College Baseball Daily continues 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 continue the countdown today at number 60 with LSU junior RHP Matty Ott. The Chamette, Louisiana native played his interscholastic days at Holy Cross High School where he has a great senior year which saw him go 9-2 with a 1.97 ERA, 16 walks and 87 strikeouts in 67.2 innings. He picked up several awards in 2008 including: LSWA All State First Team Class 4A, New Orleans Times Picayune All Metro Team, MVP of District 9-4A and was selected to play in 2008 LHSCA All-Star Game.
As a freshman for the LSU Tigers in 2009, he served as the team’s closer as he helped win the 2009 National Championship for the Tigers by closing out Game 1 of the Championship Series against Texas. He ended up appearing in 37 games as he went 4-2 including 16 saves and a 2.68 ERA. Batters struggled throughout the season with him as they hit .237 off of him and he struck out 69 batters while walking only six on the year. He picked up numerous awards including: NCBWA Second-Team All-American, Third-Team All-American (ABCA, Collegiate Baseball), First-Team Freshman All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com), 2009 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Finalist, SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team, ABCA All-South Region First Team, LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year, and First-Team All-Louisiana.
Ott struggled in his sophomore season in 2010 as he made 22 appearances (one starts) as he accumulated a 2-4 record including 11 saves with a 6.38 ERA. The biggest difference between the two years is the strikeout to walk ratio as his 2010 ratio was 2.1 to 1 while in 2009 it was 7.6 to 1.
He regained his form this summer with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He had a 2-0 record with seven saves and an ERA of 0.44 in 15 appearances while being named to the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. He pitched a scoreless fourth inning giving up a hit. (Live Blog|Recap)
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