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.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department finished first in the SCIAC combined all-sports trophy for the 27th time in history and 26th time in the last 30 years.
The Athenas won the women’s All-Sports trophy with 75.3 points and the Stags won the men’s title with 95.5 points, 20 points higher than the next program.
In the 43 years of the men’s SCIAC All-Sports competition since 1972-73, CMS has won 38 times (including three years as Claremont-Mudd) and this marks the eighth consecutive year. The women’s competition began in the 1976-77 season and CMS has taken home the trophy 20 times with this season making five in a row.
During the 2014-15 season in the 21 sports, CMS had 11 SCIAC championships and two tournament championships. The Stags and Athenas totaled nine SCIAC Athletes of the Year and 129 all-conference selections.
The University of Redlands was second in the men and third in the women, making for a second overall.
Pomona-Pitzer was second in the women’s race.
Cal State Fullerton junior third baseman Missy Taukeiaho (Etiwanda HS) has earned third-team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
She is the school’s first two-time All-American since 2003, while being the 29th Titan to be named to an NFCA All-America Team and the 39th selection overall.
In all 55 players from 28 different institutions were selected to one of three 2015 NFCA Division I All-American teams. The Association is in its second year implementing a change in the NFCA’s Division I awards process as three all-region teams, instead of the traditional two, were selected in each of 10 different regions.
Taukeiaho hit .390 with 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. Although she missed 10 games, Taukeiaho still managed to lead the team in slugging percentage (.728) and on-base percentage (.488) while recording nearly three times the number of walks (27) to strikeouts (10).
The Rancho Cucamonga native helped guide Cal State Fullerton to a 34-22 overall record and combined with 33 wins in 2014, this marks the first back-to-back 30-win seasons for the Titans since 2006-07.