Loosen, a JU pitcher from 2008-10, led the league in batting average against for all starters (.205) while ranking second in wins (10) and WHIP (1.17) and fifth in strikeouts (104). He struck out five or more batters in 12 of his 22 starts, including 10 in seven scoreless innings against the Dunedin Blue Jays (Class A-Advanced, Toronto) July 6.
“This is a great honor for Matt,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “He has pitched well in the Cubs system during the last two seasons. You want to show that you’re learning and improving and Matt is doing it. We look forward to Matt moving up the ladder more and one day pitching in the big leagues.”
As a senior in 2010, Loosen finished with a team-best 86 strikeouts in 82.2 innings for work. Loosen returned to form from a 2009 injury by allowing one run on six hits and fanning career-best 11 batters in seven innings against No. 2 Florida State. He also posted 10 strikeouts against USC Upstate. Loosen was selected in the 23rd round (700th pick) by the Cubs in the 2010 draft.
Loosen’s younger brother, Ethan, is a shortstop on the squad and was named one of the 20 best prospects out of the JayHawk Summer Collegiate League by Perfect Game USA.
The Dolphins begin fall practice in late September at John Sessions Stadium.