BOSTON, Mass. – Senior reliever Eric Dumas has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Pitcher of the Year after finishing the regular season with an NCAA leading 13 saves. Dumas is joined on the all-conference first-team by classmates Jimmy Smith and Justin Silvestro, while pitcher Dan Southerland earned a spot on the second-team.
Dumas becomes the fifth Wheaton pitcher to earn NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year honors, collecting the teams sixth overall honor. The righty has made 20 appearances this season, pitching 20.2 innings, collecting 17 strikeouts for a 0.44 earned run average (ERA). He has allowed just five runs on 17 hits to the 80 batters he's faced, holding them to a .213 batting average. His 13 saves is the third best by a Lyon pitcher in a single season.
"At this time of year, individual awards are obviously not the focus. That said, I'm proud of Eric because of what he has had to overcome and the determination he has shown while working his way back to form. It says a lot about his character, perseverance and dedication to his team," said head coach Eric Podbelski.
Smith earns his first NEWMAC All-Conference honor after playing in all but one game for Wheaton. The senior outfielder leads the conference in stolen bases with 28, while ranking fifth in runs (42), seventh in triples (2), and eighth in hits (52). Smith ended the regular season with a .391 on base percentage and .325 batting average, as well as a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Silvestro earns his third NEWMAC honor of his career and second first-team nod after playing in every game this season for the Lyons. The senior third baseman leads the NEWMAC in plate appearances with 188, while ranking third in doubles (14), seventh in home runs (5) and eighth in runs batted in (34). His .509 slugging percentage is the ninth best in the NEWMAC, while his .355 batting average ranks him 16th overall.
Southland picks up his first NEWMAC honor of his career after making nine appearances for Wheaton this season. The sophomore right-hander leads the league in both wins (7) and shutouts (1). His 2.56 ERA is the third best by a starting pitcher in the NEWMAC. Southerland has faced 203 batters in 56.1 innings, allowing just 18 runs on 35 hits, while striking out 37.
The Lyons return to action on May 18 for the NCAA Tournament Regionals hosted at Eastern Connecticut. Wheaton concluded the regular season with a 30-11 overall record and 13-4 NEWMAC standing, while earning the programs 14th NEWMAC Tournament Championship.