Lincoln – Nebraska pitcher Matt Foust (Overland Park, Kan.) became the second Husker picked in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as he was selected in the sixth round (No. 188) overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday morning.
A fourth-year junior, Foust played a vital role in the Huskers reaching the NCAA Regional title game for the sixth time in eight seasons. On the year, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound right-hander went 2-4 with seven saves and a 4.02 ERA in a team-best 27 appearances.
“It’s exciting,” Foust said after hearing that he was drafted. “That’s what you hope for and work for is a chance to get drafted. I knew they were interested in me because they have been in contact with me a couple of times in recent days.”
Foust, who was not drafted out of high school, finished the year ranked fifth in the Big 12 in saves, ninth in appearances and 15th in ERA. His seven saves in 2007 tied for sixth on NU’s single-season list and his nine career saves ranks seventh on the Huskers’ all-time list.
He was 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season and also made six starts, highlighted by an eight-inning effort against Creighton on April 18. In that outing, he struck out a career-high five hitters over a career-long eight innings.
“I got the opportunity to pitch more this season and take advantage, and it worked out well,” Foust said.
Foust, who received his accounting degree during commencement ceremonies in May, joins pitchers Drew Bowman (fifth round, Cincinnati) and Tony Watson (ninth round, Pittsburgh) in giving the Huskers three top-10 round selections.