Joined the Vol lineup mid-season and provided valuable offensive production...Finished the year with a .323 batting average, six home runs and 19 RBIs in 30 games, including 14 starts...Hit .381 (16-for-42) against lefties...Started in right field in both games of a doubleheader versus LSU on March 27, going 3-for-7 with two doubles and the first home run of his collegiate career...Put up the second longball in a back-to-back effort with Matt Duffy...Posted a 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs against Presbyterian College...Had a double and his second home run of the year in the 25-6 victory....Had an inside-the-park home run and a single in a 12-4 win over Florida on April 10....Posted a career-best 3-for-4 effort against Lipscomb three days later...Also scored two runs, knocked in another and recorded the first stolen base of his career....Was 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk in UT's series opener at Mississippi State on April 16....Came off the bench to go 2-for-5 with a home run, his fifth of the season, and a career-high five RBIs in UT's series-clinching, 25-5, victory over Georgia on May 8....Opened the series at Auburn with a 2-for-5 effort, including his sixth home run of the season.
Served as UT's closer, earning two of the team's four saves in 21 relief appearances...Also notched a 4-2 record and 4.29 ERA in 35.2 total innings of work...Struck out 43 and walked just 13 while holding opponents to a .231 batting average...Was particularly effective against lefties, limiting them to a .189 average...Averaged a team-best 10.85 strikeouts per nine innings...Made his 2010 debut on the mound by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against Xavier on Feb. 21 to finish off a 17-1 victory and complete the series sweep...Added another scoreless inning on Feb. 28 at Oregon State...Suffered his first loss of the year against Eastern Kentucky after giving up a 10th inning grand slam...Entered UT's contest against Kennesaw State on March 7 with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh inning, but was able to work out of the jam...Struck out the side around a solo home run in the ninth inning of UT's 13-2 win over Morehead State on March 17...Struck out a pair of batters and earned his first plate appearance versus USC Upstate...Struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth against LSU three days later...Came out of right field to twirl a scoreless ninth against the Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader on March 27...Picked up his first save of the season in UT's first SEC win of the season with a scoreless ninth at Ole Miss...Claimed his first collegiate win the next day, allowing just one hit and striking out two in 1.2 frames of action...Struck out the side in a scoreless ninth against Lipscomb...Tallied his second save of the season at Mississippi State on April 16...Picked up his second win of the year after twirling a career-high 3.2 innings of perfect relief in the first game of a doubleheader against Vanderbilt....Retired all 11 batters he faced, striking out three....Closed the door in the second game of the series against Kentucky, tossing 3.1 shutout innings to earn his third victory of the season...Was roughed up for five runs on seven hits in 1.2 IP at Georgia on May 9, but still came away with his fourth win of the season as UT rallied from two down in the ninth to win 14-11...Retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning of UT's 12-7 home win over MTSU....Sat down seven straight at Auburn on May 16, striking out three...Put forth an incredibly gutsy performance against Alabama on May 21, but suffered the tough loss...Throw a career-high 6.0 innings, striking out a personal best eight, but a two-run home run in the 11th inning allowed the Tide to claim a 4-2 win...Was 4-1 with 22 strikeouts and a 3.22 ERA in 22.1 innings with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League over the summer...Was rated as the 129th best prospect in the prestigious wood bat league by Perfect Game.
2009 - FRESHMAN
Appeared in 22 games while making starts in 11...Made five in right field, three in left, two in center and one at catcher...Started in left field against on Austin Peay on Feb. 24 and USC Upstate on March 4...Collected one hit in 1-for-3 performance vs. the Spartans...Caught for the first time during the 2009 season against UNC Asheville on March 25...Started in left field against Appalachian State April 7 and went 1-for-4 with double and RBI...Earned first career save after pitching scoreless ninth inning against Mississippi State on April 11...Started that game in left field and went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate...Started final two games of Vanderbilt series in outfield...Went 2-for-5 with a run scored May 16.
Pitching totals included an 0-3 record, four saves and a 5.45 ERA...He fashioned a 5.40 ERA in 15 appearances during league action...Made a team-high 27 appearances as a true freshman, which set a new school record for appearances by a freshman...His four saves also ranks him second in school history for saves by a freshman...Left-handers hit .224 against him and right-handers hit .239...Limited hitters to .254 average with runners on base...Averaged 1.3 innings per appearances and posted a 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio...Made his pitching debut Feb. 21 vs. Oregon State, working 2/3 of an inning...Pitched a season-high 3.0 innings against Ohio on March 7, allowing one run with two strikeouts...Took his first loss of the season against Louisville...Suffered another loss against Coastal Carolina, surrendering two runs in 2.1 innings...Made five straight appearances in which he worked one scoreless inning...Picked up his first save of the season in the game against MSU...Took his third loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 0.2 innings against Mississippi State...Worked a scoreless inning vs. MTSU followed by two scoreless inning at LSU...Finished the season with three saves in three games against Vanderbilt (May 14-16)...Did not allow an earned run and gave up only one hit during 2.2 innings.
Graduated from Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn., where he was coached by Tommy Pharr...Earned All-State honors in 2008 while helping lead the Admirals to a state championship and a 42-3 record that included 28 straight wins to open the season...Played for the Baseball Factory Team in the 2007 Baseball Express Cape Cod High School Classic...Also played on Farragut's 2006 state championship team that went 30-15...Was a member of the Knoxville Stars 15-and-Under baseball team that won the USYBA World Series in the summer of 2005...Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 46th round of the 2008 MLB draft (1,395th overall pick).
Full name is Matthew Garrett Ramsey...Born Sept. 24, 1989, in Oak Ridge, Tenn....Grandson of Tim and Phyllis Hill and son of Vickie and Garrett Ramsey...Recipient of the C. Robert Bice, MD Athletic Scholarship Endowment...Academic major: Sociology-criminal justice.