May 25, 2011

Brnovich Earns Second-Team ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Nod

Saint Leo Second-Baseman Notches Impressive Sophomore Campaign

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University baseball player Ryan Brnovich brought home another honor for the 2011 Lions as he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-South Region Second Team it was announced by the organization.

Also named to the Sunshine State Conference First-Team as the Lions' only member, Brnovich started and played in all 49 of the Lions' games in 2011 at second base. Flirting with a .400 average during the entire season, the 2010 SSC Freshman of the Year finished hitting .395 in 195 plate appearances, good enough to stand 60th out of 500 ranked players within the NCAA.

Leading the Lions' 54th ranked offense; the Boca Raton, Fla. native logged 77 hits and tallied 17 RBI in the leadoff position for SLU. The 2010 SSC Freshman of the Year was speedy on the bases as well, going 23-of-25 in stolen bases as he led the Lions in that category as well. In fact, he led Saint Leo in 11 of the 25 offensive categories in 2011.

The 2011 Saint Leo baseball team finished 19-30 overall and was 7-17 in the Sunshine State Conference. Brnovich, entering his junior year, will help lead a new group of the Lions into the 2012 season which begins in February.

First Team All South Region
Position Name College
1B Dean Green Barry University
2B Stuart Drew University of West Georgia
3B Logan Williams Southern Arkansas University
SS K. C. Clabaugh Florida Institute of Technology
INF Brandon Gipson Benedict College
OF Matt Johnson Arkansas Tech University
OF Greg Pron University of West Florida
OF Andrew Jones University of Tampa
OF Andrew Durden Nova Southeastern University
C Brandon Choate Southern Arkansas University
DH Nate Wilder Arkansas Tech University
SP Cory Witkowski Barry University
SP Joey Cuda Eckerd College
SP Daniel Vargas-Vila University of West Florida
SP Dan Bream Southern Arkansas University
RP Shane Waller University of West Florida

Second Team All South Region
Position Name College
1B Kellen Bozeman Delta State University
2B Ryan Brnovich Saint Leo University
3B J.P. LaMunyon University of North Alabama
SS Brandon Brewer University of West Florida
INF Damon Elder University of Tampa
OF Austin Smith Lynn University
OF John Willner Valdosta State University
OF Drew Dwelly Barry University
OF Wayne Hawkins University of Arkansas-Monticello
OF Eric Deese University of Alabama Huntsville
C Ryan McChesney Florida Institute of Technology
DH Jake Sloan University of North Alabama
SP Andrew Virgili Lynn University
SP Manny Rodriguez Barry University
SP Jonathon Cornelius Florida Institute of Technology
SP Jason Postill University of West Florida
SP Trey Mitchell University of North Alabama
RP Sean Albury Nova Southeastern University

Player of the Year Dean Green Barry University
Pitcher of the Year Daniel Vargas-Vila University of West Florida