Appeared in 80 games (55) starts heading into his junior season ... hit .200 overall (43-for-215) with 23 runs scored, 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 32 RBI and 22 walks ... posted seven multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI performances ... compiled a .293 slugging percentage and a .290 on-base percentage ... has a .932 career fielding percentage after recording 13 errors in 190 chances ... IN BIG 12 PLAY
... seen action in 23 games (14 starts), hitting .145 overall (8-for-55) ... recorded three doubles, four RBI, eight walks and two sacrifices while scoring eight runs.
CAREER HIGHS (entering 2015 season)
Games Played (Season): 50 (2014)
Games Started (Season): 41 (2014)
At-Bats: 6, at Dallas Baptist (5/6/14)
Runs: 3, vs. Stephen F. Austin (3/18/14)
Hits: 3, vs. New Mexico (3/4/14)
RBI: 4, vs. New Mexico (3/4/14)
Doubles: 1 7x, vs. Ole Miss (6/17/14)*
Triples: 1, vs. New Mexico (3/4/14)
Home Runs: None
Walks: 2 4x, at TCU (3/22/14)*
Strikeouts: 4, at Dallas Baptist (5/6/14)
Stolen Bases: 1, vs. Indiana (2/15/14)
Hit Streak: 5 games (2/28-3/6/14)
* Indicates most recent high
Played for the San Luis Obispo Blue in the California Collegiate League for the second-straight summer ... hit .231 overall (24-for-104) with eight doubles, a triple and 19 RBI ... tied for fourth on the team in RBI and games played (34).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)
Appeared in 30 games while making 14 starts as a sophomore ... made seven starts at third base, six at second base and one as the designated hitter ... hit .169 overall (10-for-59) with five runs scored, five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, four walks, two hit-by-pitch and three sacrifice hits ... compiled a .914 fielding percentage after totaling five errors in 58 chances ... AGAINST NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENTS ... saw action in 10 of 13 games (six starts) against top-25 foes ... hit .174 overall (4-for-23) with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run, six RBI, two walks and a sacrifice hit ... DURING BIG 12 PLAY ... appeared in 11 games while making five starts -- two at second base and three at third base ... batted .053 overall (1-for-19) with two runs scored, a double, an RBI, three walks, a hit-by-pitch and two sacrifices ... AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP ... made one appearance as a pinch hitter in tournament finale against Baylor ... HOME GAMES ... hit .147 overall (5-for-34) in 17 home games (eight starts) ... scored four runs while recording two doubles, a home run, three RBI, a walk, hit-by-pitch and two sacrifices ... ROAD/NEUTRAL SITE GAMES ... in 12 games (five starts), hit .238 overall (5-for-21) with a run scored, three doubles, a home run, seven RBI, three walks, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice ... SITUATIONAL ... was 3-for-12 overall in pinch hit opportunities ... compiled a .278 average (5-for-18) with runners in scoring position and a .286 clip (8-for-28) with runners on base ... six of his 10 RBI on the year came with two outs in the inning ... HIT STREAK ... longest hit streak of the year was three games (March 7-10) -- the final two contests at Cal State Fullerton and then a midweek game against New Mexico State ... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS ... earned first career Opening Day start at third base against San Francisco ... helped push the Red Raiders to a 6-5 victory over Abilene Christian (3/3) with a walk-off RBI double in the 16th inning … hit ended the longest game in Texas Tech history … totaled a season-high two hits, going 2-for-3 against No. 30 Cal State Fullerton (3/7) ... followed up by matching career high with four RBI in the series finale against the Titans (3/8) ... all four RBI came off an eighth inning grand slam, the first home run of his career ... marked the first time a Red Raider had connected on a grand slam for first career home run since Tyler Neslony against Indiana in 2013 ... ACADEMIC HONORS ... Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Played for the San Luis Obispo Blues in the California Collegiate League ... batted .261 (18-for-69) with 12 runs, eight doubles, seven RBI, eight walks and 2-for-2 stolen bases ... team finished 40-12 overall and 29-11 in league play.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014)
NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team ... Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team... Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team (SS) ... Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (2/24) ... played in 50 games (41 starts) with 21 starts at shortstop, 13 at third base, six at designated hitter and one at second base ... batted six-hole 25 times, leadoff seven times, seven-hole six times, two-hole twice and cleanup once ... batted .212 (33-for-156) with 18 runs, seven doubles, one triple, 22 RBI, 18 walks and fielded .939 (42 putouts, 82 assists, 8 errors) ... one of two freshmen on the team (Stephen Smith - 53) to start over 40 games... did not commit an error in 16 of first 17 games to start career ... AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED OPPONENTS ... in 19 games (16 starts) batted .196 (11-for-56) with six runs, two doubles and four RBI ... DURING BIG 12 PLAY ... in 12 games (9 starts) batted .194 (7-for-36) with six runs, two doubles and three RBI ... NCAA TOURNAMENT... in eight games (8 starts) batted .192 (5-for-26) with two runs, a double and an RBI ... NCAA CORAL GABLES REGIONAL ... hit safely in 3-of-4 games ... NCAA LUBBOCK SUPER REGIONAL ... made several standout defensive plays at third base ... NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ... in two games (2 starts) batted .333 (2-for-6) with a double and a walk ... HOME GAMES ... in 27 games (21 starts) batted .202 (17-for-84) with 10 runs, four doubles, a triple and 17 RBI ... ROAD/NEUTRAL SITE GAMES ... in 23 games (20 starts) batted .222 (16-for-72) with eight runs, three doubles and five RBI ... SITUATIONAL: posted nine two-out RBI ... MISCELLANEOUS: six go-ahead RBI ... four infield base hits ... three bunt base hits ... one game-winning RBI - a three-run RBI double down the right-field line in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead Tech to a 5-3 victory over New Mexico State (3/6) ... had six multi-hit games, including one three-hit game ... notched five multiple RBI games (led all Tech freshmen), including a three-RBI game and one four-RBI game ... HIT STREAK: season-long five-game hit streak (2/28-3/6) batting .471 (8-for-17) with a run, two doubles, a triple, eight RBI and five walks ... REACHING BASE SAFELY: reached base safely in a season-high eight consecutive games ... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS... made career debut as a pinch hitter on Opening Day against No. 3 Indiana (2/14) while striking out swinging ... had three straight multi-hit games against Oral Roberts in a three-game series going 2-for-4 (2/21), 2-for-5, run, RBI (2/22) and 2-for-3, 2 RBI (2/23) ... earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week following series with ORU ... HOUSTON COLLEGE CLASSIC: led team batting .400 (4-for-10) with a run, double and RBI with three walks and .538 on-base percentage ... became Tech's first freshman to ever be named to the Houston College Classic All-Tournament team ... became Tech's first shortstop to ever be named to the Houston College Classic All-Tournament team ... had a season-high three hits going 3-for-4 with a triple and a season-high four RBI against New Mexico (3/4) ... had a season-high three runs against Stephen F. Austin (3/18) ... went 2-for-5 with two runs, a double and RBI at No. 24 TCU (3/23) ... member of the 2013 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll ... member of the 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (Dean's List).
A four-year varsity letterwinner at Crandall High School for head coach Jimmy West ... finished prep career with a .421 (139-for-330) career batting average with 122 runs, 44 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs, 97 RBI, 59 walks/hit-by-pitch and 43 runs in 110 career games ... as a senior batted .493 (37-for-75) with 31 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 20 RBI and 13 stolen bases while receiving 19 walks (9 intentional) as the leadoff batter ... 3A Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State ... Texas Sports' Writers Association Honorable Mention All-State ... selected to the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game ... earned Academic All-State in three sports (baseball, basketball, football) in 2012-13 ... as a junior batted .433 (39-for-90) with 34 runs, 17 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 30 RBI with eight stolen bases in 31 games ... 3A THSBCA First Team All-State ... First Team 13-3A All-District ... District 13-3A Offensive Player of the Year ... District 13-3A Defensive Player of the Year ... as a sophomore batted .402 (39-for-97) with 37 runs, seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 31 RBI with 17 stolen bases in 32 games ... First Team 13-3A All-District ... District 13-3A Offensive Player of the Year ... as a freshman batted .353 (24-for-68) with 20 runs, eight doubles, one triple and 16 RBI with five stolen bases in 22 games ... First Team 13-3A All-District ... prep highlights included hitting the game-winning home run in the 11th inning of a playoff game ... also hit back-to-back home runs with his brother in the same inning of a district game ... played summer baseball for D-Bat Mustangs for coach Matt Spencer and Carey Avants ... Avants was an infielder at Texas Tech in 2005 ... also played summer baseball with the Dallas Tigers for coach Gerald Smiley ... member of the Dallas Mustangs summer team ... also spent time working with hitting instructor Brett McCabe (former baseball coach at Kansas) ... was a varsity letterwinner in football, basketball and golf along with baseball ... a two-time all-district selection on the gridiron while playing quarterback, cornerback, punter and kicker ... earned second team all-state in 2010 - as the only sophomore on the first or second team ... was a guard on the basketball team helping lead the team to an area, bi-district and district titles ... active in numerous school, community and volunteer activities... member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... 2013 Dale Hansen Scholar Athlete ... ranked third in graduating class of 175 students ... CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Arkansas, TCU and Baylor.
Matthew Ryan Long ... born in Dallas, Texas ... son of Bob and Sharon Long ... a university studies major at Texas Tech.
Long was named to the NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament team helping lead the Red Raiders to their first regional title in school history.