Loyola Marymount University (LMU) baseball player Angelo Songco has been named West Coast Conference (WCC) Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday, May 23rd.
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 season in which Songco finished with .392 batting average in WCC play, he joins an elite group of LMU Lion WCC Freshman of the Year, including Chris Donnels (1985), Chris Gomez (1990), Matt Riordan (1997), Michael Schultz (1998), Scott Walter (1998), and Sean Smith (2002). Three of those six athletes went on to play at the major league level, and all were drafted into 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’ right fielder. The Granada Hills 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, according to the team.
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 earned run average (ERA) of 3.35. He struck out 38 hitters in 51 innings, while walking just 12.
The Yorba Linda 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 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 earned conference recognition for the third straight season, while Miller earned his first nod after joining the Lions as a transfer in the 2006 season.