Fresno State's Lambert Named to National Pitcher of the Year Watch List


Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics

LUBBOCK, Texas – Fresno State junior pitcher Jimmy Lambert was named to the initial watch list for the 2016 National Pitcher of the Year presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The right-hander from San Dimas, Calif., is the lone Mountain West hurler to be included in the initial list of 72 pitchers nationwide up for the award.

The 'Dogs Saturday starter, Lambert currently ranks third in the nation in victories with seven and is one of only six pitchers in the country with at least nine starts to be a perfect 7-0. Lambert also ranks sixth in the NCAA in walks allowed per nine innings (0.71) and is seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.8).

Entering this weekend's action against San Jose State, Lambert currently leads the MW in wins (7) and walks allowed (5), while ranking second in innings pitched (63.2) and runs allowed (18). He is also third in ERA (2.26) and fourth in strikeouts (49) and opposing batting average (.242).

In six MW starts, he is 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA and has worked 42.2 innings allowing only four walks and has notched 35 strikeouts.

Lambert joins senior reliever Tim Borst as two Bulldogs who have been named to watch lists this season as Borst was named to the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List on Feb. 15. The midseason release of that list will be announced next Wednesday (April 27).

The National Pitcher of the Year award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock as part of the annual Night of Champions event.