Stanford's Matthiessen earns All-American recognition


Stanford junior right-hander/designated hitter Will Matthiessen has been named a third-team All-American as a utility player by the American Baseball Coaches Association it was announced Saturday.

Matthiessen earned the recognition at both positions, 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 Perfect Game All-America, All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Academic and Stanford Regional All-Tournament team honors and was a finalist for the John Olerud award, annually given to the nation's best two-way player.

Georgia's Aaron Schunk, a second-round pick by the Colorado Rockies, won the honor. He led the Bulldogs with a .339 average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. On the mound, he recorded 12 saves to go with a 1-2 record and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances.

— Staff report

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