McCoy, USD
Cory Miller, SMC
Shon Roe, LMU
Kyle Spraker, LMU
Bryce Uhrig, PEP
Zach Varce, POR

All-Freshman Team
Kyle Barraclough, SMC
Andrew Biancardi, SCU
Troy Channing, SMC
Cole Cook, PEP
Bryan Haar, USD
Ryan Hawthorne, LMU
Brian Humphries, PEP
Kris Kauppila, POR
Kyle Kraus, POR
Shon Roe, LMU




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