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13 MATT LaPORTA
  • INF/C
  • 6-1 · 215
  • R/R
  • Junior · 2L
  • Port Charlotte, Fla. · Charlotte High School
  • Major: Recreation and Event Management

AS A JUNIOR (2006): Was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Draft with the 433rd pick…With 14 homers, he became the first Gator to lead the team in round-trippers in consecutive seasons since Brad Wilkerson accomplished the feat since 1997 and 1998…Missed a stretch of 13 games between Feb. 24-March 14 with a strained oblique and returned to the lineup against Arkansas on St. Patrick's Day...Batted an identical figure of .259 on the season and in league play...Totaled 38 RBI to rank third on the squad and his on-base percentage of .410 led the team...Eleven of his 14 HR came against SEC competition...Needs one round-tripper to match Wilkerson's school-record total of 55...Batted .309 with runners on base and .326 with runners in scoring position...Closed the year by going 5-for-12 (.417) in the series win over LSU…Matched his career high of four hits in the second meeting with the Tigers, when he was 4-for-5 with two RBI…Was 2-for-8 (.250) at Alabama but both of his hits left the ballpark....Tied a school record held by Wilkerson with five walks in the opener and scored a run during UF's 4-3 edging of the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide...Swatted two three-run homers against Georgia...Batted .400 (4-for-10) against Auburn and mashed a pair of dingers...Set the tone for the win over Florida State with a solo homer in the first inning deep to left...Finished 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBI...Went 4-for-12 (.333) at Tennessee, helped by a 3-for-5 performance in the third game...Collected his first double of the season on Easter Sunday...Hit .417 (5-for-12) at Kentucky…Homered in all three meetings with the Wildcats for the second year in a row...Had two hits in the first and third games of the set...Cranked a two-run homer in game two with Vanderbilt...Was 4-for-12 (.333) at South Carolina to become the Gators' top hitter in the series...Launched a solo homer in the finale at USC and went 2-for-4 in the first game...Clubbed the third grand slam of his career versus Florida A&M on Feb. 22 with a towering shot over the left-field bleachers into the O'Connell Center parking lot...That was the first game all season he did not draw a free pass...Second on the Gators in Coral Gables with a .300 (3-for-10) showing...Drew three walks and was hit once...Was 1-for-3 in the third game with a run and a sacrifice fly...Moved into second place on the school's all-time home run list with a solo shot in the eighth inning of the second game with Miami that snapped a 1-1 tie...Was 3-for-10 (.300) against Cincinnati, with four runs and three RBI...Also drew six walks, two each game, and was hit once...Poked a two-run single in the finale and matched his career high with four runs...Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in UF's first game of the year…Entered the campaign on the Watch List for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate player.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2005): Member of the 2005 USA Baseball National Team…Was the first individual from Florida to be chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year…Recognized as a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), and USA Today/Sports Weekly…The first-team All-SEC pick also secured all-tournament honors at both the NCAA Gainesville Regional and the SEC Tournament…Named as the SEC Player of the Week on three occasions (Feb. 21, April 25, May 23)…Appeared on the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy Watch List…Led the NCAA with 26 home runs, setting a single-season school record…Second on the team with a .328 batting average...Ranked first in the SEC in slugging percentage (.698), runs batted in (79) and homers...LaPorta's RBI total was one shy of Ryan Shealy's UF standard established in 2002…Drove in 41 runs and belted 15 bombs during 29 conference games…Batted .250 (5-for-20) in College World Series action with six RBI and a pair of dingers...Drove in Florida's two runs against Texas in game one of the CWS Championship Series with an eighth-inning single…Captured the NCAA home run crown with a fifth-inning blast against Arizona State on June 23…Connected on his 25th homer of the season versus Tennessee in the opening round of the College World Series…Scored seven runs and notched four RBI during the NCAA Regional…Had a career-best nine-game hitting streak snapped by North Carolina on June 4...Was 2-for-4 with a career-high four runs scored, three RBI and a homer earlier that day against Stetson...Hit .412 (7-for-17) with five runs, three doubles and two RBI during the SEC Tourney...Went 3-for-5 with three runs and a pair of doubles in the 10-7 win over Ole Miss...Delivered a scorching .438 (7-for-16) clip during Florida's sweep of Vanderbilt and win over Stetson...Had a monstrous stretch where he blasted three-straight game-winning home runs...Clubbed a solo shot in the 13th in game two at Vandy after launching a grand slam in the opener...Later finished the weekend by going 2-for-4 with a two-bagger and a run as the Gators sealed the SEC title...Helped UF overcome a 4-3 deficit to Stetson with a two-run job with two down in the eighth frame of an eventual 6-4 win...Named as the SEC's Player of the Week after hitting .462 (6-for-13) at Auburn...Drove in seven runs and connected on three more homers...Swatted two blasts in the opener and scored the winning run in game three against the Tigers...Turned in a .357 (5-for-14) series at Georgia...Opened the scoring in the rubber game with a solo shot starting off the second inning and wound up 3-for-5 with three runs...Homered in all three games against Kentucky and led the Gators with 10 RBI...Three of his four hits on the weekend left the yard...Finished 4-for-12 (.333) and cranked two home runs at Ole Miss, totaling five RBI...Snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a solo shot, helping the Gators end a six-game losing streak to the Rebels and a 10-game slide in Oxford...Scored a team-high seven runs and was 4-for-9 (.444) in the Michigan State series...Drew six walks, two each game, and poked two doubles...Went 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs against FAMU on Feb. 22...Fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle...Laced his first career triple over the center fielder's head...Chosen as the SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 21 for the first time in his career after a sizzling .583 (7-for-12) effort against Miami (Fla.) in which he socked three home runs and had a slugging percentage of 1.417...Belted a two-run homer in the sixth of the finale after the Hurricanes pulled to within 12-10...Set a career high with three walks...Went 3-for-4 in game two, including a double and a hit by pitch...Mashed two round-trippers on his way to a 3-for-5, three-run, three-RBI opener but UF fell by a 9-7 count.

AS A FRESHMAN (2004): Chosen as a First-Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America…Named to the SEC All-Freshman team released by SEBaseball.com…Played in 50 games and started a total of 36 games for the Gators at four different positions (17 at catcher, 12 as the designated hitter, six in left field, one at first base)…Batted .285 overall with 37 runs batted in and 31 runs…Tied senior C.J. Smith for second on the squad with 14 homers, averaging a big fly every 9.3 at bats…Drew 13 walks and poked five doubles…Led UF with a freshman-record .646 slugging percentage…Totaled eight multiple-hit efforts and rated third on the team with 10 multiple-RBI games…Managed three or more hits in a contest on five occasions…Hit .329 in SEC games, the fourth-best average on the club, and ranked second behind Smith with 22 RBI…Clubbed eight homers in 18 conference starts…Matched classmate Adam Davis for the top spot in league play by being plunked four times…Batted .375 (3-for-8) in the NCAA Super Regional at Miami (Fla.) with a pair of doubles and a homer…Doubled and drove in a run during victories over Central Connecticut State and UCLA at the Oklahoma City Regional on June 4 and 6, respectively…Delivered a solo shot in the SEC Tournament opener against LSU…Blast came in his 100th at bat of the campaign…Went 5-for-10 (.500) at Tennessee, contributing five RBI, four runs and three homers…Jacked a couple of homers in the second matchup with the Vols and ended up 2-for-3 with three RBI…That contest completed a run of three straight outings in which LaPorta took a ball out of the yard…Closed the series against Ole Miss with a 2-for-4, two-run, two-RBI performance that included a HR…Delivered a pinch hit and scored during 6-5 win over Alabama on May 9…Established career highs in runs batted in (five) and hits (four) and tied career-best in runs (three) in 16-6 victory at Mississippi State on April 17…Plated two runs with a double against Georgia on April 4…Helped the Gators pick up a road sweep at Kentucky with a .462 (6-for-13) clip and five RBI…Went 2-for-5 and drove home two runs in the second meeting against the Wildcats…Enjoyed season-high six-game hitting streak between March 17-31, a stretch in which he batted .450 (9-for-20)…Launched a three-run bomb versus Dartmouth on March 24 to trigger a stretch of three games in a row with a dinger…Came through with a pinch-hit grand slam on St. Patrick's Day in setback to Army…Went 3-for-4 and scored three times in 14-8 slugfest over Brown on March 12…Collected an RBI with his first career hit against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 8…Had scored a run in his collegiate debut versus the Bulldogs the previous day.

SUMMER: Led the 2005 USA National Team with four home runs and tied for the team lead with 12 RBI…His slugging percentage of .552 was second behind Tennessee's J.P. Arencibia (.579)…Batted .259 in the 16 games he played, with 15 starts… Joined Gator classmate Adam Davis in helping the Yarmouth-Dennis (Mass.) Red Sox to the 2004 Cape Cod League Championship…Named as a starter for the Eastern Division at the league's All-Star Game held on July 24…Hit .234 and paced the Red Sox with 20 runs batted in…Joined the 20-20 club in both walks and runs as well…LaPorta wound up second in the home run race behind Falmouth's Daniel Carte, who took home the Pat Sorenti Award as the league's Most Valuable Player.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Charlotte High School, where he was coached by Dave Tollett and Mike Metcalf…Second-team all-state selection in Class 5A by the Florida Sports Writers Association…Honored as the Charlotte Sun Player of the Year and his district's Co-Player of the Year as a senior, when the Tarpons captured the district championship…Batted .455 in his final season with a team-high 53 runs batted in and a school-record 10 homers…Is Charlotte's all-time leader with 24 career home runs…Selected in the 14th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Chicago Cubs…Named third-team all-state and all-area as a junior after hitting .360 with 41 RBI and nine dingers…Helped CHS to the district crown during his sophomore campaign with a .310 clip and 32 runs batted in…Achieved second-team all-state distinction and was voted as his club's Defensive Most Valuable Player…Emerged as the winner of the Sarasota SNN-TV Home Run Derby after cranking 28 four-baggers…Earned two varsity letters in football and was a member of Charlotte's Student Leadership Panel.


LaPORTA'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 5 (23 times)
Runs Scored: 4 (twice)
Hits: 4 (three times)
RBI: 5 vs. Mississippi State (4/17/04)
Doubles: 2 vs. Ole Miss (5/26/05)
Triples: 1 vs. Kentucky (4/2/05) & Florida A&M (2/22/05)
Home Runs: 2 (three times)
Walks: 5 vs. Alabama (5/12/06)
Stolen Bases: 1 (four times)
Hit Streak: 9 games (5/18-6/4/05)

LaPORTA'S CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Season Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2004 .285 50-36 130 31 37 5 0 14 37 13 39 1-3
2005 .328 70-70 265 75 87 16 2 26 79 44 65 3-7
2006 .259 43-43 158 31 41 2 0 14 38 28 34 0-0
CAREER .298 163-149 553 137 165 23 2 54 154 85 138 4-10
SEC Regular-Season Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2004 .329 27-18 70 17 23 1 0 8 22 7 19 1-1
2005 .296 29-29 115 29 34 5 1 15 41 13 25 0-3
2006 .259 30-30 112 22 29 2 0 11 25 17 25 0-0
CAREER .290 86-77 297 68 86 8 1 34 88 37 69 1-4
SEC Tournament Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2004 .071 4-4 14 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 4 0-1
2005 .412 4-4 17 5 7 3 0 0 2 1 6 1-2
CAREER .258 8-8 31 7 8 3 0 1 3 2 10 1-3
NCAA Tournament Statistics
YEAR AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2004 .294 5-5 17 3 5 4 0 1 3 2 7 0-1
2005 .256 11-11 39 12 10 1 0 3 10 6 9 0-0
CAREER .268 16-16 56 15 15 5 0 4 13 8 16 0-1

 

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