Gunner Johnson Earns BIG EAST Honor
NEW YORK – Gunner Johnson has been named Second Team All-BIG EAST as announced by the conference office on May 19. The senior left-hander earned the recognition after a vote from the league coaches. A total of eight pitchers were honored with four making the first team and four receiving votes for second team.
Johnson ended his senior campaign with a 3-5 overall record that included a 3.88 earned run average. Two of this three wins on the year came against BIG EAST opponents, with arguably his best outing of his career coming vs. Seton Hall when he won a head-to-head matchup with Pitcher of the Year Josh Prevost.
The Bulldogs took the first game of the Seton Hall series with Johnson shutting out the Pirates in seven full innings. He allowed six hits, but was on his game with seven strikeouts and only two walks. Johnson earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after helping BU defeat Seton Hall, marking his first award of the season.
His second BIG EAST win of the year was another gem as Johnson shutdown Xavier over eight full innings. The Musketeers scattered seven hits across the diamond, but were unable to score off Johnson who led BU to an 8-0 shutout win. The lefty struck out four and only walked one as he picked up his third overall win.
Johnson ended the year as a huge part of the weekend rotation, taking the opening day role of each series. His role grew throughout the season as six of his eight starts on the year came during the conference season. Johnson's first action in 2014 came in a single inning of relief at Samford on Feb. 28. His first win came in a four inning outing vs. IPFW on March 8 and his first start of the season followed at Mercer on March 12.
The Motley, Minn. native tossed 58 innings this year with 47 strikeouts, the third-highest total on the team. 25 of his 29 runs given up on the year were earned as he limited the opposition to a .256 batting average.
Control was never an issue for Johnson as he limited his walk count to 19 and only recorded four wild pitches. He only surrendered one home run while on the mound despite reaching a pitch count over 80 in eight games.
BIG EAST Awards
Player of the Year – Reagan Fowler, Creighton, So., 1B; D.J. Ruhlman, Seton Hall, Jr., SS
Pitcher of the Year – Josh Prevost, Seton Hall, Sr., RHP
Rookie of the Year – Michael Donadio, St. John's, Fr., OF
Coach of the Year – Ed Servais, Creighton
Daniel Rizzie, Xavier, So., C
Reagan Fowler, Creighton, So., 1B
Jake Peter, Creighton, Jr., 2B
D.J. Ruhlman, Seton Hall, Jr., SS
Kyle Grimm, Seton Hall, Jr., 3B
Nick Collins, Georgetown, So., DH
Mike Gerber, Creighton, Sr., OF #
Michael Donadio, St. John's, Fr., OF
Derek Jenkins, Seton Hall, So., OF
Matt Warren, Creighton, So., SP
James Lomangino, St. John's, R-Sr., SP
Josh Prevost, Seton Hall, Sr., SP #
Vinny Nittoli, Xavier, R-Sr., SP
Joe Kuzia, St. John's, Jr., RP
Nick Collins, Georgetown, So., C
Dillon Hamlin, Seton Hall, Sr., C
Sal Annunziata, Seton Hall, Jr., 1B
Todd Czinege, Villanova, Fr., 2B
Bret Dennis, St. John's, Jr., SS
Robbie Knightes, St. John's, Fr., 3B
Derek Hasenbeck, Xavier, Jr., DH
Zach Lauricella, St. John's, Jr., OF
Alex Caruso, St. John's, So., OF
Brian Bruening, Xavier, R-Jr., OF
Gunner Johnson, Butler, Sr., SP
Ryan McCormick, St. John's, So., SP
Luke Cahill, Seton Hall, So., SP
Scott Klever, Xavier, Sr., SP
Bryan Sova, Creighton, Sr., RP
Matt Meurer, Villanova, Sr., RP
# - unanimous first-team selection
* Second Team had 16 players because of a tie in the voting