Game Two of Weekend Series Set for Saturday at 4 pm
Wayne Graham said --"Matt was sidelined for most of the fall, but we have high hopes for him because he has great stuff - a hard, moving fastball and a good curveball. He could be huge in middle relief or even late relief."
At Rice - 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Successfully made the move from serving as a bullpen catcher during a redshirt season to a contributing Division I pitcher... Tied for seventh on the staff in appearances (16) and finished eighth in innings (18.0)... Strikeouts-to-walks ratio for the season was 5.7-to-1... All but one appearance was out of the bullpen - his collegiate debut as the Owl starter in the team's fourth game of the season vs. Dallas Baptist (Feb. 19)... Was the pitcher of record against DBU after surrendering four runs in a career-long 2.2 innings with a career-high four strikeouts... Settled-in to a reliever's role after that DBU start where he proceeded to maintain a 2.63 ERA in his next 13.2 innings over a span of 14 appearances... Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in the Conference USA Tournament victory over UCF... Maintained a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 frames against C-USA foes... Finished the year with 17 strikeouts, an average of 8.5 Ks per 9.0 innings... Fanned three batters in a game twice, a pair of 2.0 inning outings at home against Harvard and on the road at La Tech... Held all opposing hitters to a composite .278 batting average... 2012: Did not see game action in first season with the program... Served as a reserve catcher with the task of helping prepare the Rice pitchers in the bullpen... Had the full-confidence of the Owl coaches to work with one of the top collegiate pitching staffs in the nation... Played locally in the Carl Young League over the summer.
High School - A 2011 graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Tex.... Third-team 4A all-state catcher by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2011... Second-team 4A All-Greater Houston by Houston5ABaseball.com... Selected to play in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches North-South All-Star game... Three-time all-District 23-4A honoree, including first team catcher as a senior... Helped lead the Mustangs to a 23-7 record, the quarterfinals of the 4A Region III playoffs, and No. 6 ranking in the state... Program won in three district titles in four years as a starter for head coach Phil Schwarz, the 23-4A co-coach of the year in 2011... Batted .350 with five home runs and 20 RBI as a senior... Maintained a .310 average with 60 RBI during prep career... AP Scholar with Honor... National Honor Society... Member of Speech & Debate.
Personal - Full Name: Matthew David Ditman... Born: August 13, 1992, in San Diego, Calif.... Parents: Mark and Diane Ditman of Richmond, Texas (one sister)... Father is an Associate Vice President at Rice... Chose to attend Rice over Baylor, Penn and Columbia... College: Baker