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18 Matt Williams

2008

  • An ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III selection
  • Named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second consecutive year
  • Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight season
  • Started 50 games behind the plate
  • Batted .330 with 67 hits, including 16 doubles for the second-most on the team
  • Scored 39 runs and drove in 29
  • Slugged .409 and compiled a .400 on base percentage with 15 walks and 10 times hit by a pitch
  • Batted .288 with 10 doubles in the ACC
  • Threw out 19 runners to tie for the second-most in the conference
  • Held opposing runners to a 67 percent stolen base success rate
  • Made just one error in 34 chances for a .997 fielding percentage to lead all ACC catchers
  • Ended the season on a 42-game errorless streak
  • Turned in 21 multi-hit games, including five three-hit outings
  • Hit .345 with nine doubles during a career-high 14-game hitting streak (4/6 through 4/26)
  • Doubled in six straight games (4/19 through 4/26)
  • Went without a hit in back-to-back games just twice during the season
  • Had multiple hits in 21 games, including five three-hit outings
  • Ended the season on a seven-game hitting streak
  • Batted .440 with runners on base
  • Had 13 two-out RBI with a .283 average in two-out situations

2007

  • Named to the All-ACC Academic Team
  • Selected to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the second consecutive season
  • Started 48 games behind the plate
  • Batted .308 with 29 RBI and 30 runs
  • Collected 53 hits, including six doubles
  • Led the team with eight sacrifice flies, tying him for the ACC lead
  • Boasted a .974 fielding percentage
  • Threw out 15 runners trying to steal for the seventh most in the ACC
  • Quadrupled his walk total from 2006, drawing 21 free passes
  • Had 14 outings with two or more hits
  • Had two hitting streaks of six games and two of five games
  • Batted .301 with runners on base and .288 with runners in scoring position
  • Named to the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Team during summer ball
  • Caught for the Duncanville Deputies and committed just two errors in 219 chances behind the plate

2006

  • Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll
  • Started 54 of 55 games played as a freshman, including 51 behind the plate, two as a DH and one at third
  • Batted .259 with 27 runs scored and 23 RBI
  • Raked 52 hits, including five doubles, a triple and a home run
  • Swiped five bases
  • Had 14 multiple-hit games, including a career-high four hits against Elon (2/22) and a pair of three-hit efforts
  • Had six multiple-RBI games, including a pair of three-RBI performances against Radford (2/25) and Virginia Tech (4/22)
  • Added four two-RBI games on the season
  • His season-long eight-game hitting streak from April 14 to April 29 was the third-best on the squad
  • Also had a six-game hitting streak from March 3 through March 10

High School

  • Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Northville High School
  • First team all-state selection as a junior and senior
  • Three-time all-conference selection
  • Four-time all-area first team and all-division selection
  • Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America selection as a senior
  • Hit .462 with one home run and 22 RBI during his senior campaign
  • Batted .454 with five home runs and 40 RBI as a junior
  • Hit .442 with 18 RBI during his sophomore season
  • Batted .422 with 12 RBI as a freshman
  • Also lettered in football
  • National Honor Society member

Personal

  • Born Matthew Randall Williams on February 23, 1987, in Dallas, Texas
  • Son of Steve and Kelly Williams
  • Has a brother, Dan, and a sister, Katy
  • Majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Markets and Management
  • Minoring in Religion
Position: Catcher
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
City/State: Northville, Mich.
High School: Northville
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