Made appearances in 16 games for Tennessee this season mostly in a pinch-hitter role...Also collected four starts (one at catcher, two at first and one as designated hitter)...Made his first Tennessee start Feb. 27 vs. West Virginia as designated hitter...Had three-game hitting streak from March 3 through 7...Made second start, this time behind the plate, in first game on March 7 against Ohio...Appeared as pinch hitter and caught one inning against MSTU on April 15...Went 1-for-2 in series finale against South Carolina May 10...Entered the game as defensive replacement...Started final two games of season, May 15-16, at first base.
2008 - JUNIOR
Redshirted the 2008 season.
JACKSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2007 - SOPHOMORE
Was named the 2007 TJCCAA Baseball Player of the Year after batting .403 with 62 runs, 83 hits 13 homers and 76 RBIs in 54 games...Also collected 22 doubles...Ranked eighth in the TJCCAA in batting average and second in hits...Played catcher...Coached at JSCC by Steve Cornelison.
2006 - FRESHMAN
Hit .330 with four home runs while playing third base.
Graduated from Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tenn., where he was coached by Paul Mittura...Was a four-year varsity letterman...Served as president of the student council during his freshman year.
Full name is Matthew Collin Hamaker...Born Dec. 18, 1986, in Clarksville, Tenn....Son of Gene and Susan Hamaker...Academic major: Psychology.