College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 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 32 with Oregon State junior LHP Matt Boyd. The Mercer Island, Washington native attended Eastside Catholic High School for his final three years. During his three seasons, he helped lead the team to a 46-14 record. As a senior, he batted .464 with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and 27 RBI. He was also accomplished on the bump with a record of 7-2 with a 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances striking out 91 in 58 innings. He picked up several awards including an ABCA All-Region 7 Selection as a pitcher, Washington State Co-MVP/Player of the Year, 3A All-State selection, 2009 First-Team All-Metro 3A selection, and an Under Armour Preseason All-American selection.
As a freshman, he stepped right into the pitching staff with a solid season going 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 42 2/3 innings while making 20 appearances (two starts). He also saw time at the plate hitting .264 with six doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI in 29 games (16 starts). He also tallied four multiple-hit games and six multi-RBI efforts. He was named an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention Team member, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, and NCBWA Freshman All-American First Team.
He played the summer of 2010 in the West Coast League playing for the Corvallis Knights. He made 23 appearances in the field and tallied a double, home run and seven RBI. He also pitched in 14 games, making one start accumulating a record of 0-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings.
During the 2011 collegiate season, Boyd started focusing on his pitching making 30 appearances picking up four saves without recording as decision and having an ERA of 1.57 in 46 innings. He struck out 35 batters while walking only 11 on the year.
He spent the 2011 summer with the USA Collegiate National Team where he made appearances in five games going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings, tallying eight strikeouts. Later on the summer, he spent time with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League making eight appearances with two starts. He didn’t record a decision with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings, striking out 15.
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