FRISCO, Texas – Junior outfielder Bryson Myles was named the Southland Conference player, hitter and newcomer of the year on Monday and catcher Jarid Scarafiotti was also named to the all-SLC first team in a vote by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Myles is the second Lumberjack to ever to be named the Southland's top player and hitter with Steven Hill having won the awards in 2007; however, Myles, a transfer from Weatherford College, is the first SFA player to ever be named the league's top newcomer. It is also the first time in the league's history that someone has swept the player, hitter and newcomer of the year awards.
Scarafiotti is the first Lumberjack catcher since Michael Innerarity in 1988 to be named to the all-league first team, one year after earning an honorable mention nod as a sophomore in 2010. In addition to Myles and Scarafiotti, twin pitchers Jared and Jason West each garnered honorable mention honors as well.
The catalyst of a Lumberjack offense that statistically ranks at the top of the Southland Conference, Myles has rewritten the SFA record books in just one season in Nacogdoches. In 55 games Myles has swiped 50 bags in 63 tries, leading not only the Southland Conference, but also the nation in that category. He also leads the SLC and ranks in the top 10 in the country in hits (92) and runs scored (64) while pacing the entire Southland with a .413 batting average.
His .480 on-base percentage also leads the SLC and he has hit safely in 43 games on the year, while reaching base in 49 of his 53 starts.
Scarafiotti has seen time at first base and designated hitter this season, but has seen the majority of his time behind the plate and hitting in the middle of the SFA batting order. His .332 batting average in 2011 is tied for second on the SFA roster and is tops among catchers in the SLC. In addition, he has hit four home runs and driven in 39 runs while slugging at a solid .440 clip.
Also, he has been the primary backstop and director of an SFA pitching staff who currently sports the lowest ERA in the SLC.
The honorable mention honors are the first for each of the West brothers, who have solidified both the front and the back of the pitching staff this season. Jared West, a weekend starter, ranks in the top five in the league in both ERA (2.92) and wins (7), leading the Lumberjacks in both categories. He did the majority of his damage at home, going 6-1 with a 0.89 ERA at Jaycees Field
Meanwhile, Jason West has locked down nine saves for the second straight year and currently sports a 1.80 ERA in 35.0 innings of work, all primarily in relief. He has only allowed two runs since being moved back to the bullpen exclusively on March 4 and has struck out better than a batter per inning while also earning four wins on the year.
The Lumberjacks open up the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed on Wednesday at noon versus No. 7 Lamar. SFA took two of three games from the Cardinals last weekend in the final regular-season series of the year.