Romanski and Matusz named All-Americans by Baseball America

Matusz was named first-team and Romanski took home third-team honors.

Brian Matusz was named first-team All-American by Baseball America.

Brian Matusz was named first-team All-American by Baseball America.

June 12, 2008

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Two University of San Diego baseball players took home All-American accolades from Baseball America. Brian Matusz was named first team All-American as a pitcher, while Josh Romanski was named a third-team All-American utility player.

Matusz is coming off a season in which he led the NCAA in strikeouts (141) and tied for fifth in the country in wins (12). He posted a 1.71 ERA, which is the fourth best all-time mark at USD in single-season ERA. The junior lefty was named the 2008 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, named a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American and finished the season as the all-time career leader at San Diego in strikeouts (396). The junior southpaw also tied the program single-game record for strikeouts with 17 in a win against Harvard on March 22, 2008.

Matusz became USD's highest draft pick of the current draft format as he was taken No. 4 overall by the Baltimore Orioles. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Angels in 2005, but he elected to attend school instead. He became the first San Diego player to be named as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award -- given to the best amateur baseball player -- and he helped the team achieve its highest ranking (No. 4) last season. Matusz was a member of the 2007 USA Baseball National Team and is also na finalist for the Roger Clemens award.

Romanski, who was also named a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American utility player, posted an overall record of 9-1 with a 4.00 ERA on the mound and hit .324 with 73 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 49 RBI at the plate. Romanski also took home first-team All-WCC honors and this past season he was a member of Team USA. Romanski tossed his first collegiate no-hitter back on March 24 against Harvard, in which he faced one batter above the minimum and recorded eight strikeouts in the game as the highlight of the season. Romanski was drafted in fifth round of this year S MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

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