May 3, 2006
San Bruno, CA- Saint Mary's senior relief pitcher Dan Lewis was named the WCC/Rawlings Co-Pitcher of the Month for April as announced by the conference office today. The accolade is a career first for Lewis and it marks the second consecutive month that the Gaels have nabbed Player of the Month honors.
Lewis had an exceptional month of April coming out of the bullpen for the Gaels, having his hand in six of the 11 victories during the month. The Sacramento native led the West Coast Conference with a staggering 0.86 ERA in 10 appearances. Lewis put together a 2-0 mark and compiled four saves. The senior struck out 17 in 21 innings pitched and held opposing batters to a meager .145 batting average.
Lewis made six appearances of more than one inning and nailed down two saves in multiple inning chances. His three saves and nine games in conference are second in the WCC and his .152 opposing batting average ranks first. Lewis' best performance came in back-to-back conference games. The senior sealed a one-run lead in a three-inning save over Portland. His next outing, Lewis earned the win over Santa Clara with a no-hit three-inning masterpiece. Lewis struck out six to improve to 5-1 on the year.
With two more saves, Lewis will tie Ken Riensche (1985) who holds the single season record at SMC with six. Lewis moved into a tie with Don Tynon (1993-94) for third all-time with eight after tallying a three-inning stopper against Portland. Riensche holds the career mark with 16.
Lewis' selection marks the second consecutive month that SMC has held the accolade. Senior Sam Carter was named WCC Player of the Month for March. Carter has also nailed down a Player of the Week selection along with seniors Delaney Gallagher and Joel Fountain.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, May 5 to host the San Francisco Dons in a three-game WCC series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.