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16  Matt Smith
Matt Smith

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
McKinney, Texas

High School:
McKinney

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210

Position:
C

Birthdate:
01/30/1986

Experience:
2L

B/T:
R/R


2006
Honors: First Team All-Big 12 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Second Team All-Big 12 - Austin American Statesman and Big 12 Coaches - Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.... Ended the season with a team-leading .377 batting average...16 doubles (team leader), one triple, seven home runs, 46 RBI...totaled 22 multiple-hit games, 12 multiple-RBI games...made 39 starts behind the plate and 10 as the desingated hitter...Suffered an MCL injury to his left knee in the second game of the KSU series on April 14th and after missing nine games he returned to the Tech lineup where he spent the remaining of the season as the designated hitter.... Took over the starting catching job in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, a position occupied by former Red Raider Cooper Fouts for the last three seasons...Smith made 13 starts behind the dish as a true freshman in 2005... Led the team in batting average in the three-game series against UL-Monroe to start the season...Totaled a .667 average (8-for-12) along with two home runs and eight RBI. His two home runs over the weekend tied his entire home run total from 2005.... Nominated for Big 12 Player of the Week on Sunday, Feb. 26 after hitting .889 over four games the previous week...Against Eastern New Mexico and three teams in the Midland Classic, Smith went 8-for-9 at the plate with seven walks and eight RBI...he picked up his first career grand slam against Oral Roberts in the Midland Classic finale that helped Tech defeat the Golden Eagles 7-4...Hit .417 in the weekend series against UNC Asheville while collecting two home runs and five RBI...Went 6-for-11 (.545) in the three-game series at No. 24 Kansas...added two more doubles to his collection along with two RBI...Made his return to the Tech lineup for the first time in nearly a month at New Mexico after suffering MCL damage in his left knee against Kansas State on April 14th...went 3-for-6 at the plate with one RBI as the designated hitter...Continued his hot hitting in the three-game series against Missouri as he went 6-for-10 (.600) at the plate with four RBI...his sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth of game-two capped a three-run rally as Tech clinched the series with a 5-4 win.

2005
A true freshman that was able to contribute some key playing time behind the plate for the Red Raiders...served as the backup to three-year starting catcher Cooper Fouts but along the way made 13 starts behind the dish and nine as the designated hitter...finished the season as one of six Red Raiders to hit over the .300 mark (.321)...posted 27 hits in 84 at-bats along with three doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI...totaled a .429 slugging percentage and a .473 on-base percentage...drew 22 walks on the year and was 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts...ended the season with seven multiple-hit/multiple-RBI games...his season long hitting streak was a four-game stretch that began on April 23rd against Kansas and ended on May 5th against Dallas Baptist...had a career day against Dallas Baptist on May 7th as he went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and a run scored...IN THE BIG 12...made 17 appearances in conference action and earned seven starts...finished league play with a .265 batting average (9-for-34) and added five RBI...had multiple-hit games in two different contests against Nebraska (May 15th and May 25th)...posted two RBI against Oklahoma State on April 8th and Oklahoma on May 22nd.

HIGH SCHOOL
Four year standout at McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas (located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex)...coached by Randy Hales and Jeremy Price... finished with a career batting average of .382 with 108 hits, 25 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs and 79 RBI...Honorable Mention All-District as a freshman...Second-Team All-District as a sophomore playing third base...as a junior he was a First-Team All-District selection as a catcher and was the Dallas Morning News Player of the Week on several occasions...as a senior he was a First-Team All-District pick...listed as a Top 100 prospect by Texas Baseball News.

PERSONAL
Born on January 30, 1986 in McKinney, Texas to parents Tony and Kathi Smith...father Tony is a CPA and graduate of North Texas while his mom Kathi is a florist and graduate of Grayson County Community College...has one younger brother, Andrew (17)...enjoys baseball, fishing, cars and hunting...majoring in business.

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