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Former Diamond Don Nick Pereira Named Giant's Organizational Player of the Month

May 3, 2006

(San Francisco) - Former USF standout right-hander Nick Pereira was named as the San Francisco Giants Organizational Player of the Month for April as announced by the club today. A 2005 All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, Pereira turned in a dominating month for the Class A San Jose Giants, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and struck out 23 batters in 24.0 innings.

A 10th round selection by the San Francisco Giants in 2005, Pereira ranks second in the California League in ERA (1.13) WHIP (0.71) and wins (three). The Cupertino native walked just four batters in four starts.Pereira was one of the key elements for USF's record breaking 2005 season as the Dons established new school records for wins (38) and West Coast Conference wins (20). The ace for a USF pitching staff boasting a team ERA of 2.86, good for sixth place among NCAA Division I leaders, Pereira was honored as the March WCC/Rawlings Co-Pitcher of the Month and collected three WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week awards in 2005.

Pereira completed his senior campaign with a 10-3 record and a dazzling 2.21 ERA in 16 starts. Pereira threw 106.0 innings, giving up 90 hits, striking out 93, while walking 33. Opponents hit just .230, while left-handers managed just a .186 average. Earlier in the season Pereira had a scoreless innings streak of 23.1 innings. In recognition for his outstanding efforts on the mound, Pereira earned the "Jesse Foppert Award" presented to the Diamond Dons top pitcher.