General: Ranked as the No. 32 senior on Baseball America's 2006 list of Top College Prospects in the nation prior to the season Moved to a starting role for most of his senior season in 2006 to give the Cardinal more experienced pitching in the rotation before recently moving back to the bullpen Has pitched well primarily out of the bullpen throughout his Cardinal career Has developed a nice curve ball and changeup to go along with a fastball in the upper 80's that moves well A veteran pitcher who is not awestruck by the tough competition on the team's schedule Has a unique motion that can make it hard for hitters to pick up the ball with a big and imposing body frame.
Cardinal Career:Updated Career Stats Stanford's active career leader with 17 saves, ranking tied for second on the school's all-time list and nine behind school record holder Steve Chitren's total of 26 Also the team's active career leader in appearances (86), innings pitched (197.1) and combined shutouts (6), as well as second in career strikeouts (153) Has an all-time collegiate record of 6-10 with a 4.10 ERA Opponents are hitting .265 against him Has started 15 games Earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger) as a rookie in 2003, as well as honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition when he picked up nine of his career saves A two-time Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic choice as a sophomore and junior.
Career-Highs: IP - 7.1, at USC (5/4/03, Gm. 2) SO - 7, vs. PAC (4/10/06)
As A Senior In 2006: Has earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic honors Has a 2-6 record and a 5.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 67.0 innings Did not allow a run in his most recent outing at Oregon State (6/10 - 1.0, 0-0-0-2-1) Gave up three hits and a pair of runs, while also allowing both inherited runners to score without getting an out in an NCAA Regional winners' bracket game at Texas (6/3) Took the loss in a key rubber game at UCLA (5/21 - 3.2, 3-2-2-0-2) when he allowed a pair of solo homers, including a walkoff long ball by Tim Stewart with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Has made 12 of his 18 appearances as a starter but has come out of the pen in his last five outings and six of his past seven Earned the win versus Arizona State (4/30 - 5.0, 7-1-1-0-4) in his first outing out of the bullpen this season Had 17 saves working primarily out of the bullpen in his first three seasons to rank second all-time at Stanford Picked up his first win of the campaign versus Washington State (3/27) Recorded a career-high seven strikeouts against Pacific (4/10).
2006 Individual Game Notes Game-By-Game Stats Season-Highs: IP - 6.1, vs. WSU (3/27) SO - 7, vs. PAC (4/10)
As A Junior In 2005: Posted a 2-0 record and five saves (#6T Pac-10) with a team-low 0.80 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 33.2 innings over 22 relief outings Did not record the minimum number of innings pitched (1.0 per team game played) to make Stanford's all-time ERA list but did record the lowest mark for a pitcher with at least 10.0 innings since Josh Koons posted an 0.69 ERA in 1996 Did not give up a run in 20 of his 22 outings, including his first 11 and his final five Allowed an opponents' batting average of just .197 that led Stanford's pitching staff Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic Allowed just one earned run in 11.1 Pac-10 innings over nine outings for an 0.79 ERA Did not record a decision but led the club with three conference saves Earned a spot on the NCAA All-Regional team in Waco by picking up a pair of saves and not allowing an earned run or a hit in back-to-back elimination game victories over Texas-San Antonio and TCU.
2005 Individual Game Notes Game-By-Game Stats 6/5 vs. TCU (Regional) - SV, 3.0 IP, 3 SO ... second save of the day ... retired all nine batters he faced 6/5 vs. Texas-San Antonio(Regional)- SV, 2.2 IP, 4 SO ... retired all eight batters he faced 5/29 at USC - ND, 0.2 IP, 1 H ... was in the game when USC squeezed home the eventual game-winning run in a 4-2 defeat 5/21 vs. Arizona - ND, 0.0 IP, 2 BB 5/17 vs. Saint Mary's - ND, 1.0 IP, 3 SO ... struck out all three batters he faced in top of ninth 5/10 at Santa Clara - ND, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO ... season-high walks ... allowed two runs in the 10th inning with Stanford up 5-3 in eventual 6-5 loss 5/7 at California - ND, 0.1 IP, 3 H 5/6 at California - SV, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO 5/3 at Nevada - ND, 1.1 IP, 2 SO ... combined on a shutout 4/26 vs. Santa Clara - ND, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO 4/23 vs. Washington - SV, 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO ... charged with his first run of the season 4/17 at Arizona State - ND, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 SO 4/12 vs. San Francisco - ND, 1.0 IP, 2 SO 4/10 vs. Oregon State - SV, 1.1 IP, 2 SO 4/9 vs. Oregon State (Game 1) - ND, 0.1 IP, 2 BB 4/5 vs. Santa Clara - W, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO 4/2 at Washington State - ND, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB 3/29 vs. Pacific - ND, 1.0 IP, 1 H 3/24 vs. Pacific - ND, 1.0 IP, 1 H 3/6 vs. California (Game 2) - ND, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO 2/27 vs. USC - ND, 1.0 IP, 1 SO 2/13 vs. Kansas - W, 0.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO
As A Sophomore In 2004: Ranked second on the club with three saves but did not record a decision while posting a 4.19 ERA in 21 appearances (one behind team co-leaders Blake Holler and David O'Hagan) All of his appearances came in relief except for his first outing of the season versus Cal State Fullerton (January 31) when he opened the campaign in the starting rotation Struck out 23 batters in 34.1 innings of work, allowing 31 hits for an opponents batting average of .250 that ranked as the fourth-lowest on the Cardinal staff Had a streak of 10.1 innings pitched without allowing a run over a six-game stretch from March 6 - April 20 Also pitched well towards the end of the season, giving up just one run and picking up a save over his final four appearances and 9.0 innings of work from May 18 - June 6 Had the team's lowest ERA in Pac-10 action, recording a 4.50 mark, one save and 10 strikeouts in 12.0 innings over seven appearances, all in relief A Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
2004 Individual Game Notes Game-By-Game Stats 6/6 vs. Long Beach State (Regional) - ND, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO 5/30 vs. Arizona State - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO 5/23 vs. USC - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO 5/18 vs. San Francisco - SV, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO 5/4 vs. San Jose State - ND, 1.0 IP 5/1 vs. Washington State - SV, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO 4/20 vs. Saint Mary's - ND, 2.0 IP, 3 SO 4/9 at Oregon State - ND, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO ... season-high for strikeouts and innings pitched 3/30 at San Jose State - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H ... one of five Stanford pitchers to combine on a shutout 3/24 at Santa Clara - ND, 1.0 IP 3/6 at USC - SV, 1.0 IP ... first save of season 2/8 at Fresno State - ND, 1.0 IP, 1 SO *1/31 vs. Cal State Fullerton - ND, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO ... only start of season (*starts)
As A Freshman In 2003: Earned Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger), as well an as honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection after solidifying the team's bullpen as its closer Finished the season with a team-high nine saves to rank tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for fourth on Stanford's all-time single-season list Added a 2-4 record and a 3.98 ERA while striking out 50 batters in 63.1 innings Made 25 appearances with two starts Pitched in a team-best three of Stanford's five shutouts, including two with fellow freshman Mark Romanczuk and one with Tim Cunningham Opponents had just 53 hits off of him for a .226 opponents batting average, the lowest among any Stanford pitcher with 10 or more appearances Was 2-3 with a 3.69 ERA and three saves in 31.2 innings and 10 league appearances, striking out 23 batters Had saves in back-to-back outings on three occasions (at Sacramento State and vs. Arizona, April 22 and 26; at Texas and vs. USC, Feb. 22, Game 2 and March 2; at California, May 9 and 10) with the saves versus California coming in back-to-back games.
2003 Individual Game Notes Game-By-Game Stats 6/23 vs. Rice (CWS Championship Series Game 3) - ND, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO ... pitched 4.0 innings of scoreless relief before being charged for three runs in a seven-run sixth frame *6/19 vs. Cal State Fullerton (CWS Bracket Final) - ND, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 SO ... started game the Cardinal eventually won 7-5 in 10 innings 6/15 vs. Cal State Fullerton (CWS) - ND, 1.2 IP, 1 SO ... CWS debut 6/7 vs. Long Beach State (Super Regional Game 2) - SV, 0.2 IP, 1 BB ... first postseason save ... stranded winning run at plate 6/1 vs. Richmond (Regional Championship Game) - ND, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO ... postseason debut 5/24 vs. Cal Poly - SV, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO 5/17 vs. UCLA - L, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO 5/13 vs. Saint Mary's - ND, 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO 5/10 vs. California - ND, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO 5/9 vs. California - SV, 0.1 IP *5/4 vs. USC (Game 2) - W, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 SO ... earned victory in first collegiate start ... career-high innings and walks 4/27 vs. Arizona - L, 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 SO 4/26 vs. Arizona - SV, 1.0 IP 4/22 at Sacramento State - SV, 1.1 IP, 2 SO ... retired all four batters he faced 4/19 vs. Oregon State - ND, 1.1 IP, 1 SO ... retired all four batters he faced 4/5 at Washington State - W, 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO ... earned first career victory 3/22 at Arizona State - L, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO ... first collegiate loss despite career-high strikeouts 3/9 vs. California - ND, 0.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO 3/2 vs. USC - SV, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO 2/22 at Texas (Game 2) - SV, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO 2/17 vs. Nevada - ND, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 SO 1/26 vs. Santa Clara - SV, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO ... combined with Tim Cunningham for one-hit shutout in collegiate debut (*starts)
High School: A 2002 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School Named a 2002 First Team All-American by Student Sports Ranked No. 86 among Baseball America's Top 100 High School Prospects in 2002 Selected the 2002 Player of the Year by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Earned MVP honors at the 2002 Texas High School All-Star Game Twice selected First Team All-State, Academic All-State, All-City, All-District and Academic All-District (2001, '02) Posted an 18-3 career record and a 1.75 ERA Led his high school team to a 30-5 record en route to the 2002 District and North Independent School District championships Graduated with a 4.0 GPA Coached by Ricky Jordan.
Other Amateur Baseball: Spent the summer of 2005 playing for the second-place Kamuela Paniolos of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League in the conference's inaugural season Helped the Mat-Su Miners to the 2004 Alaska Baseball League title and a runner-up finish at the National Baseball Congress World Series, finishing the regular season with a 2-2 record and a save to go with a 2.10 ERA while striking out 33 in 34.1 innings Did suffer the loss in the 2004 NBC World Series championship game but also picked up a win at the event, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and striking out a whopping 17 batters in 9.1 frames Played in the summer of 2003 with the Middletown Giants of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, compiling a 1-2 record and a 1.50 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched and five appearances (four starts) as opponents hit just .209 against him A member of the Ohio Thunder (2001, '02), winners of the 2002 AAABA Regional championship Posted a 1.48 ERA with the Thunder in 2002 Played with the Hack Shack Hackers in 1999 and 2000, winning a CABA state title in 2000.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Has never been drafted.
Getting To Know Matt Manship
John and Sue Manship
Campus Activities Outside Of Baseball:
I would describe myself as a person as:
Laid back, outgoing and optimistic
People Don't Know:
Traveling is my passion
I pattern my game after:
For me to improve as a person, I need to:
Be more organized
Favorite Pre-Game Ritual:
It Runs In The Family:
Matt is just one of several Manships to have played baseball collegiately and/or professionally ... His brother, Jeff, is currently a junior pitcher at Notre Dame ... His father pitched collegiate ball at Arizona ... His uncle, Jim, won a national junior college title while pitching at Central Arizona College, then later pitched at Arizona and with the Milwaukee Brewers organization ... His cousin, Jeff, played outfield at Cal State Fullerton and Nevada before moving on to the Cincinnati Reds organization
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned:
Hard work actually does pay off
The reason I chose Stanford is:
The unique combination of world class academics and athletics
The best thing about Stanford is:
The beauty of the campus
Greatest Athletic Moment:
Pitching in the CWS as a freshman
Favorite Pro Sports Team:
Boston Red Sox
Favorite Pro Sports Athlete:
When I played sports as a kid, I pretended to be:
One wish I would make for the 21st century would be:
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
Hitting a home run as a pitcher
Best Advice Received:
Always make sure you leave every endeavor knowing that you left your heart out there no matter what the outcome