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      Matt Sternberg
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Last College:
Okaloosa-Walton CC

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 204

Position:
3B/1B

Experience:
1L

B/T:
R/R

OUTLOOK: Versatile cornerman who can play first and third base ... Returns healthy after battling a knee injury last season.

2001: Spent the first half of the season at third base before moving to first base for the latter part ... Played in 48 games, making 39 starts (29 at third, six at first and four as the designated hitter) ... Hit .236 with three home runs and 17 RBI for the campaign ... Hit .286 in first 19 games with 10 RBI ... Had a season-high five-game hitting streak from 3/9-14, going 8-for-14 (.571) ... Collected a season-high three hits against Dayton 2/23 with his only triple ... Hit two of his three home runs versus SEC rivals Florida 3/11, Kentucky 3/25 ... Hit a two-strike, two-out three-run home run in the eighth inning at Tennessee Tech 4/11 to put the Vols up for good ... Had seven multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games ... Hit .273 against left-handers, .220 against right-handers, .190 with runners in scoring position and had eight two-out RBI.

OKALOOSA-WALTON CC: Earned 2000 All-Region VIII, All-State, All-Panhandle Conference honors at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Fla. ... Led conference in batting with a .412 average while slugging eight home runs, 12 doubles with 52 RBI and 52 runs scored in 49 games ... Tied for league lead with six triples ... Won team Gold Glove award for infielders ... Team won the 2000 Panhandle Conference title with a 15-5 mark while going 36-15 overall ... Hit .300 with 14 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI as a freshman as team finished with 40-14 mark and a second place conference finish ... Coached by David Garner ... Played with New Market in the Shenandoah Valley League in 2000, where he hit .197 with five RBI in 21 games ... Named starting third baseman for the North All-Stars in the All-Star game.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Killian Senior High in Miami, Fla. ... Garnered all-county honors after batting .380 with 18 doubles and two home runs ... Was a 1997 preseason All-America, all-county and earned the team award for most improved player ... Coached by Mike Sell.

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