THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — After being named the SCIAC Pitcher of the Week yesterday, junior Christian Slattery continues to impress, this time garnering D3baseball.com's national Team of the Week honors. The closer was named the committee's Relief Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career after collecting a save and a win in Cal Lutheran's three-game sweep over Redlands.
Slattery is currently sixth in the nation with eight saves and tied for first in the conference. The right-hander picked up his eighth save in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Bulldogs, coming in the ninth to slam the door on a one-run ballgame.
Two of his other saves came against No. 9 Texas Lutheran on March 1 and No. 11 Chapman on March 16. He additionally leads the Kingsmen pitching staff with a 1.74 ERA.
Slattery went on to come in the eighth inning of game three of the series, and induced three straight flyouts to strand the go-ahead run for the Bulldogs on third. He returned for the ninth, now with the lead, and facing the top of the lineup once again, he fooled two batters swinging to clinch the series sweep with a 7-5 win.
The weekend results move Cal Lutheran to 23-11 on the year and 12-6 in the SCIAC standings, tied with La Verne for second and just one game behind Chapman in first.
The junior is the second Kingsmen named to D3baseball.com's Team of the Week this season; sophomore Tanner Wright was selected earlier as the Third Baseman of the Week on March 5.
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