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Pepperdine's Hunter and San Diego's Matusz Earn Freshman All-American Honors

June 30, 2006

San Diego left-hander Brian Matusz and Pepperdine closer Brett Hunter were named to the Baseball America Freshman All-American second team as announced on Friday.

Matusz, a 6-4 freshman from Cave Creek, Ariz., picked up his fourth individual award after a stellar freshman campaign that saw him also be selected as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, a West Coast Conference honorable mention and an All-WCC Freshman team selection. Matusz finished his first season in a Torero uniform by fanning 93 batters, walking 39 and posting a 4.25 ERA and posting a record of 4-3. Matusz also earned one WCC Pitcher of the Week award this season after turning in a dominating performance against Pepperdine University on April 21. During this performance he allowed one run on five hits. He allowed four of the five hits in the first four innings, and then he settled down and only allowed one hit for the remainder of his outing. Matusz also held the normally potent Pepperdine batters to a .192 batting average in the win.

Brett Hunter, who helped Pepperdine to the West Coast Conference championship and a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, joined Matusz on the Freshman All-American second team. Hunter, who was named as a relief pitcher on the team, was previously selected a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball in addition to being named to the WCC's All-Freshman Team and a first team all-conference pick. Hunter assumed the closer's role at the outset of the season and posted a 5-3 record, 2.83 ERA and 11 saves while appearing in a team-high 29 games, all but two as a reliever. His 11 saves tied for 22nd in the country and are the third-most in a single-season at Pepperdine.