Mattes Named Big South Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Mattes
(photo by Will Bratton)
Ryan Mattes (photo by Will Bratton)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell senior Ryan Mattes has been tabbed The Crons Brand Big South Pitcher of the Week, announced by the league office today.

Mattes paced the Camels in a game one win over Eastern Michigan on Friday, tossing 8.0 innings with five hits, two runs, both earned, six strikeouts and a walk. Mattes, who allowed his first hit of the game in the fifth inning, surpassed career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts in the win.

His 8.0 innings pitched far beat his previous career-best of 6.0, set in a non-conference win over UNC Asheville in 2011, a relief appearance. His previous career-high for strikeouts (5), also came in relief, a home win over Northwestern in 2011.

The Virginia Beach, Va. native posted a school record 10 saves last season as the Camels' closer, and has made the move to the front of the CU rotation as a senior. Mattes is one of 75 named to the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award watch list, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

The honor marks the second time Mattes has collected Big South Pitcher of the Week honors after earning the title once as a junior, recording saves in all three games of Campbell's sweep over Radford (3 APP, 0.00 ERA, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 SO).

Mattes and the Camels will travel to in-state rival East Carolina on Tuesday, Feb. 19, taking on the Pirates at 6 p.m. The Camels are 1-1 on the season after splitting a season opening doubleheader with Eastern Michigan on Friday.