Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Breaking news: Matt Benedict drafted by Pittsburgh

Matt was drafted today in the MLB draft, by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 30th round.

WCU Career Notes: Closed his four-year WCU career with an 11-8 overall record including a career-best nine wins as a junior ... Of his 58 career starts, 31 came as a starter ... His 174 career strikeouts rank him 18th in school history at the time of his graduation.

2011 (Senior): Made 14 appearances on the season with 13 coming in the starting role ... Led the team in both innings pitched (85.1) and strikeouts (70) on the season, posting a 4.01 ERA ... His 70 K's ranked him tied for 10th in the SoCon while his 26 strikeouts looking ranked him sixth in the league ... Opponents hit just .290 against him on the year ... Induced a team-high nine double plays on the season ... WCU won seven of the 14 games in which he pitched on the season ... Pitched at least 4.2 innings in all 13 starts, matching his career-long of eight innings three times during the season ... Missed his first scheduled start of the season on opening day against Morehead State (2/18), but earned the starting nod against Wake Forest (2/22) nearly picking up a 1-0 shutout victory before the squad fell, 2-1, in extra innings ... Made one relief appearance on the season coming against Manhattan (2/27) ... Struck out four-or-more batters nine times including fanning a career-high 13 in a road win over Davidson (3/25) ... Was a preseason first team All-Southern Conference selection as a starting pitcher.

Courtesy WCU Sports Information