St. Paul's Johnson picks Boston College

Right-handed pitcher has 24-4 career record

Baseball

High Schools

October 07, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

St. Paul's pitcher Steve Johnson has accepted a baseball scholarship to Boston College.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-hander, chose the Eagles over Vanderbilt, Virginia, Maryland and Clemson. Boston College, an up-and-coming Division I program, lost to Notre Dame in last year's Big East Conference final, but will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2006.

"I loved it up there when I visited, told my parents that if I ever move anywhere, it will be up near Boston, " said Johnson, the first baseball player named All-Metro in each of his first three seasons and the only Maryland player chosen for the second AFLAC All-American Baseball Classic held at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen this summer.

"I also felt very comfortable with the coaches ... just seems like a great fit for me. Weather-wise, it's the same as Maryland; might get a little colder, but I don't mind that. And the fact they're going into the ACC was a big factor. "

Johnson will get a chance to be a weekend starter for the Eagles, which means he will get to pitch conference games.

"Hopefully, I can show them what I've got and earn one of those spots," Johnson said.

Johnson, the son of former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson, was 9-2 with a 0.98 ERA last spring at St. Paul's and is 24-4 with a 1.75 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 185 career innings.

A shortstop when he didn't pitch, Johnson batted .288 with 46 runs, six homers and 24 RBIs. Johnson said Boston College promised to give him a good look as a hitter.

Johnson, 16, played this summer with the Maryland Orioles, who won the All American Amateur Baseball Association 20-and-under national championship.

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