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Stanford baseball collects a few more postseason honors

 

Will Matthiessen earned All-America honorable mention as a utility player and freshman right-hander Alex Williams earned Freshman All-America second team honors by Perfect Game/Rawlings and Matthiessen and Jack Little were named to the All-West Region second team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Matthiessen (management science and engineering), who earns the recognition as a designated hitter and pitcher, leading the Cardinal in batting average (.310), hits (67), RBI (52) and on-base percentage (.389) while finishing the season slugging .532 with 12 home runs.

On the mound, Matthiessen finished 6-2 with a 3.83 earned-run average and 56 strikeouts compared to 19 walks in 54.0 inning pitched across 16 appearances, including eight starts.

The 184th overall pick in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Matthiessen also garnered All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Academic and Stanford Regional All-Tournament team honors and is a finalist for the John Olerud award, annually given to the nation's best two-way player.

Williams, a native of Castro Valley, had a 2.56 earned-run average and 0.97 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in 14 appearances, including 10 starts. Williams has issued just eight walks with 43 strikeouts in 63.1 innings pitched, holding opposing hitters to a .226 batting average.

Little (management science and engineering) joins Matthiessen on the second team after finishing the season with a 3.37 ERA, 55 strikeouts to 11 walks and a .226 opposing batting average across 25 appearances. Little's 12 saves ranked second in the Pac-12, giving him 28 for his career, which is a program record.

The 161st overall pick in fifth round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Little was also named All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Academic first team and CoSIDA Academic All-District 8.

— Staff report

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