June 15, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech freshman Phil Maton was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Maton, who was nominated by Bulldog head coach Wade Simoneaux for Freshman of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference, was one of 30 starting pitchers named to the publication's postseason squad as the righthander recorded an 8-5 record with a 2.93 earned run average during his rookie campaign.
The Chatham, Illinois native tossed a team-high 89.0 innings during the season allowing only 78 hits and 22 walks while striking out 79 batters. He led the Bulldogs in wins, ERA, innings pitched, opponent batting average (.237).
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. In that contest, Maton allowed only three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight in 7.0 innings of action.
Maton was one of only three WAC players to earn a spot on the prestigious postseason team, joining Sacramento State outfielder Rhys Hoskins and Nevada first baseman Kewby Meyer. He was also one of only four players from the state of Louisiana on the team, joining Southern outfielder Stephen Wallace, LSU pitcher Aaron Nola and Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Andro Cutura.