May 02, 2012

Former Bison Closer Drafted by Frontier League Team

The Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums selected former North Dakota State closer Jason Mattila in the first round of the Frontier League baseball draft Tuesday, May 1.
Mattila, a right-hander from Butte, Mont., was the ninth overall pick in the draft.  He was 6-4 with eight saves and a 4.88 ERA in 34 appearances over two seasons for North Dakota State.

He transferred to NDSU in 2010 after two seasons at Miles (Mont.) Community College.  He was 3-3 with seven saves, a 3.30 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 30 innings as a senior in 2011.

Mattila struck out a career-high six batters in his May 8 win last year at South Dakota State, where he pitched seven innings for an 8-7 victory in 15 innings.

He graduated from NDSU in August 2011 with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation leadership.

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