Friday Flashback: Maxwell goes 11-1 with Oregon State in 2005

July 3, 2020

Anton Maxwell

Anchorage’s Anton Maxwell was simply sensational as a sophomore with the Oregon State University baseball team.

The left-handed pitcher posted an 11-1 record in 17 appearances in 2005 as the No. 3 starter for the Pac-12 power that advanced to the College World Series.

Maxwell, of East High fame, struck out 69 batters in 95.1 innings and finished with a 4.33 ERA.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound southpaw threw a 1-hit complete-game effort in an 8-1 win over Washington State. At the time, he was just the second Alaskan to throw a 9-inning complete game at the NCAA D1 level.

He also carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Cal-Davis in another win.

Maxwell’s 11 wins are the most for an Alaskan at the D1 level.

He played for Oregon State from 2005 to 2007 and compiled a 17-5 record and 4.26 ERA in 46 career appearances. He racked up 114 strikeouts over 156.1 innings.

In 2007, Maxwell went 3-1 in 19 appearances (mostly in relief) and had a sparkling 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings of work.

He was drafted by the MLB that year in the 31st round by the Texas Rangers and played two seasons in Single-A with Spokane and Clinton.

Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.