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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Go Back To The Past, Sign Former St. Thomas Standout, And 2012 Saint, Pitcher Matt Schuld

ST. PAUL, MN July 16, 2017

After a nearly five hour, 11 inning game on Saturday night and short on arms, the St. Paul Saints needed a pitcher.  They found one who used to pitch for them in 2012 and is a St. Thomas graduate, Matt Schuld.

 

          The 29-year-old right-haned Schuld last pitched in 2014 for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and was 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA in two starts.  In 12.2 innings pitched he walked five and struck out nine while opponents hit .265 against him.

 

          Prior to that season the last team he pitched for was the Saints in 2012.  He was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts.  In 14.2 innings pitched he walked eight and struck out nine and opponents hit .290 against him.  The Saints brought Schuld into camp that year, but he was nursing an injury and eventually signed him on June 24.

 

          Schuld signed as a free agent with the Twins organization in 2010 after completing an incredible career with the Tommies. 

 

          With the Twins organization, Schuld pitched two seasons.  In 2010 he split time between High-A Fort Myers and the GCL Twins.  Between the two stops he went 2-1 with a 3.11 ERA in 17 relief appearances.  In 37.2 innings pitched he walked seven and struck out 28 while opponents hit .268 against him.

 

          Schuld split time between Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in 2011.  Overall he was 6-3 with a 5.51 ERA in 32 games (16 starts).  In 111.0 innings pitched he walked 40 and struck out 73.  In his stint with Fort Myers Schuld was solid going 4-1 with a 3.99 ERA in 15 games (one start).  In 70.0 innings he walked 19 and struck out 36.

 

          Schuld, who led the 2009 Tommies to the NCAA Division III championship, finished his college career with a 30-5 record to become the conference career wins leader. He closed with 239 strikeouts in 264 innings to finish third in UST history behind Dick Washburn (263 from 1963-66) and current Tommies head coach Chris Olean (246 from 1996-99). He finished his career with a 2.93 ERA in 44 career appearances, with seven shutouts.

 

          Schuld was a two-time All-American and in 2010 was named D3Baseball.com’s National Pitcher of the Year. He was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2010.

          Schuld was especially effective in the clutch. He went 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 10 career postseason games, including a 3-0 record in elimination games. In the lone loss, he pitched into the 10th inning in the 2008 NCAA playoffs in a game that was tied 1-1 through nine innings. He also started and pitched 12 innings in a no-decision against UW-Stevens Point in the 2009 NCAA playoffs.

Schuld guided St. Thomas to the 2009 NCAA championship with a 12-1 record, which included four postseason victories. He contributed to UST’s four regular-season and three MIAC playoff championship teams in his era.

          The Saints released pitchers Jason Creasy and Connor Little.  Creasy was 4-5 with a 5.68 ERA as a starter and the reliever Little was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA.

 

          The Saints roster stands at 21, two shy of the league maximum of 23, with 10 pitchers and 11 position players.  They also have two players on the disabled list and one on the inactive list.