The Bulldogs improved their win total by 10 from 2014 to 2015
Maton was named Second Team All-Conference, while Diaz was selected to the All-Freshman Team
The series continues at 6 p.m. Friday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park
The series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park
The series resumes at 5 p.m. CT Saturday at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex in Norfolk
2014: As a junior on the Bulldogs' staff, he appeared in 19 games on the mound and received the start in 10 of those games ... Posted a 3-9 record with a 4.98 earned run average, while also pitching a complete game ... Pitched 85.0 innings on the mound, the second most on the LA Tech pitching staff ... Allowed 95 hits, 60 runs, 47 earned runs, 27 walks and 66 strikeouts ... His 66 strikeouts this season helped him crack the Top 10 in LA Tech history for career strikeouts, as he has now struck out 234 batters in his Bulldog career, which ranks ninth in school history ... He also cracked the Top 10 in innings pitched in a career for a Bulldog pitcher, as the junior has now totaled 270.2 innings on the mound, which currently ranks ninth all-time in LA Tech history ... This season, he held opponents to a .285 batting average with 10 doubles, a triple and nine home runs ... Pitched his first complete game of the season and the fourth of his career on March 15 as he allowed just one earned run and struck out seven to help lead LA Tech to a win over Florida Atlantic ... Struck out a season-high nine batters on April 11 versus FIU in 7.0 innings of relief work out of the bull pen ... Earned his first win of the season on March 12 against Grambling after coming on for one inning of relief work and striking out two of the three batters he faced ... Pitched at least six innings in eight of his 19 appearances on the mound, both as a starter and reliever ... His 66 strikeouts on the season ranked 14th among C-USA pitchers.
2013: In his sophomore campaign, Maton led the Bulldog pitching staff with a 2.70 ERA in 15 appearances and 14 starts on the mound ... Named 1st team all-Western Athletic Conference by the league's 10 coaches ... Named 1st team all-WAC by CollegeSportsMadness.com ... Posted a 6-6 record with three complete games over the course of the season ... Led all Bulldog pitchers in wins (6), ERA (2.70), innings pitched (96.2), strikeouts (89) and opponent batting average (.216) ... Led the WAC in strikeouts and ranked among the top 50 Division I pitchers in the country with 89 strikeouts ... Second among WAC pitchers in ERA ... Pitched a full nine-inning complete game twice this season; April 5 at San Jose State and May 11 at Dallas Baptist ... Totaled a career-high 11 strikeouts Feb. 22 vs. Oral Roberts in just 5.2 innings of work ... Went 29.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run from Feb. 15 to March 15 ... Did not allow an extra-base hit in his first five appearances of the season from Feb. 15 to March 15 ... Recorded eight or more strikeouts on six separate outings in his second season with the Bulldogs ... Posted career highs in innings pitched (9.0, 2 times), strikeouts (11) and batters faced (34).
2012: In his rookie season with the Bulldogs, Maton posted an 8-5 record and a 2.93 ERA, the lowest of any Tech pitcher, in 89.0 IP and 12 starts (18 appearances) ... Named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team ... Named 2nd team all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Led all Bulldog pitchers in wins (8), ERA (2.93), innings pitched (89.0) and opponent batting average (.237) ... Notched his first career win at Arkansas-Little Rock (2/22) with one hit allowed, four strikeouts and zero runs given up in 4.0 innings of work ... Recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings vs. Lamar (3/7) while giving up two hits and one run, leading Tech to an 8-1 victory over the Cardinals ... One of Maton's most impressive performances of the season came in one of the Bulldogs biggest wins as he pitched Tech to a 9-3 victory over 2011 College World Series participant Vanderbilt on February 29 in Nashville. Maton allowed only three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight in 7.0 innings of action ... Named WAC Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 20-26.
Glenwood HS: Lettered three years for the Titans... Compiled a 24-3 record with a 1.24 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 180.2 innings as a starter... Named central state-8 player of the year his senior season...Named to 3A all-Illinois and central state-8 all-conference teams in 2010 and 2011... Named 3A Championship player of the game when he led the Titans to state title... Also hit 19 HRs and drove in 83 runs while hitting .379 in three seasons...Also named to the academic all-conference teams in 2009-11.
Personal: Full name is Phillip Maton...Born Mar. 25, 1993... From Chatham IL, he played under coach Pat Moomey for three seasons... Son of Phil and Ellen Maton... Has three brothers, Marc, Nick and Jake...Dad ran track while attending Eastern Illinois while mom played on Eastern Illinois' volleyball team...Majoring in kinesiology