TOWSON, Md. - Four members of the Catholic University baseball team earned spots on the All-Landmark Conference teams, as announced by the league office Monday morning. Senior Jon Mierzwa was named to the First Team and the Landmark Pitcher of the Year while juniors Ross Dean and Nolan Lundholm and senior Bailey Lewis earned Second Team honors.
Mierzwa earns First Team honors after being the Landmark's most dominant pitcher this spring. In the final start of his career, he became the all-time leader in Landmark Conference history with 286 career strikeouts. He made his mark on Catholic baseball's history as well as he is the first Cardinal to be awarded Landmark Pitcher of the Year.
The senior from Laurel, Md. led a few major pitching categories, tying for the lead in wins (7), leading all pitchers in strikeouts (72), and boasting the best earned run average for starters (2.04). Boasting a 7-0 record in starts, Mierzwa struck out 72 batters in 66.2 innings and added two complete games. In conference games, the senior went 4-0 with 39 strikeouts. After earning Second Team honors after his freshman year in 2016, Mierzwa has earned All-Landmark First Team accolades in three straight seasons.
Dean earned All-Conference honors for the first time in his career after a 5-2 season on the mound for the Cardinals. He stepped up as an integral conference weekend starter for Catholic, striking out 50 batters in 55.2 innings. His best performance was a complete game win over Scranton on March 30, in which he gave up one run in seven innings to stop a four-game conference losing streak.
Lundholm transformed into one of Catholic's most important hitters for head coach Ross Natoli and Catholic to earn his first All-Conference honors on the Second Team. After just two at-bats a season ago, the junior from Missouri City, Texas transitioned into a first baseman role in addition to pitching. Lundholm hit .356 and was fourth in the Landmark in RBIs with 37. He led Catholic in doubles (15), walks (25), and on-base percentage (.460). The left-hander also made his presence felt on the mound, leading the Cardinals with three saves.
Lewis garners Second-Team honors for a second straight season after finishing second in the Landmark with 40 RBIs and third with 60 hits, both marks that led Catholic. The senior from Matthews, N.C. is also a Landmark all-time leader currently, as he finished with 12 career triples after seven this season. Starting in all 43 games this season, Lewis also led the Cardinals in stolen bases (10) and batting average (.364).
Catholic's season ended Saturday evening in a 3-1 defeat to Moravian in the conference tournament. The Cardinals have appeared in 12-straight Landmark Conference Tournaments and captured the crown in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2018.