Named to Baseball America All-Conference Team; also voted no. 1 prospect from the league and BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year; and the BIG EAST pitcher who possesses the "Best Fastball" and "Best Breaking Ball" ... Selected to 2004 Preseason Baseball America All-America Second Team and the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Third Team ...Voted 2004 Preseason BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year ...Named to the Preseason BIG EAST First Team (unanimous selection) ...Played for the Chatham Athletics in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, finishing with a record of 3-3, 56 strikeouts and 2.12 ERA; won the league's John Claffey New England Top Prospect Award.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2003)
Received several post season honors: ABCA All-America Third Team, ABCA Northeast Region First Team pitcher, NCBWA District I Player of the Year, ECAC All Star ... Named BIG EAST pitcher of the week three times: March 10 - after Indiana game, giving up only three hits and 12 strikeouts; April 29 - after a win against Seton Hall when he threw a no-hitter for 5.2 innings and finished a complete game, surrendering only three hits and striking out seven; May 5 - after a one-hit shutout against Pittsburgh, compiling eight strikeouts in seven innings of work ... Also named ECAC pitcher of the week on May 5 ... Team leader and second in BIG EAST with strikeouts (88) ... Second in BIG EAST for complete games (seven)... ERA of 2.71 (fourth in BIG EAST and 59th in the nation) ... Held batters to .216 batting average over the spring ... Pitched a team-high 79.2 innings ... Had four consecutive wins to close out the season at 8-2 ... One of the best pitchers in the country ... Tabbed a Preseason Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... Was the only unanimous selection on the 2003 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team ... Also the 2003 BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year ... Rated the 14th-best sophomore in the country by Baseball America ... Baseball America also named him: preseason all-conference, BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year and the No. 1 pitching prospect in the BIG EAST, in addition to possessing the "Best Fastball" in the conference.
AS A FRESHMAN (2002)
Became the first pitcher in conference history to claim pitcher - and rookie-of-the-year honors ... Joined Connecticut's Charles Nagy ('87) as the only freshman to be named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year ... Selected a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and Baseball America ... Garnered American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Northeast region First Team accolades ... BIG EAST earned run average champion (2.76) for all games played ... Ranked second in the conference in opponents batting average (.216), tied for second in wins (nine) and complete games (five) and was fifth in strikeouts (87) ... Came out of the bullpen in his first seven appearances, then was inserted into the rotation at the start of the BIG EAST season and made 10 straight starts ... Won his first nine decisions before dropping his last three ... Of his nine wins, five were in BIG EAST competition (3/24 - Rutgers, 3/30 - Pittsburgh, 4/12 - West Virginia, 4/20 - Villanova, 4/27 - St. John's) ... In his first start, which was against Rutgers All-American Bobby Brownlie, he went five innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out seven ... Threw seven shutout innings of three-hit ball versus the Mountaineers ... Fanned a season-high 12 batters against the Pirates ... Earned his first collegiate victory against Davidson (2/17), pitching two innings of no-hit, four-strikeout relief ... Gave up one hit and struck out seven in 4.1 innings of relief en route to picking up the win vs. Delaware (3/16) ... His ERA never rose above 3.00.
Played under Don Mensuar at Manchester Memorial High School ... Captain of his high school squad his senior year ... Was a Crusader nominee his senior year ... Won the Legion league batting title and was named MVP his senior year.
Born March 8, 1983 ... Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences as a political science major ... Played hockey for the Lock Monsters in the E.J.H.L. ... Was named National Merit Commended Scholar ... Chris is the only child of Debra and Raymond Lambert.
LAMBERT'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year ERA W-L APP IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR
2002 2.76 9-3 17 78.1 59 36 24 51 87 12 0 3
2003 2.71 8-2 13 79.2 61 29 24 38 88 10 0 2
Totals 2.73 17-5 30 158.0 120 65 48 89 175 22 0 5