May 23, 2007
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Angelo Songco highlights LMU baseball's All-West Coast Conference honors as the Lion rookie took home WCC Freshman of the Year honors, the conference announced Wednesday. Junior Brad Meyers joined Songco as an All-WCC selection, while junior Eric Farris and senior DeAndre Miller earned honorable mention recognition.
After an impressive rookie campaign that saw the freshman hit .392 in WCC play, Songco joins an elite group of WCC Freshman of the Year Lions that includes Chris Donnels (1985), Chris Gomez (1990), Matt Riordan (1997), Michael Schultz (1998), Scott Walter (1998), and Sean Smith (2002). Three of those six went on to play at the major league level, and all were drafted and play(ed) minor league baseball.
Songco's .392 average ranked seventh among all WCC players, and he finished conference play leading the league in extra base hits as the Lions' everyday right fielder. The Granada Hills, Calif. native also finished top in the WCC in doubles (10), second in slugging percentage (.635), and sixth in on-base percentage (.464) in league action.
In addition to his Freshman of the Year honors, Songco was an All-WCC selection and a WCC All-Freshman team pick. He was one of just 13 players in the conference to be a unanimous All-WCC selection from all WCC coaches.
Meyers joined Songco as an All-WCC selection, earning the league honor for the second straight season. The Lions' right-hander finished 2-1 with an ERA of 3.35. He struck out 38 in his 51.0 innings of work, while walking just 12. Among his WCC highlights were his complete game, 11-strikeout effort in his final start against Portland, and his combined shutout effort against Saint Mary's.
The Yorba Linda, Calif. native earned a spot in the LMU record book with a three-year career ERA of 3.65. That mark ranks Meyers fifth all-time and is the best career ERA mark at LMU since 1981.
Also earning votes good for honorable mention recognition were Farris and Miller. The shortstop Farris led the WCC in stolen bases with 12 in league action, while Miller ranked in the WCC's top-15 with a .333 batting average as the Lions' center fielder. Farris earns conference recognition for the third straight season, while Miller gets his first nod after joining the Lions as a transfer for the 2006 season.
The eight WCC coaches selected the all-conference honorees. This year, they elected an All-WCC team consisting of 25 players (17 position, 8 pitchers), rather than a first-team and second-team based on position. After the top vote-earners were named to the All-WCC team, remaining players receiving votes received honorable mention. The coaches also selected a 10-member All-Freshman team and the four major awards of Player, Pitcher, Freshman, and Coach of the Year.
For the complete All-WCC release, click here.