MESA, Ariz. – Sacramento State had three players named to the All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team at the conference awards banquet Tuesday night in Mesa, Ariz. Junior right handed pitcher Max Karnos was named to the first team while senior outfielder Chris Lewis and junior right handed pitcher Tyler Beardsley were selected to the second team.
Sacramento State had a player selected first team all-WAC for the fifth consecutive season and had multiple all-WAC selections for the fifth straight year.
Karnos had the best ERA among all starting pitchers in WAC play, going 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in nine WAC starts. He allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his nine WAC starts and has a 7-3 record with a 2.77 ERA overall this season. He allowed just 26 earned runs in 84.1 innings pitched with two complete game shutouts and a shared shutout.
In his first season at Sacramento State after transferring from Western Nevada College, Karnos was especially effective in his last three starts of the regular season. Over his last three starts (three Hornet wins) Karnos allowed just three earned runs for a 1.17 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a .187 opposing batting average. He has allowed just two extra-base hits (both doubles) over the three games and had a 16-inning scoreless streak. He threw a shutout against Utah valley and allowed just one run over eight innings at Grand Canyon.
Lewis earned his second all-WAC selection in his storied Hornet career. A fifth-year senior from Newark, Lewis leads the team hitting .310 with six home runs, 39 RBIs, and 33 runs scored this season. He also has the highest on-base percentage and slugging percentage on the team with seven stolen bases, and in WAC play he hit .324 with 24 RBIs.
Lewis leads the team with 19 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games, including a pair of 4-RBI games. A former Freshman All-American and the 2014 WAC Tournament MVP, Lewis ranks third in program history in career RBIs (133) and hits (229) and is fifth in doubles (47) and career at-bats (777).
Beardsley took over as the team's closer in 2016 and has been nearly unhittable, allowing just five earned runs over 43.2 innings pitched this year for a 1.03 ERA with a .207 opposing batting average. He did not allow a run in his first 15.0 innings pitched in WAC play and had a 0.28 ERA over his first 32 innings pitched this year.
Of the 29 games Beardsley has pitched this year the team has won 21 of them as he is 4-1 with 10 saves, tied for the 40th best save total in NCAA Div. I and the third most saves in a season in program history. He was named to the midseason NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, one of 40 pitchers nationally to be listed for the award that honors the top relief pitcher in NCAA Div. I.
Sacramento State is the No. 4 seed for the WAC Tournament and will open play in Mesa facing No. 5 Northern Colorado on Wednesday at 3 p.m.