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The Oklahoman's All-Big 12 Team: Kansas State's Jake Matthys an unsung hero

The Wildcats had plenty of offense, but they also had Freshman of the Year Jake Matthys on the mound.
by John Helsley Published: May 20, 2013

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.