Right-handed reliever Jake Matthys, the Kansas State record holder for wins and saves by a freshman, picked up his second Freshman All-America accolade with a second team distinction by Baseball America.
Matthys, who became the sixth Wildcat to earn Freshman All-America honors since 2006 when he was honored by Collegiate Baseball last month, was one of just two relief pitchers and the lone Big 12 player to be mentioned by Baseball America.
A product of Spring Lake Park, Minn., Matthys finished his rookie campaign with a 9-2 record and a stellar 2.05 ERA to go along with nine saves. Aside from the school freshman records, Matthys broke the school record for single-season appearances, tied for second in K-State history in wins and tied for fifth in saves. He also recorded the most wins by a K-State relief pitcher in the Big 12 era and finished the year ranked eighth in single-season ERA. Matthys continually performed well under pressure, allowing just three of his 31 inherited runners to score and retiring 25 of his 33 first batters faced out of the bullpen.
Matthys earned two saves during the NCAA Manhattan Regional to help the Wildcats win their first-ever regional title. He was also the winning pitcher against No. 19 Oklahoma when K-State claimed its first conference championship in 80 years and tallied a victory in the opener of the Corvallis Super Regional as the Wildcats won, 6-2, in 10 innings.
The honor from Baseball America continued a long list of accolades for the right-hander as he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, an All-Big 12 First Team performer and a member of the Big 12 All-Freshman team.