June 16, 2010
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Matison Smith, who recently completed his four-year Lamar University baseball career, has signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros.
Smith, who led the Cardinals' pitching staff as a senior with a 10-4 record and 4.68 earned run average, will report to the Astros' Gulf Coast Rookie League team based in Kissimmee, Fla. He hurled his first collegiate shutout early this season in a four-hit, 4-0 victory over Penn State.
Smith's 117.1 innings pitched this season ranks third on the Cardinals' one-season chart behind only the 123 pitched by David C. Smith in 1980 and the 119 hurled by Rick Nesloney in 1977. The Nederland High School product logged four complete games and was second on the team in strikeouts with 64.
Smith was Pitcher of the Week in the Southland Conference once this season, and was voted to the 2010 All-SLC Honorable Mention list. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder posted a career record of 17-12 for the Cardinals.