Ruchim collects three hits at plate and earns save in victory
2014: Ranks eighth in B1G in opposing batting average (.205) ... Tied for 10th in conference with 2.45 ERA ... Notched win against Nebraska-Omaha (2/22) ... Allowed two earned runs over 6.0 IP and struck out three ... Started first game of 2014 at USC (2/15) ... Allowed just one run over 5.0 innings pitched and struck out four trojans ... 2014 B1G Player to Watch ... Cousin, Phil Hughes, pitches for the Minnesota Twins.
2013: Struck out career-high eight in seven-shutout innings vs. Wheaton (4/16) ... Retired 15 in a row in game ... Picked up first career win against Chicago State (3/27) ... Struck career-best five in that game ... Made first collegiate start against Saint Louis (2/23) ... Struck out three Billikens in 2.2 IP.
High School: Posted a perfect career record of 25-0 as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Earned first-team all-state honors each of last two prep seasons ... Two-time All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year and Daily Messenger Player of the Year ... Three-year letterwinner ... Went 10-0 with a 0.80 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched senior year ... Threw a no-hitter, striking out 15 against Penfield ... Struck out 10 in a state quarterfinal win and 13 in a state semifinal victory ... Named Victor High Male Athlete of the Year ... As a junior, posting a 10-0 record with a 1.24 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched ... Helped the Blue Devils to a Class AA state championship junior year--earning championship MVP honors--and a state runner-up finish senior year as well as three league titles ... Team captain ... Also competed in hockey, earning all-state recognition ... Played summer ball for Syracuse SportsZone Chiefs ... High school coach was Sean Rucker.
Personal: Born Matthew Mead Portland ... Son of Lance and Melanie Portland ... Father and grandfather both played baseball at Dartmouth ... Uncle, Greg Portland, was a team doctor for the Northwestern Athletic Department ... Cousin of New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes ... Anticipated major is history.