May 24, 2006
San Bruno, Calif. - Two Lions were among the West Coast Conference's top players this season, as outlined by the 2006 all-conference selections announced today by the WCC. Senior Erik Johnson highlighted the LMU selections, making it the second straight season an LMU outfielder has been a first-team selection.
Sophomore Brad Meyers joined Johnson as an All-WCC selection, earning second-team honors. Lee Roberts was named to the conference's All-Freshman team, while four Lions earned honorable mention recognition.
Johnson, a unanimous selection of the WCC coaches, was one of 14 conference players named to the first-team. The Lions' outfielder was just one of five players to hit over .400 in WCC play. He finished with a .573 slugging percentage and a .441 on-base percentage, reaching base in every WCC game. Johnson added a team-best 16 RBI and three home runs.
Meyers earned a second-team selection after going 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in WCC play. He worked 52 2/3 innings with a strikeout to walk ratio of 35 to 16. Meyers was at his best in the WCC opener against 19th-ranked Pepperdine, earning the win after holding the Waves to one run on five hits in his eight and 2/3 innings.
Roberts was one of 10 rookies named to the inaugural WCC All-Freshman team. One of the great stories of 2006, Roberts walked on to the team this fall after not making the squad as a true freshman in the fall of 2004. The right-handed reliever went from being a walk-on to a go-to guy for the Lions, making a team-leading 11 appearances in WCC play. He posted a 1.80 ERA with three saves in 15 innings of work. Only two of his 17 hits allowed were extra base hits, and both were doubles.
Also receiving All-WCC honorable mention recognition were sophomore Sean Dovel, second baseman Eric Farris, shortstop Casey Gordon, and starting pitcher Daniel Macias. Dovel led all WCC catchers with a .338 batting average and led all league players in doubles. This marks his second season of All-WCC honorable mention recognition.
Farris, a 2005 All-WCC second-team selection, posted one of the WCC's top-15 batting averages after hitting .353 in league play.
Gordon's WCC season was highlighted by a 4-for-4 effort that led LMU to the 7-3 win over then-23rd-ranked San Diego.
Macias finished WCC play with a team-best ERA of 3.12. He was named the WCC's Pitcher of the Week after two-hitting Gonzaga in a complete game shutout, and allowed just 17 hits in his final 23 2/3 innings of work in league play.
The selections made by the eight WCC head coaches were based on performance by position in conference play.