RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Edvardas Matusevicius (Bay Shore, NY/Islip), a sophomore at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y., has signed an athletic financial aid agreement to continue his baseball career at Felician College in 2012-13, Felician head coach Chris Langan announced today.
Matusevicius, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound right-handed pitcher, went 2-1 with a 1.80 earned-run average as a freshman at Monroe in 2011. In 20 innings (nine appearances), he allowed eight hits, struck out 14 batters and walked two. When he enrolls at Felician in the fall of 2012, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. He intends to major in management.
A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, Matusevicius attended the invitation-only Major League Baseball European Academy in Tirennia, Italy, in 2008. Later that year, he played for Lithuania in the European Championship qualifiers. He moved to the U.S. in 2009 and spent his senior season at Islip High.
"Edvardas is a top-of-the-rotation guy," Langan said. "He's got a fastball in the 88-91 mile-per-hour range and a devastating '12-to-6' curve. He could also see some time in the outfield for us with his plus speed. Coach Lou Melendez does a nice job at Monroe and we've had success with his guys before."
Matusevicius's father, Edmuntas, is a former member of the national baseball team of the USSR. His mother, Dalia, competed in track & field in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and holds two national Lithuanian records.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The Golden Falcons posted a 24-22 overall won-lost record in 2011.