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Johnson Earns Final SSC Pitcher of the Week Honor

WINTER PARK - Senior Brian Johnson has been tabbed the final Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week presented by VALIC for the 2014 season after going the distance in the Moccasins 4-0 win in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against Eckerd.  

It is the fifth time this season the 26th-ranked Mocs have had a player honored by the league and Johnson is the third Moc to earn Pitcher of the Week honors as sophomore Ben Richardson (Orlando, Fla.) was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Week on April 28 and April 7 and senior Clay Chapman (Orlando, Fla.) received the same honors on Feb. 17 and March 17.

Johnson, who is a native of Oldsmar, Fla., earns this season's final SSC Pitcher of the Week honor after pitching a complete game three-hit shutout in the win over the Tritons. Along with allowing just three hits, Johnson, who threw 104 pitches in the game, also walked one and struck out four batters. After allowing a two-out single in the first inning, Johnson didn't allow another hit until a allowing a two-out single in the seventh. During that stretch, the right-hander retired 17 of the 18 batters he faced as he walked Matt MaMahon to lead off the third, before retiring him on a 5-4-3 double play one batter later. After that double play, Johnson retired 12 consecutive Triton batters before allowing that single in the seventh.

On the season, Johnson is 5-3 with a 3.32 ERA as he has made 13 appearances and 13 starts on the mound. In 76 innings of work, Johnson has allowed 87 hits, 26 earned runs, while walking 16 and striking out 42. His five wins is tied for second-most on the team, while his 42 strikeouts are third-most on the squad that finished the regular season with a 32-17 overall record and finished tied with Saint Leo for third in the SSC standings with a 14-10 mark.

Along with naming Johnson as the Pitcher of the Week, the league named Saint Leo junior utility player Jordan Taylor as the SSC Player of the Week after he recorded five extra base hits and slugging 1.375 to help the Lions close out the regular season by taking two of three games from Barry.

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