2014 (Junior): 2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll … One of MT’s go-to relievers with a 4.83 ERA and 1-2 record … Did not allow a hit or run in the final 6.2 innings of relief pitched, striking out nine batters … Led all Blue Raider relievers with 49 K’s … Held opponents to a .239 batting average … Fanned eight in a season-long 4.1 innings pitched at Southern Miss on April 5 … Picked up his first win against UTSA on May 4 … Notched his first career save in the Conference USA Championship in a bases-loaded situation against Old Dominion (May 21).
Summer: Spending the 2014 summer with the Texas Collegiate League’s Brazos Valley Bombers.
Johnson County CC: Went 4-4 with 55 strikeouts in 52 innings of work during his freshman campaign ... During his sophomore year, he recorded 85 strikeouts in 52 innings ... Earned second team All-Jawhawk League honors for Johnson County.
Olathe Northwest HS:Lettered one year at Olathe Northwest HS ... Earned 6-A first team honors by the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association ... Was named the 2011 Olathe Pitcher of the Year ... Earned All-Sunflower and All-Kansas City Metro league honors during his senior season ... Boasted a 7-2 record with a 2.23 ERA with 72 strikeouts, while recording a .353 batting average for the Ravens.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Izol Blackham ... Born Jan. 7, 1993 in Gunnison, Utah ... Son of Jeff Weatherton and Becky Blackham ... One of five siblings ... His brother Adam played baseball at Utah State.