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Heath-Matt.jpg (9308 bytes)#31 MATT HEATH

  • Catcher
  • Sophomore (RS), 1L
  • 6-1, 195, S/R
  • Fernandina Beach, Fla. (Fernandina Beach HS)

Did not participate in Fall drills due to recovery from rotator cuff surgery...1999 - Saw action in 34 games with 23 starts...Made 15 starts at catcher, four at DH and four at 1B...Hit .281 with four HR and 18 RBI...11 of 27 hits were for extra bases including seven doubles...Batted a team-best .432 with runners on base and an impressive .393 with runners in scoring position...Led the team with five pinch hits...Hit first career HR against UNC-Greensboro with career-highs in hits (3) and RBI (4)...Hit pinch hit home run against South Carolina in the ninth inning...SUMMER OF 1998 - Played for the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks in the Valley League...Hit .237 with four RBI...1998 - Redshirted...PREP - A 1997 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School where he was coached by Ken Roland...1997 Class 4A All-State second team selection (C)...Two-time All-First Coast selection by the Florida Times Union (1996, 1997)...Rated the 35th best prospect in the state of Florida by Baseball America...Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Player of the Year...Co-Player of the year in Nassau County with UF teammate Taylor Wood as selected by the Fernandina Beach News Leader...Played in the 1997 FACA All-Star Classic...Member of Team Florida in the Sun Belt Classic...A three-year starter...Switch-hitter...Hit. 453 as a senior with five home runs and 38 RBI...Also eight doubles and four triples with 18 stolen bases...Hit .362 as a junior, earning All-First Coast and All-Nassau County honors...Hit seven home runs with 32 RBI to go with 21 doubles and three triples....MAJOR - Recreation.

CAREER
Year BA G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB HS PO A E PCT
1999 .281 34-23 96 17 27 7 0 4 18 17 27 3 6 124 12 4 0.971
CAREERVS.SEC(REGULARSEASON)
Year BA G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB HS PO A E PCT
1999 .259 19-14 54 8 14 3 0 1 7 12 17 2 4 80 7 4 0.956

Career Game Highs:
AB - 6, vs. UNC Greensboro (3/3/99); R - 3, vs. Troy State (3/23/99); H - 3, two times, last vs. South Carolina (4/24/99); RBI - 4, vs. UNC-Greensboro (3/3/99).
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