Kaiser grad Chris Mathewson earns national honor

Mathewson had a 1.94 ERA in his freshman season.

Starting pitcher Chris Mathewson of Long BeachState took home another accolade on Monday as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association selected him to it Freshmen All-America Second Team.

Mathewson, a graduate of Kaiser High School in Fontana, finished a fantastic freshman season with a 194 ERA in 13 starts. He pitched 93 innings in his first year with the Dirtbags, averaging over seven innings per start. He went 6-6 on the year with 80 strikeouts against just 24 walks.

Mathewson’s 1.94 ERA currently ranks 34th in the country but ranks fifth nationally among freshman pitchers. Opponents hit just .187 against Mathewson, which was the lowest mark in the Big West.

He wrote his name into Dirtbags history in just his second collegiate start with a seven inning start in Long Beach State’s first-ever no-hitter. Mathewson was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week three times this year and was honored as the conference’s Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

This is his second Freshman All-America honor after earning the same distinction on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team.


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