June 12, 2008
Durham, NC - WCC players continue to earn postseason recognition, as Baseball America named San Diego's Brian Matusz a first team All-American on Thursday, while Pepperdine's Eric Thames and USD's Josh Romanski were named to the second and third teams, respectively.
Matusz enjoyed an outstanding junior campaign, leading the NCAA in strikeouts (141) and tying for fifth in the country in wins (12). He posted a 1.71 ERA, which is the fourth best single-season mark in USD history. The junior left-hander was named the 2008 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, and finished the season as the all-time career leader at San Diego in strikeouts (396). The southpaw also tied the program single-game record for strikeouts with 17 in a win against Harvard on March 22, 2008. Matusz became USD's highest draft pick of the current draft format as he was taken No. 4 overall by the Baltimore Orioles.
Thames, who was also tabbed for second-team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball in May, was named the 2008 WCC Player of the Year after enjoying one of the best offensive seasons in Pepperdine history. The San Jose, CA native batted .407 with 13 homers and 59 RBI during the regular season, leading the Waves in nine categories, including batting average, home runs, hits, runs scored, RBI, triples, walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Thames is Pepperdine's second All-American in as many years, following former teammate Barry Enright, and was drafted in the seventh round of the MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Romanski, who was named a third-team All-American as a utility player, posted an overall record of 9-1 with a 4.00 ERA on the mound, and hit .324 with 73 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 49 RBI at the plate. Romanski also took home first-team All-WCC honors, and tossed his first collegiate no-hitter on March 24 against Harvard, in which he faced one batter above the minimum and recorded eight strikeouts. Romanski was drafted in fifth round of this year's MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.