General: Has been one of the team's most consistent pitchers in his first two seasons on the staff and should be a key to the team's 2006 pitching fortunes Has proven he can win at the collegiate level Looking for his best season yet and is hoping to establish himself in the team's starting rotation that he has been in and out of during his first two campaigns One of the squad's most experienced pitchers Changes speeds well Can throw four pitches over the plate for a strike, including his great changeup Also has a sneaky fastball that gets into the upper 80's and can look even faster to hitters who have to deal with the outstanding changeup.
Cardinal Career:Updated Career Stats Stanford's active career win leader with an all-time record of 13-4 to go with a 4.26 ERA and one save in 42 appearances and 27 starts Has struck out 92 batters in 135.1 innings Has combined on two shutouts and tossed one complete game, which came in his first postseason action in a 2004 NCAA Regional contest to defeat St. John's Has been terrific in the postseason with a 2-0 record and a 1.29 ERA in 14.0 innings over two Regional starts.
As A Junior In 2006: Had been in the team's starting rotation for three consecutive series but suffered a loss versus California (5/6 - 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) and two no-decisions at Washington (5/13 - 1.0, 3-4-4-2-1) in his most recent outing and against Arizona State (4/30 - 4.0, 5-3-2-2-3) Had not given up an earned run in his 11.0 previous innings over two mid-week starts to be considered for the rotation, tossing 6.0 scoreless one-hit innings in a no decision versus Santa Clara (4/25) after picking up the win by pitching 5.0 innings without allowing an earned run against Sacramento State (4/18) Had previously pitched only twice out of the bullpen since being moved out of the starting rotation after his fourth straight week in the starting rotation to begin the season at Fresno State (2/26) Tied for Stanford's active career lead with 13 wins.
As A Sophomore In 2005: Posted a 5-2 record and a 4.12 ERA, splitting his action between a part-time starter and a primary contributor out of the bullpen with 17 appearances and 11 starts Stanford's third starter for the first seven weeks of Pac-10 action Struck out 45 batters in 59.0 innings (the most innings pitched by any Stanford pitcher returning in 2006) Combined on one of the team's five shutouts Did not allow a run in his first 8.1 innings of the campaign Had a 2-1 record and a 5.97 ERA in his seven Pac-10 starts, striking out 23 batters in 28.2 frames Put together a fantastic postseason start for the second straight year with his 5.0 scoreless innings in a Regional victory over Texas-San Antonio.
2005 Individual Game Notes Game-By-Game Stats *6/5 vs. Texas-San Antonio (Regional) - W, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 SO ... victory kept Stanford alive in postseason ... second postseason win in as many years and starts *5/22 vs. Arizona - ND, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 SO *5/15 vs. UCLA - W, 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO ... season-high-tying IP *5/9 at California - L, 1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 SO *5/3 at Nevada - W, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO ... combined on a shutout *4/24 vs. Washington - W, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO *4/17 at Arizona State - ND, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO ... career-high-tying SO *4/10 vs. Oregon State - ND, 4.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO ... career-high hits allowed *4/3 at Washington State - ND, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO ... first start of season in regular rotation *3/29 vs. Pacific - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 SO *3/24 vs. Pacific - W, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO ... career-high-tying SO ... season-high-tying IP ... first start of season 3/6 vs. California (Game 2) - ND, 0.1 IP, 3 R, 2 BB 2/27 vs. USC - ND, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO 2/20 at Texas - L, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO 2/12 vs. Kansas (Game 2) - ND, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 SO 2/4 at Cal State Fullerton - ND, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 SO ... allowed three inherited runners to score after entering the game with the bases loaded and a 3-2 lead 1/29 vs. Fresno State - SV, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 SO ... career-high-tying SO (*starts)
As A Freshman In 2004: Finished the season with a 6-2 record and a 4.29 ERA, recording the most wins and the lowest ERA by a Stanford freshman Made 14 appearances with seven starts and one complete game over 35.2 innings, striking out 19 Moved into the team's starting rotation over the last three weeks of the regular season and had a complete game victory over St. John's in a NCAA Regional contest Was 1-2 with a 7.24 ERA in 13.2 Pac-10 innings over six appearances and three starts, striking out seven.
2004 Individual Game Notes Game-By-Game Stats *6/5 vs. St. John's (Regional) - W, CG, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO ... first career complete game in Regional elimination game ... longest outing of career ... season-high strikeouts *5/30 vs. Arizona State - L, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB ... shortest start of season *5/23 vs. USC - W, 4.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO ... taken out of the game after 4.0 innings despite not allowing a hit and retiring 12 of the 13 batters he faced, but still credited with the win as the pitcher of record in a predetermined pitching rotation *5/17 at Arizona - L, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO ... suffered first loss of career in his first Pac-10 start 5/9 at Washington - ND, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 SO *5/4 vs. San Jose State - W, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO ... winning pitcher as starter in predetermined rotation 4/10 at Oregon State - ND, 1.0 IP, 1 H *3/30 at San Jose State - W, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 SO ... picked up a victory in predetermined rotation in his first career start as five Stanford pitchers combined on shutout 3/24 at Santa Clara - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO ... pitched for the first time in over a month 2/21 vs. Texas - ND, 2.0 IP, 2 BB 1/31 vs. Cal State Fullerton - W, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB ... credited with win in collegiate debut (*starts)
High School: A 2003 graduate of Ball High School A two-time All-State and All-District selection (2001, '03) Named the 2001 Galveston County Athlete of the Year Listed by the Houston Sports Writers Association among the Top 10 Houston Area players in 2001 and the Top 20 players in 2003 Selected to the 2003 State, Houston Area and Sunbelt Texas All-Star teams Named to the All-Tournament squad at the Sunbelt Classic All-Star Tournament, where he was also chosen Most Valuable Pitcher Selected in 2002 as one of the Preseason Top 10 pitchers by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and was the top-ranked Houston Area pitcher as a junior, but was injured most of the season Posted an impressive 0.84 career ERA and a 24-6 record with 271 strikeouts in 194.2 innings Set numerous school records, including best career win-loss mark, most career no-hitters (5), best career strikeout/inning ratio (1.4), best career strikeout/walk ratio (6.95-1), most single-season strikeouts (120) and most single-season shutouts (3) Chosen the Most Valuable Player (2003) and Best Pitcher (2001, '03) of his high school team Led his squad to the 2001 District title, two Bi-District championships (2001, '03) and two Area crowns (2001, '03) Team broke school record with 30 wins in 2001 Graduated with a 4.37 GPA and was ranked seventh in his class Coached by Gary Key, David Drake and Jason Thompson.
Other Amateur Baseball: Did not play summer baseball in 2005 Spent the summer of 2004 with the Kenai Peninsula Oilers, contributing a 3-1 record and 4.60 ERA, while striking out 20 in 31.1 innings pitched as the Oilers posted a 27-18 overall record and a 21-14 mark in the Alaska Baseball League Played two years with the Houston Heat in the Connie Mack League Tossed a no-hitter in the 2002 Perfect Game Wooden Bat World Series in Jupiter, Florida.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Has never been drafted.
Getting To Know Matt Leva
Donn, Jr. and Patricia Leva
Great grandfather, Tom Pettigrew, was a shortstop for the 1925 and 1926 Reidsville Lucky's team, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies ... Great uncle, Tom Pettigrew, Jr., was signed by the New York Yankees in 1961 but decided to play collegiately at Wake Forest, where he was the starting catcher for four years, leading his team to the 1963 ACC title and a spot in the College World Series
Favorite Pro Sports Athlete:
Advice To Youngsters:
Be relaxed and play loose
Matt worked in the summer of 2003 as a middle school mentor for underprivileged children
Earliest Baseball Memory:
Hitting three home runs in one playoff game during Little League All-Stars