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Top 100 Countdown: Number 100 Matt Andriese (UC-Riverside)

DV IMAGEThe CBB kicks off our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.

We start off the countdown today at number 100 with UC-Riverside RHP Matt Andriese. He is a junior from Redlands California where he attended Redlands East Valley High School. His high school days saw him earned three letters under Steve Hernandez. He help lead the Wildcats to a back to back Citrus Belt Championships in 2007 and 2008. Matt was named all-league in each of his three seasons while being named All-CIF during his final two seasons. In his senior campaign, he went an outstanding 9-2 with a 0.82 ERA which led to him being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 37th round.

Andriese decided against signing with the Rangers instead joining the UC-Riverside baseball program. He made an immediate impact with the Highlanders making 14 appearances including eight starts. He finished the season with a 5-4 record and a respectable 3.93 ERA in 66.1 innings pitched. He only allowed two homers while holding opponents to a .257 average. After the collegiate season, he spent the summer in the West Coast League with the Corvallis Knights. He went a perfect 7-0 with an ERA of 1.38 in nine appearances (eight starts) while tossing a complete game. Matt pitched a total of 52.0 innings allowing only 39 hits while striking out 44 and holding opponents to a .210 batting average. Baseball America named him the second best prospect in the West Coast League.

He could not continue his success from the summer during the 2010 season as he went 5-5 in 15 appearances (14 starts). He didn’t miss many bats as he let up 130 hits in only 103.2 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .315 batting average. He played the 2010 summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Cotuit Kettleers. He made 11 appearances (6 starts) with a 1-2 record while having a 3.52 ERA. He struck out 25 batters in 38.1 innings while holding opponents to a .304 batting average. In the Cape League Championship series, he tossed a complete game three hitter striking out four while walking one and hitting a batter.

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