Team captain along with Nick Blue and Seth Hill... a very talented hitter who hits for power and average... hits to all fields... equally well off right-handed and left-handed pitching... a good fielder with an accurate arm in the outfield... spent the last two summers with Chatham in the Cape Cod League.
2002: JUNIOR YEAR
2nd Team All-American (Baseball Weekly)
1st Team All-ACC
ACC All-Tournament Team
Developed as one of the top players in the country with a monster year at the plate... ranked among the national leaders in runs batted in with 77, the fourth-best mark in Wake Forest history... batted .366 with 17 home runs and a .629 slugging percentage... finished the year on a major tear with a team-best 19-game hitting streak... had at least one RBI in 12 of his last 17 games... reached base in all seven plate appearances against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament... went 9-for-17 at the ACC Tournament with two homers, seven RBI and five walks... homered nine times against ACC teams -- three vs. Maryland, two vs. Florida State and one vs. Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State and Duke... had multi-hit games against Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia... had 22 multi-hit games... drove in 29 runs vs. ACC teams, fifth in the league... maintained a .300 average every day after February 24... drove in 21 runs in just 12 games in the month of May... had seven game-winning RBIs including two in the final at-bat... doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth against Georgia Tech... beat Virginia Tech in the final at-bat with a bases loaded single... drove in four runs vs. Florida State... drove in five runs vs. Maryland... knocked in a career-high six runs vs. Davidson on May 1... ended the year with a .353 career batting average, 10th best in Wake Forest history.
2001: SOPHOMORE YEAR
Batted .363 overall and .423 in the ACC second on the team only to Cory Sullivan... saw the ball very well in the ACC Tournament, hitting a team leading .583 with seven hits in 12 at-bats... was the team?s best hitter in the second half, hitting at a .410 rate... owned a 13-game hitting streak from March 13 to April 4 and batted .444 (20-for-45) during that span... was 7-for-15 at Georgia Tech with at least two hits in all three games... went 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI at Maryland on April 27... got the game-winning RBI, a sac fly, in Wake?s 9-8 comeback win against Virginia... was a remarkable 7-for-11 against Seminole pitching with multi-hit games in all three contests in Tallahassee... cranked a grand slam in the fifth inning of the Saturday game at Chapel Hill for a career-high four RBI... crushed a home run off the right field foul pole at VCU?s The Diamond on March 13, his first dinger of the season... hit his first career triple at Liberty... got off to a slow start while recovering from a back injury he suffered in the fall.
2000: FRESHMAN YEAR
Batted .304 in his rookie season... played 34 games and started 22... hit three home runs with 17 RBI in 92 at bats... did not make an error in 38 chances... homered in the NCAA regional against South Carolina... enjoyed a 2-for-3 day with three RBI and two runs against Davidson on February 24... homered against East Tennessee State in a 2-for-4 day... had a five-game hitting streak late in the year and got nine hits out of 13 at bats (.692) from April 15-22.
LAGUNA HILLS HS
Lettered in baseball, football and soccer at Laguna Hills and was on the honor roll for four years... a four-year starter and All-league performer in baseball... named All-CIF and All-Orange County as a senior... hit .420 with 12 home runs as a senior and batted .418 with eight homers as a junior... set a school record for home runs... also a four-year starter on the soccer team and holds the school record with 58 career goals... on the gridiron, he averaged 41 yards per punt and rushed for 1,210 yards as a senior.
ODDS & ENDS
Politics major... a former Chicago Cubs draft pick... Full name is Ryan Eric Johnson... parents are Eric and Deanne Johnson... father, Eric, played college baseball.
Off the Field with Ryan Johnson
Cape Cod Lobster
East Asian Politics
My Favorite Coach Greer Phrase:
?Johnson, what were you doing??
My Favorite Coach Mabe Phrase:
Anything with ?Y?all?
My Favorite All-Time Sporting Event:
Kirk Gibson?s Home Run in the ?88 World Series
The Best Sportscaster is:
The Person In History I?d Like To Meet:
Lou Gehrig and Thomas Jefferson
The Most Famous Person You?ve Ever Met: Colin Powell
If I Lost All My Possessions But One, I?d Keep: My bat
Favorite Sport Besides Baseball:
My Best Non-Athletic Talent:
Career Highs Last Time It Happened
Hits: 4 twice HR: vs. Clemson (5-25-02)
RBI: 6 vs. Davidson (5-1-02) Multi-Hit: vs. Richmond (6-2-02)
HR: 2 vs. Maryland (4-21-02) Multi-HR: vs. Maryland (4-21-02)