April 22, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – On the heels of a career-long 4.1 scoreless inning effort Sunday at No. 27 Oklahoma State, Kansas State freshman right-hander Jake Matthys has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
The designation marks the first of Matthys’ career, while he is the third Wildcat to pick up weekly conference honors this season. Tanner Witt was named the player of the week on March 25 and Jon Davis earned the same accolade on April 8. Matthys is the first K-State player to earn newcomer honors since Joe Flattery on May 21, 2012.
Matthys began his week by tossing a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout Tuesday night at Wichita State to register his third save of the year. On Sunday in Stillwater, Okla., the right-hander was called upon in the fifth inning of a 2-2 ballgame with the go-ahead run on base. After inducing a ground ball to get out of the inning, Matthys worked around a leadoff double in the sixth and a leadoff infield single in the ninth to shut down the Cowboys over the final four innings.
Matthys, who at one point retired nine-straight batters, allowed only the two hits with no walks and three strikeouts as he bettered his previous long outing of 2.1 innings against George Mason on February 21. The Spring Lake Park, Minn., native also threw 58 pitches in the contest, 22 more than his previous career high.
Matthys’ performance Sunday gave him his sixth victory of the year, the most by a Wildcat relief pitcher in the Big 12 era, and he is now one win away from tying the K-State freshman record. Matthys, who holds a 6-0 record, yielded only a .111 opponent batting average over his 5.1 scoreless innings last week. The right-hander also lowered his ERA to 1.35, including a 0.77 mark in Big 12 games.
Kansas State returns to action Wednesday evening with a 6:35 p.m., contest against Nebraska at Hawks Field in Lincoln, Neb. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN. Free live audio is also available online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.