There were conference championships, individual accomplishments, and academic successes in 2017.
Nashed and Brown become the first Spartans drafted since 2013.
Spartans move ahead of UNLV to sixth in the Mountain West conference standings.
Spartans have a chance to finish as high as fifth in the Mountain West conference.
Position players Jack Veasey and Michael Breen pitch in the loss.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: Completed his third season with the Spartans… Finished the 2017 season as the Friday starter... Awarded with the Top Pitcher award during 2016 fall ball by the coaching staff.
2017: Appeared in 16 games, including 15 starts and one pinch running appearance... Named Mountain West conference baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 3 - 9 for his April 7 performance against New Mexico (scattered just one hit, a single, and one run over career-high 7.0 innings against the Lobos that came into the game batting .312)... It was SJSU's first MW weekly honor in baseball since joining the league for the 2014 season... Opponents batted .227 against him for the best mark in the conference... Led the team in wins (4), innings pitched (72.2), stirkeouts (62) and games started (15)... Finished with a 4-6 record and 5.94 ERA... Picked up wins against Northern Colorado (2/25), Nevada (3/18), New Mexico (4/7) and Fresno State (4/28)... Threw career-high 7.0 innings vs New Mexico (4/7) and Fresno State (4/28)... Career-high nine strikeouts in back-to-back games against Air Force (4/21) and Fresno State (4/28)... Picked off three runners.
2016: Appeared in 19 games, including 11 starts… Pitched the second-most innings by a Spartan with 73.0… Led the team in strikeouts with 48… Finished with a 2-7 record and two saves to go with his 5.18 ERA… Picked up the win against UC Irvine (2/20) going 5.0 innings and allowing one run while striking out five… His other win came in relief against Pacific (4/26)… Threw season-high 6.0 innings in four games against UNLV (3/6), Fresno State (3/25), Cal Poly (4/2) and San Diego State (5/19)… Struck out season-high five batters on three occasions (vs UC Irvine 2/20, vs UNLV 3/6, vs Long Beach State 5/13).
2015: Appeared in 17 games for the Spartans, including seven starts…Accrued the third-most innings of any Spartan freshman with 48.2…Finished with a 2-6 record and 4.44 ERA…Struck out 36 hitters and saved two games…His .240 batting average against was the lowest of any pitcher on the team with more than 15 innings pitched…Went 5.0 innings and earned his first career win against Northern Colorado (2/21)… First career start was also his first career loss against Air Force (3/7)… Faced just one over the minimum in a 2.0-inning start at Oregon State (3/25)… Struck out a career-high six against UNLV (5/15)… Earned his first career save with a scoreless 3.2-inning outing at #24 Nevada (4/26)… Picked up the win against Fresno State in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief (5/2).
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Benicia (Calif.) High School…A two-time letterwinner for head coach Jim Bowles…Led the Panthers to back-to-back Solano County Athletic League crowns in 2013 and 2014, who went 14-1 both years…Compiled a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched as a junior…Enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, going 10-1 with a 0.60 ERA and 87 punchouts in 69.2 innings…Earned honorable mention All-SCAC recognition as a junior…Garnered first-team All-SCAC, Co-SCAC MVP and third-team all-state honors for his standout senior season.
MORE ON MATT: A communication studies major… Aspires to coach or get into public relations after graduation... Parents are Scott and Theresa Brown…Has an older sister, Rachel…Nickname is “Brownie”…Native of Atlanta…Now calls Benicia, Calif., his hometown.