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Matt Margaritonda Earns C-USA Pitcher of the Week Honor

Matt Margaritonda recorded a career high 11 strikeouts in his first complete game

March 10, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall junior Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) has been named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for March 3-9, the league announced Monday.

In only his fourth career start, the right-hander threw a complete game with 104 pitches in Sunday’s 5-2 C-USA victory at East Carolina. Margaritonda recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and faced just two batters over the minimum. He scattered seven hits and two walks over the nine innings to pick up his first win of the year. 

"I am very humbled and proud," Margaritonda said. "It was one of my individual goals coming into this season, but I have to give credit to my teammates and coaches for pushing me through the process."

The award comes after the Herd gained its first conference series win since upsetting No. 19 Houston last season. Marshall had not won an opening C-USA series since 2009, when the Herd swept Memphis. 

Margaritonda (1-2, 3.38) had six shutout innings before a triple and two tough plays at third resulted in two runs (one earned) coming across from ECU.

Margaritonda's selection marks the fourth time in school history a Marshall hurler has earned C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors. The previous selections were Aaron Blair (twice in 2013) and Arik Sikula (in 2011).