Matt Kostalos, a STAC Alum and former member of the Spartan Baseball Team (2014-2016) was signed on Saturday by the Rockland Boulders of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League).
The Boulders were searching for an additional arm that could be an immediate contributor and a steady presence on the mound and Kostalos, a Staten Island, NY native, was asked to fill that role beginning Saturday at Palisades Credit Union Park, a place that Matt is very familiar with.
Matty K took the hill against league foe Quebec in a relief appearance, going 2/3 of an inning, while giving up no hits, walking one batter and striking out another in Saturday's Pink in the Park themed contest. Among the 5,469 fans in attendance were Matt's family and friends to see his Boulders debut.
Kostalos, appeared in 14 games for St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2016, starting 13 of those contests, posting an impressive 8-0 record and an ECC-leading 1.46 ERA in 98.2 innings pitched. Matty K also had 4 complete games and 1 shutout, while striking out 108 opposing batters and only walking 23 others.
As a result of his outstanding season, Matt Kostalos received numerous awards and honors, including: ECC Pitcher of the Year, All-Conference and Region selections and NCBWA and ABCA All-American status.
In his three year career as a Spartan, Kostalos appeared in 41 games for STAC, starting 33 of those contests, posting an outstanding 23-8 record with 2 saves and a 2.07 ERA in 243.2 innings pitched. Matt also had 10 complete games, while striking out 248 opposing batters and only walking 66.
To date, Matt Kostalos has appeared in 9 games for the Rockland Boulders in 2016 Regular Season, posting a 1-1 record and a 0.46 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched. Matty K has struck out 19 opposing batters, while only walking 8 others.