May 22, 2012
PEARL, Miss. -- Marshall shortstop Sergio Leon has been named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team, as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.
Leon, a true freshman from Miami, Fla., started 42 games for the Thundering Herd as a second baseman turned shortstop. Leon missed Marshall’s other 12 games due to an injury he sustained early in the season.
Leon batted .302 for the year, ranking third on the team to juniors Nathan Gomez (.316) and Isaac Ballou (.308). Leon’s 12 multihit games, which included two four-hit games, helped him lead the team in average twice this season as it climbed as high as .333 on April 10 then .330 after the series against No. 9 Rice on April 15.
In fact, Leon batted .423 against nationally ranked opponents, including a 7-for-14 effort against No. 13 UCF. During that series, Leon hit his first and only home run off UCF starter Brian Adkins as part of a perfect 4-for-4 outing in game two. That home run was one of only four Adkins allowed over 72 innings this season and propelled Marshall to its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent in the last two seasons.
Three of Leon’s 12 multihit games came against Rice or UCF.
Leon drove in 20 runs and scored 20 others over the course of his 42 starts. Further, he was successful this season on seven of eight stolen base attempts.
Leon owned an eight-game hitting streak from February 18 (game two of the season) to March 3 and matched it by hitting safely in the final eight games of his 2012 campaign.