Wed, May 12 2010
LeTourneau University’s Logan Smith was named Tuesday the American Southwest Conference East Division Freshman of the Year as the conference released its end of the season honors.
Smith, a native of Terrell, Texas, is majoring in aeronautical science and would like to go into the Air Force after he finishes his degree at LETU. After visiting the campus and meeting with the coaching staff, Smith said he fell in love with what he saw. Smith has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old and although he loves the sport, he also enjoys skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colo., which is the place where he said he is happiest.
"Staying on top of my grades is really hard when you are always on a bus," says Smith, "but it's possible. And I manage it very well. Professors are very supportive as long as you communicate with them beforehand."
Since he started at LETU, Smith says his relationship with God has taken off. He feels that the friends he has chosen here at LETU and the guys on his floor, T3, have helped with that as well.
"The classes really help, especially the Bible classes," says Smith. "It helps with deepening my understanding of the Bible and the ways of God." Smith is a graduate of Terrell High School. He and his parents, Mark and Melissa Smith, are members of Terrell First Baptist Church. While Smith is in Longview he attends Fellowship Bible Church.
Smith leads the team in batting with a .425 average. He played in all 40 games with a team-high 74 hits, 47 runs scored, 44 runs batted in, 13 doubles, a team-high two triples and four home runs. The left-fielder stole 21-of-25 bases – leading the team in that category. Nationally, Smith was tied for sixth in hits, 51 st in stolen bases and 64 th in total bases.
Smith and Nate Tomaszewski earned ASC East Division First-Team honors, while Charles Johnson was named to the second team. Joey Ramos and Travis Self were selected honorable mention.
Tomaszewski (Dove Canyon, Calif.) set a LeTourneau single-season record for doubles with 20. He was second on the team in batting with a .404 average. The sophomore first baseman recorded 63 hits, 42 RBIs, 38 runs scored and nine homers in 40 games. He was 10-of-14 in stolen bases. Nationally, Tomaszewski was eighth in doubles and 18 th in doubles per game. He also ranked 35 th in total bases and 66 th in home runs.
Johnson (Dallas, Texas) finished the season tied for the lead in the American Southwest Conference in home runs with 12. He played in all 40 games and was third on the team in batting with a .376 average. The senior center-fielder had 56 hits, 42 runs scored, drove in 41 and was second on the team in doubles with 14. Nationally, Johnson ranked 23 rd in home runs and 54 th in total bases.
Ramos (Waller, Texas) batted .259 in 40 games. He recorded 37 hits, 29 runs scored, 28 runs batted in, seven home runs, three doubles and one triple. The senior catcher was 7-of-9 on the base paths.
Self (Houston, Texas), third baseman/pitcher, played in 35 games and batted .252. He finished with 34 hits, 25 runs scored, 18 RBIs and nine doubles. On the mound, Self fanned seven in eight appearances.