The Commodores met with the media Sunday prior to the CWS championship series.
Career Game Highs Innings Pitched: 8.0, 4/21/15 vs. Middle Tennessee St. Strikeouts: 9, 3/11/15 vs. Quinnipiac Hits Allowed: 8, 3/27 at Missouri Walks Allowed: 3, 3/1/15 vs. Illinois State Runs Allowed: 6, 2/25/15 vs. Western Kentucky
COACH CORBIN QUOTE: Ryan is completely immersed in the team and what it stands for. He had a very nice first year with us, pitching very well in midweek games. He is very skilled with the baseball and has a high baseball acumen. His versatility will allow us to use him in many roles. I like his even disposition and his quiet confidence.
2016 - Started for the second straight week, allowing three runs on five hits over three innings in a no decision vs. Central Arkansas 4/19... Picked up his fourth win in his first start of the season vs. Middle Tennessee 4/12 allowing two runs on five hits over four innings... Gave up two runs on a home run in one inning vs. Lipscomb 4/5... Allowed two inherited runners to score on lone hit allowed in loss to South Carolina 4/1... Earned his third win of the year at Missouri 3/27 working 5.1 innings and allowing a career-high eight hits and five runs, four earned... Gave up one run on two hits over 1.2 innings against Mississippi State 3/20... Tossed a perfect inning in win vs. NIU 3/15... Recorded two outs in series-clinching win at Stanford 3/6... Tossed two innings at Stanford 3/3 in first game of DH allowing one unearned run on two hits... Picked up his second win in as many outings with one inning of work against UIC 2/27 allowing one run on three hits... Earned the win in his season debut against San Diego 2/21 working four scoreless innings with three strikeouts and allowing only two hits.
2015 - Pinned with his first career loss in SEC Tournament championship game vs. Florida 5/24 allowing four runs on six hits over 1.2 innings... Gave up four runs on six hits over three-plus innings out of the bullpen in comeback win over Missouri 5/20... Earned the win at Louisville with 5.1 strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts to improve to 5-0 on the season... Dominated MTSU over a career-long eight scoreless innings, scattering five hits with no walks and three strikeouts, became just the third VU pitcher this year to pitch at least eight innings joining Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler... Tossed three scoreless innings out of the pen vs. Ole Miss 4/11 stranding his sixth straight inherited runner... Allowed three runs on four hits over 1.1 innings at Georgia 4/4... Picked up his third win of the year with four solid innings out of the bullpen vs. Tennessee 3/29 allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts... Worked a perfect ninth inning to finish off series opening win over Tennessee 3/27... Tossed a career-best six innings to notch his second win of the season allowing one run on five hits vs. Tennessee Tech 3/17... Worked 1.1 innings vs. Arkansas 3/14 in first game of DH allowing one run on four hits... Earned his first collegiate victory with five perfect innings out of the bullpen vs. Quinnipiac 3/11 striking out a career-best nine... Turned in 4.2 no-hit, scoreless innings of relief vs. Illinois State 3/1... Gave up six runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings in his first career start vs. Western Kentucky 2/25... Made his collegiate debut with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief vs. Indiana State 2/21 in Port Charlotte, Fla. allowing two hits and striking out two.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played for the Cedar Park Timberwolves where he was Newcomer of the Year and second team All-CenTex in 2010... Team won a share of the district championship in 2011-12... Named District 25-4A MVP and second team All-CenTex in 2012... First team pitcher on the All-CenTex team in 2013... Won 19 games in his career and posted a school record 1.04 ERA during the 2013 season.
ACADEMICS - Majoring in sociology.
PERSONAL - Ryan Mitchell Johnson... Born 6/30/95 in Austin, Texas... Only child of Steve and Shelley... Favorites include Robinson Cano (baseball player), Texas Rangers (baseball team), MLB The Show (video game), 42 (movie), Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Duck Dynasty (TV shows), steak (meal), Cody Johnson, Aaron Watson, George Strait (musicians), Rice Krispie treats (late night snack), Clearwater, Fla. (vacation spot)... If he were not an athlete he would be a coach... Lists being a wiffle ball pitcher as his oddest talent... Roommates with Karl Ellison and Tyler Campbell... Chose Vanderbilt for “the amazing academics and baseball team.”