Kansas State is known for its hitting.
The Wildcats' .324 batting average ranks second nationally and their 6.3 runs per game easily leads the Big 12.
Still, one of K-State's unsung heroes is a pitcher, reliever Jake Matthys, The Oklahoma's Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
“Jake was phenomenal for a freshman,” said Wildcats coach Brad Hill. “He was a guy we went to from the seventh inning on. He was the guy we looked to. If we got to the seventh inning with a lead, we usually felt pretty good.”
Hill said as badly as they wanted to get the ball to Matthys, the young pitcher wanted it delivered just as badly.
“He's a fierce competitor,” Hill said. “He had no fear.”
Matthys leads K-State with 28 appearances and in wins at 8-0. He's also saved six games, carrying a 2.01 earned run average. Matthys made 16 of his appearances in conference play, where he claimed five wins and five saves.