Matt  Waldren

22Matt Waldren

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

Last College:
College of Southern Nevada

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 195

Position:
OF

2017 - SENIOR

  • Appeared in 40 games (19 starts) for the Vols in 2017, hitting .179 with 12 runs scored, four doubles, one homer, 11 RBI and two stolen bases.
  • Was hit by a pitch in the fifth and drew a walk in the seventh inning of the series finale against Arkansas to extend his reach base streak to eight games, which is his longest streak this season (May 6).
  • Knocked an RBI-double in the fourth inning against ETSU to score a runner and extend UT's lead to 3-1. He then moved to third on an ETSU error and scored on a wild pitch to the backstop.
  • Went 1-for-2 and provided UT with its lone run on an RBI-double in the second inning of Game Two of the Texas A&M series (April 22).
  • Tied Game Two of the Auburn series at 4-4 in the eighth by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field.
  • Hit a sacrifice bunt in the series opener at Florida, helping the Vols take Game One, 7-6 (April 7).
  • Earned his first start of the season in the outfield on March 25 at Mississippi State.
  • Knocked his first career home run as a Vol in the second game of the SEC opening series against South Carolina (March 18).
  • Went 1-for-1 against Austin Peay on March 15 to bat in two runs.
  • Recorded his first hit of the season on March 3, going 1-for-1 with one run scored and one RBI in UT's home opener win over Norfolk State.
  • Made his first appearance of the 2017 season as a defensive substitution in right field on Opening Day at Memphis (Feb. 17).

2016 - JUNIOR

  • Appeared in 29 games for the Vols, including five starts, during his debut season at Tennessee. He tallied six RBI on eight hits and scored four runs while recording a .200 batting average.
  • Entered the series finale versus Georgia on May 21 as a pinch runner. He went on to score a run in the Vols' 5-2 win over the Bulldogs.
  • Started two games vs. Auburn as the DH and went 2-for-5 in Tennessee's Thursday night victory (April 14).
  • Went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI and a triple vs. Appalachian State (April 12).
  • Made his first start for the Vols as the DH in the series finale vs. UC Irvine, going 1-for-3 with a double (March 12).
  • Recorded a 3-RBI triple for his first hit as a Vol in a 20-1 victory over Central Michigan (Feb. 28).
  • Made his first appearance as a Vol at Grand Canyon, coming in as a pinch hitter and scoring one run in his Tennessee debut (Feb. 26).

2014-15 - COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

  • Spent two collegiate seasons as an outfielder for the College of Southern Nevada prior to arriving on Rocky Top.
  • Named Second Team Region 18 All Region twice while with the College of Southern Nevada: as a designated hitter in 2014 and an outfielder in 2015.
  • Hit a career-best .308 during his freshman campaign with the Coyotes in 2014.
  • Selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award, given for superior academic achievement (GPA of 3.8-3.99).

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Three-year varsity letterman and All-District player for Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Recorded the game-winning hit to send Mesquite HS to the state playoffs during his junior campaign.
  • Tabbed a Mesquite High School Team Captain, MVP and Golden Scholar Athlete.

PERSONAL

  • Full name is Matthew David Waldren
  • Born on Jan. 20, 1995
  • Son of Mary and Guy Waldren
  • Has four siblings: Ty, Joe, Jacob and Sarah
  • Plans to major in Communication Studies
 

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