St. Catharine, Ky. -- Senior right-hander, Daniel Lerma was named the Mid-South Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.
The Oxnard, California native picks up his first weekly honor of the season and the first of his career.
Lerma picked up a win in his second-straight in the Patriots 8-1 win over Pikeville (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Lerma improves to 5-3 overall in the season.
Against the Bears, Lerma tossed seven shutout innings, while surrendering just one hit and two walks. He also struck out six batters in the game.
After not allowing a run against the Bears, Lerma lowered his overall ERA to a conference best 1.36. In five starts within conference play, Lerma holds a 0.44 ERA that reigns supreme in the MSC.
Lerma’s numbers not only rank among the best in the conference, but also nationally where he ranks in nine different categories. He ranks seventh in the NAIA in ERA (1.36) and 13th in total innings pitched with 72.2 innings pitched.
The senior is holding opponents to a .185 batting average, which ranks best in the MSC and 14th in the NAIA. Lerma has allowed eight free passes on the season for an average of .99 per nine innings where he ranks 17th in the nation.
Lerma will return to the mound this Friday when he faces Cumberlands (Ky.) in a pivotal three-game series in conference play.