June 5, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior left-hander Brian Matusz of the University of San Diego baseball team was drafted No 4 overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Matusz is now the highest USD player ever drafted in the current format of the MLB draft.
Matusz is coming off a season where he in which he led the NCAA in strikeouts (141) and tied for 5th in the country in wins (12) and he posted a 1.71 ERA, which is fourth all-time at USD in single-season ERA. The junior lefty was named 2008 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, named a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American and finished the season as the all-time career leader at San Diego in strikeouts (396). The junior southpaw also tied the program single-game record for strikeouts with 17 in a win against Harvard on March 22, 2008.
He was drafted in the fourth round by the Angels in 2005, but he elected to attend school instead. Matusz became the first San Diego player to be named as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award -- given to the best amateur baseball player -- and he helped the team achieve its highest ranking (No. 4) last season. Matusz was a member of the 2007 USA Baseball National Team and is also named a finalist for the Roger Clemens award.