Named to Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American
right-hander Jensen Lewis has been named to the 2003 Collegiate
Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team announced
Thursday, June 5, by the national publication. Lewis was one
of nine relief pitchers and 76 freshmen honored.
Lewis, a 6-3, 185-pounder from Cincinnati’s Anderson
High School, ranked among the top pitchers in the Southeastern
Conference in several categories, including saves (fourth
with eight), games finished (sixth with 15), appearances (tied
for seventh with 25), opposing batting average (eighth at
.236) and games in relief (10th with 21).
In 26 appearances, including four starts, Lewis recorded
a 3-6 mark and 3.00 ERA, allowing 50 hits and 23 runs (19
earned) with 62 strikeouts and 20 walks in 57 innings pitched.
Six of his eight saves came against SEC foes.
Lewis’ eight saves were one shy of setting a single-season
record at Vanderbilt. He was a valuable component of a pitching
staff that finished the regular season with 3.53 ERA, ranking
fourth in the league. Commodore hurlers ended the season with
a 3.46 ERA, the school's lowest since the 1973 squad registered
a 3.21 ERA.
Over his last 15 appearances of the season, Lewis posted
a 1-2 mark and 1.55 ERA , with 33 strikeouts and 10 walks
while surrendering nine runs (five earned) in 29 innings.
Lewis made two starts during that stretch, including a 4-0
win at Western Kentucky on May 6. He struck out six and retired
all 15 batters he faced in Vanderbilt’s four-pitcher
perfect game win over the Hilltoppers. It marked the first
perfect game in Commodore history.
Lewis becomes the fifth consecutive hurler under Vanderbilt
pitching coach Derek Johnson to earn the publication’s
freshman award. Fellow Commodore Jeremy Sowers won the honor
last season while Jack Collins (2001), Andy Wilson (2000)
and Lenny DiNardio (1999) received the accolade during Johnson’s
tenure as pitching coach at Stetson (1998-2001).
During the 2003 season, Vanderbilt qualified for its first
SEC Tournament appearance since 1996 while finishing with
a 27-28 overall record and 14-16 league mark.