June 11, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. - The All-American honors continue to roll in for LMU baseball's Angelo Songco, as he was among those selected Monday to the inaugural Ping!Baseball All-Ping! Freshman Team. The rookie All-Americans were selected by the staff of Ping!Baseball, a website dedicated to covering college baseball.
Songco earned the national honor after hitting .321 with a team-best .528 slugging percentage, playing in all 56 games for the Lions. He also led LMU in RBI (33) and doubles (22).
"Each year, college baseball teams lose hundreds of quality players when the student-athletes graduate or advance their game to the professional level," Ping!Baseball said. "However, every spring a new crop of future stars arises to replenish the lineups. This year's group is especially talented, with a number of competitors being good bets to spend their future summers swinging lumber instead of aluminum in the professional leagues."
Songco was among that new crop of future stars, as the Lions' rookie right fielder earned a second-team All-American selection from Ping!Baseball. He was named a Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball last week.
Following the conclusion of the 2007 regular season, Songco was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, joining 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 in league play 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.
Songco (6-0, 175) is a 2006 graduate of Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif.
LMU finished fourth in the 2007 WCC standings after playing one of the nation's 25-toughest schedules according to the Boyd's World rankings. The Lions played 16 games against NCAA postseason teams, including five against teams in this weekend's College World Series.
For the entire Ping!Baseball All-Ping! Freshman Team release, click here.