May 1, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz has established himself as one of the nation's elite pitchers this season, and for his efforts on the mound he has been named a semi finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
This year will mark the 30th consecutive year that the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. The winner's name will be announced on June 29, 2007, during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.
In 2007 USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball. After accepting nominations from sports information directors across the country, a committee voted to determine the 50 semi-finalists. The names of the 50 semi-finalists will now be forwarded to a voting body of 125 who will select the 5 finalists and the eventual 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Winner.
"USA Baseball is extremely proud to recognize these 50 athletes and their respective baseball programs as semi-finalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award," Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO, said. "To see 40 different schools represented on this year's semi-finalist list speaks to the level of college baseball talent across the country."
Matusz (9-2, 2.62 ERA) leads the nation in strikeouts with 138 and has been one of the catalysts to the Toreros record setting season in 2007. Matusz has helped anchor down the Toreros rotation as the Friday starter. Matusz has pitched in 96.0 innings, only walking 31 batters and opponents are having difficulty hitting off the south paw as Matusz is holding opposing batters to just a .205 batting average.
Matusz was twice named the National Pitcher of the Week, and also took home one WCC Co-Player of the Month. Matusz is also on the Clemmons Award Watch List, the Howser Trophy Watch List and is a candidate for CSTV's National Player of the Year.
Matusz and the ninth-ranked Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a three-game series with the University of San Francisco in a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.