The Golden Eagles go for sweep with 2 p.m., contest on Saturday.
Named a preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
Member of the Golden Spikes 60-man Watch List for top collegiate amateur player ... Finalist for the Ferris Trophy, given to top collegiate baseball player in state of Mississippi ... Named a first-team Conference USA selection for the second consecutive season ... Posted a 9-2 record with a 2.57 earned run average to go along with 98 strikeouts and just 28 walks ... It was the most strikeouts for a Golden Eagle in a season since Shea Douglas posted 108 during the 2002 campaign ... Made 16 appearances, including 15 starts ... Tallied a team-best four complete games ... Won C-USA Pitcher of the Week honor with complete-game win over Memphis (4/20) as it was the only C-USA weekly award during the season and third of his career ... Went at least 5 1/3 innings in 25 of 29 career starts ... Allowed one run on six hits in season debut in win over Missouri (2/15) ... Gave up just three singles versus Eastern Illinois (2/22) in 7 1/3, before leaving game after an 1:18 rain delay ... Struckout season-high 11 in victory at Troy (3/1) in 7 1/3 innings ... Recorded first complete game of the year with 10 Ks against UL Lafayette (3/8) ... Limited Rice (3/22) to just a run on seven hits over seven innings in a win ... Had quality starts in 11 of 15 appearances to open a game ... Went at least 7 innings in 11 of 15 starts, including his first 10 of his first 11 ... Finished C-USA play with a 5-1 mark in eight starts ... Eagles were 16-2 in games in which he fanned at least five batters in his career ... Had a string of three straight starts, 4/6-4/20 in which he gave up just three earned runs over 26 innings of work for a 1.04 ERA to go along with 22 strikeouts and just five walks ... Named a preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball
A first-team All-Conference USA selection and was named the Newcomer of the Year by the league ... Posted a 7-4 record with a 1.99 earned run average in 15 appearances, including 14 starts ... Led the team in victories, earned run average, innings pitched (99.1) and strikeouts (96) ... Allowed just 16 walks ... Ranked second in C-USA in ERA and innings pitched, and third in strikeouts ... His seven victories was tied for fifth-best in the league ... His strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.0) ranked 15th nationally and his ERA was No. 18 in the NCAA ... Had 10 quality starts on the year (3 ER or less with at least 6 innings of work) ... Fanned 10 or more batters five times including a season-high 15 in his first C-USA start against Houston (3/23) ... Last at least six innings in 11 starts and reached the sixth inning in all but one start during the campaign ... Earned Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors twice, capturing his first co-honors with Rice's Matthew Reckling on March 26, after his shutout performance against Houston (3/23), allowing no runs on seven hits with his season-high strikeout total over seven innings ... Voted second Pitcher of the Week Award on May 14, after throwing a three-hit complete-game shutout against East Carolina (5/11), giving up just three hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts ... Blanked Marshall (4/27) for eight innings to get his ERA down to a season-low 1.58 ... The Golden Eagles scored more than three runs just six times in his 14 starts ... Pitched nine scoreless innings against UCF (4/13) and allowed just five hits and three walks, while whiffing 10 as the game was decided 1-0 in 14 frames
A Division II 1st-Team NJCAA All-American in 2011 at Jones County Junior College ... Finished as Division II national runners-up that season ... Was 21-5 overall at Jones County JC and was 11-3 in 2011 with a 1.99 ERA over 113.1 IP ... Allowed 78 hits, 19 walks and fanned 126 ... Named NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week in April of 2011 as he threw a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts against Southwest Mississippi ... An All-State South selection ... Posted a 10-2 record with four saves in 19 appearances his freshman campaign ... Fanned 106 and walked just 23 in 93 innings and posted a 1.94 earned run average
Played at Stringer High School for coach Tommy Perkins
Son of Kevin Pierce and Lesa Lewis ... Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in Sport Management ... Born on January 26, 1991
Career Highs Innings Pitched: 9.0, three times, (last vs. East Carolina, 5/11/12 Strikeouts: 15 vs. Houston, 3/23/12 Walks: 3, twice (last at Marshall, 4/27/12 Hits: 9, three times (last at Tulane, 5/4/12 Runs: 4, three times (last vs. Memphis, 5/23/12 Earned Runs: 4, three times (last vs. Memphis, 5/23/12)