Kansas State reliever Jake Matthys became the sixth Wildcat player to be named to a Freshman All-America team since 2006 when Collegiate Baseball tabbed the first-year relief specialist to its All-Freshman team at the end of the 2013 collegiate baseball season. Baseball America has since also recognized the talented K-State first-year player, naming him to its Freshman All-America Second Team, the only Big 12 player to be so honored by Baseball America.
Matthys ended the 2013 campaign with a 9-2 record compiled over 61 1/3 innings and 34 appearances, all but one in relief. He posted a 2.05 ERA for the season and held opposing teams to a highly coincidental .205 batting average when he was on the mound.
A Minnesota native, from Spring Lake Park, Matthys broke the Kansas State record for appearances in a single season and tied for second in school history with his nine wins. Those nine wius in 2013 were also the most by a relief pitcher in the 17 seasons the Big 12 has been in existence. Matthys allowed only three of the 31 base runners he inherited in relief to score in his first season as a Wildcat.
Matthys was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in baseball and was also selected to the All-Big 12 First Team.
The talented right-handed reliever was a major contributor to Kansas State’s first conference championship in baseball in nearly 50 years. The Wildcats, who finished the season with a 45-19 record, fell just one win short of advancing to its first College World Series, losing the deciding third game in its Super Regional series with Oregon State.