With a name like Mateychick, you might be thinking of a swashbuckling pirate wench. However, this young college hurler is far from it. On Wednesday afternoon, Wichita State freshman hurler Tobin Mateychick took the mound for the first time. This was the final game of WSU’s mid-week series with North Dakota State.
Tobin is a 6’5 lanky right hander from Enid, Oklahoma. While in high school, he was all-state in both basketball and baseball. Not only pitching, he hit .417 with 9 home runs, 48 RBI’s, and 15 stolen base’s his senior year. All of this led to him being a highly touted prospect for this area. Not only was he recruited by WSU, but also by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Arizona State, Texas, and Kansas.
With all these tools, he took to the mound a little nervous admittedly before his first start. “I watched Smitty (Josh Smith) throw yesterday and charted his pitches and saw that he got ahead of everybody and controlled the game because of it,” Mateychick said. ” I felt like if I did the same then everybody else would follow.” And they did just that. Mateychick went out there and threw five innings of no hit baseball. He also walked four and struck out six during his time out there.
With a low 90’s fastball and a sharp slider, the NDSU batters had trouble all day. They were really behind the few times they were able to make contact. Only three balls even made it out of the infield, and NDSU went down in order three of Mateychick’s five innings. He even added a little defense to his stellar pitching performance. NDSU batter, Josh Lagein hit a pop fly to center with a man on first. Center fielder Kevin hall was able to make the catch on the run. Mateychick quickly ran to cover first as he noticed the runner half way to second to get the double play.
“We were concerned being that it was his first time out, but i thought he pitched great,” Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson said. “We dont like to use the word potential, but he has a lot of it. I hope he grew up a lot today, because he was outstanding.” The Shockers have averaged 15 runs over there first four games, but cooled down against NDSU on Wednesday. The final scored was WSU 5 and NDSU 2 with both NDSU runs coming on errors in the 9th. With the score so low, Tobin Mateychicks performance meant that much more. Wichita State continues their home stand this weekend against Florida Gulf Coast. This should be a great match up as the Shockers will face one of the top pitching prospects in the nation Chris Sale.