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#4 Matt Browning
Position: Third Base/Outfield
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Mystic, Conn.
High School: Fitch
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Career Highlights:

  • Drafted by Seattle Mariners in 43rd round (#1302 overall) in Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
  • First Team All-CAA as a senior
  • VaSID Second Team All-State as a senior
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete as a senior
  • Second Team All-CAA as a junior
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award as a junior
  • In the CAA, ranked 10th in average (.376), fourth in hits (82), eighth in doubles (19), and fourth in RBIs (59) in junior season
  • Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • CAA All-Rookie team

As a senior: 

  • Drafted by Seattle Mariners in 43rd round (#1302 overall) in Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
  • First Team All-CAA
  • VaSID Second Team All-State
  • All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • preseason All-CAA by league's coaches
  • Baseball America preseason All-CAA
  • SEBaseball.com preseason First Team All-CAA
  • combined with David Herbek, named the #2 hitting combo in the CAA in preseason by SEBaseball.com
  • Listed as an All-CAA candidate by Easton's CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • Preseason All-CAA by Yahoo! Sports
  • In final 2010 NCAA stat leaders, ranked 27th in doubles per game (0.43) and42nd in doubles (23)
  • In all games played for 2010 in the CAA, ranked 11th in batting average (.378), 13th in slugging percentage (.641), eighth in on-base percentage (.476), 10th in runs scored (58), ninth in hits (79), second in doubles (23), 11th in total bases (134), and 11th in walks (35)
  • In league games only, rankedseventh in hits (40), fifth in runs scored (27),third in total bases (75),fifth in on base percentage (.500),second in slugging percentage (.765), andeighth in overall individual batting
  • Set JMU's career doubles standard with 67, which also ranks in a tie for third in CAA history
  • His 23 season doubles rank fifth in JMU history
  • Also in JMU career record book, ranks fifth in at bats (758), fifth in hits (267), eighth in RBIs (168), 10th in home runs (31), sixth in total bases (435)
  • Fell just three shy of JMU's career extra-base hits record with 102
  • Finished the 2010 season leading the team with a .378 batting average
  • Hit .352 in his career with 167 runs and 206 games played
  • Two hits and two RBIs against #12 Coastal Carolina
  • Two hits, one run, and one RBI against #6 UC Irvine
  • Had three hits and three runs scored against Longwood
  • Recorded two hits and one RBI against Jacksonville
  • Posted two hits, three runs, first home run, and four RBIs in three plate appearances at North Florida on 3/12
  • Had two hits and two RBIs against North Florida on 3/13
  • Tallied three hits and three runs against Liberty
  • Hhit .615 in Towson series with four doubles and a home run
  • Three hits with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs in Towson opener
  • Three hits in three at bats with two doubles and a walk in Towson finale
  • Career day with six hits, four doubles, one home run, five RBIs, and five runs in Mason opener, tying JMU records for doubles and extra-base hits in a game
  • Home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored at Longwood
  • 4-5, two runs, two RBIs, double, and home run in Saturday ODU game
  • 60th career double in ODU finale
  • Two hits in loss at VMI
  • Two hits in William and Mary opener
  • Walk-off bloop single in 11th in Sunday win vs. W&M
  • Three hits with two solo home runs in UNCW opener
  • Solo home run at Liberty
  • Double to tie JMU career record of 61 along with 30th career home run in Kennesaw State opener
  • Double and two runs scored in Kennesaw finale to break career doubles record with 62
  • Pair of singles at Maryland for the 250th hit of his career
  • One hit in each game of Delaware series
  • 8-for-13 in series at Hofstra with three doubles, a triple, and a home run, including going 4-for-5 in Friday opener with three runs and two RBIs
  • Two hits and a walk in middle VCU game
  • Two-run double in VCU finale
  • One hit in each game and three walks in JMU's three CAA Tournament contests.

As a junior:

  • Second Team All-CAA
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • In the CAA, ranked 10th in average (.376), fourth in hits (82), eighth in doubles (19), and fourth in RBIs (59)
  • Started all 54 games
  • Identified as a preseason all-conference candidate by CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • SEBaseball.com preseason second team All-CAA
  • Combined with Alex Foltz to form third-ranked hitting combination in the CAA as ranked in the preseason by SEBaseball.com
  • Drove in a run and scored a run against Southern Illinois
  • Recorded two RBIs in a win over Coastal Carolina
  • Scored a run and knocked in a run in a win over Liberty
  • Four hits, a double, and a RBI in a win over Lafayette
  • Had a multi-hit game with two RBI's on the road against Stetson
  • Recorded two doubles in game three of a four game series against Stetson
  • Went 3-for-7, including a home run, with four runs and two RBI's in a two-game set with Youngstown St
  • Went 8-for-10 with two RBI's against Bryant in a three-game series to earn him CAA Player of the Week on March 16
  • Scored three runs on two hits, and knocked in two runs in a middle of the week contest at home versus Liberty
  • Scored two more runs with two hits, one a home run, and two RBI's at Radford
  • Went 6-for-12 against CAA opponent Northeastern while knocking in a run during every game of the three-game series
  • In a CAA series at Towson, finished 4-for-11 with four runs scored, three RBI's, and one home run to extend hitting streak to 14 games
  • Had nine-game RBI streak snapped at Towson
  • Three-run homer in ODU opener
  • 3-for-5 with two RBIs, a steal, and a double in second game
  • Two hits with a steal in ODU finale
  • Three-run homer at The Mount
  • Two hits and scored twice at VCU
  • Three RBI's in finale at VCU
  • Two hits and two runs scored with a RBI at home versus VMI
  • Went 8-for-15 with nine RBIs and a home run in each game during a weekend series at Delaware
  • Recorded three hits and knocked three runs in against Longwood
  • Singles and walked twice with a run and RBI in GSU opener
  • Two hits, one RBI, and one run scored against Maryland
  • Two-run double with a walk and a steal at GWU
  • 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs, and first career two-steal game at Longwood
  • Two singles, a run, a steal, and an RBI in Mason game two
  • Spent part of the summer resting before then signing in July with the Saratoga Phillies in the New York Collegiate League
  • Made eight starts and led the team with a .375 average with two doubles, a home run, .583 slugging percentage, and .484 on-base percentage.

As a sophomore:

  • Preseason All-CAA by Baseball America
  • Preseason second team All-CAA by SEBaseball.com
  • Tied for sixth in CAA in triples (3)
  • Homered one time each against Radford and William and Mary in the second week of the season
  • Went 2-for-4 with two runs and a triple, first of his career, at Tennessee
  • Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base against Georgia State in game three
  • Went 3-for-6 with a home run, five RBIs, and three runs scored as well as a stole base against George Washington
  • Went a combined 8-for-13 in the Towson series with four doubles, four runs scored and a pair of RBIs
  • Had an RBI-double, scored twice, and walked against Hofstra in the series finale
  • Scored a run and drove in a run against Liberty
  • Hit his fourth home run of the season against Delaware in game two in a come-from-behind win for the Dukes
  • Homered against Liberty in the bottom of the eighth inning to top off the Dukes late inning comeback win
  • Went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored against George Washington
  • Singled and tripled while driving in two and walking once against VCU in game one
  • Had an RBI double and scored a run in a come-from-behind victory against East Tennessee State
  • Had two runs, two hits, and two RBIs including a home run in game one against UNC Wilmington
  • Homered and doubled at Marist, missing his second long ball by three feet off the wall
  • Two hits with an RBI double in NU game two
  • Matched career high with four hits in finale against Northeastern, collecting two Singles, a double, his eighth home run, and scoring twice
  • Singled and scored in CAA tournament win over ODU
  • Two hits in second round win over GMU
  • 3-for-5 in Raleigh Regional win over Charlotte with two runs scored and his third triple
  • Two singles, two runs, and an RBI in NCAA loss to South Carolina
  • Hit .370 in seven postseason games.

As a freshman:

  • Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • CAA All-Rookie team
  • Finished fourth in CAA in batting average
  • Two hits each in Delaware games one and three
  • Fourth three-hit game in 10 games vs. GWU
  • Two hits in Towson game one extended 14-game hitting streak, longest for any JMU player in 2007
  • Two hits, three runs, career-high four RBIs, a home run, and two walks against Richmond
  • 3-for-5 with two doubles in GSU game two
  • Had two hits, three RBIs and a home run in series opener versus Georgia State
  • Had a career-high three hits in back-to-back games versus Hofstra and Virginia Tech
  • Scored two runs in game versus Virginia Tech
  • Had a home run and three RBIs in second George Mason game
  • Went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a walk against George Washington
  • Matched his career-high with three RBIs in that game
  • Hit his first career home run against Virginia tech
  • Finished the game 1-for-2 with a run scored and one RBI
  • Went 1-for-2 with a runs scored and an RBI in second Marshall game
  • His hit was a double
  • Stole his first career base against Liberty
  • Went 1-for-1 with a two-run double in pinch-hitting role versus Maryland
  • Set a career-high with three RBIs against #4 Virginia
  • Went 2-for-4 in the first Charlotte game
  • Made his first career start against Kansas State and went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs
  • Played summer 2007 for New Bern River Rats in Coastal Plains League
  • Hit .182 in 39 games with four doubles, two home runs, and 11 RBIs.

Before JMU:

  • 2006 All-New England Team
  • 2006 All-State Connecticut High School Coaches Association
  • Named All-State New Haven Register twice
  • Member of 2006 All-Connecticut team
  • First team All-Eastern Connecticut Conference as sophomore and junior
  • New London Day all-area team as a sophomore
  • District MVP of 2006 Connecticut senior all-star game
  • Set high school career records for hits (114) and batting avg. (.483)
  • Had 40 hits as a sophomore which set the school record at the time
  • MVP of high school team
  • Ranked as number one team in New England after winning 2005 state championship, finishing with a 24-2 record.

Personal:

  • Son of Chris and Marie Browning
  • Management major.

Year

G/GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

AVG.

2007

41/22

107

15

42

10

0

4

31

1-6

9

17

.339

2008

58/58

224

45

64

15

3

8

37

8-13

19

40

.286

2009

54/54

218

49

82

19

0

9

59

14-18

25

33

.376

2010

53/53

209

58

79

23

1

10

41

6-10

35

34

.378

Career

206/187

758

167

267

67

4

31

168

29-47

88

124

.352

Getting to Know Matt

Why did you choose JMU?
Great school with a great baseball program

What is your major/minor and why did you choose it?
Sports Management.  I chose it because it deals with two subjects I enjoy, Physical Activity and Business.

What are your goals for the 2010 season?
For our team to play to our potential and make a deep post-season run

What are your hobbies or interests off the field?
Going to the beach, Snowboarding, Playing Golf and Basketball

What has been most memorable JMU baseball moment thus far?
Winning the CAA tournament and playing in a Regional.

What is the best advice you have received?
Don't sweat the small stuff.

What advice would you give a prospective recruit?
Don't pass this place up.

Do you have a nickname on the team?
Most people either call me "Chi" or "Rown"

Do you have a special pre-game ritual or tradition that you always follow?
Throw with Matt Townsend.  Say a prayer during the National Anthem.

What is the best class you have taken at JMU?
Facilities Management

What do you want to do after college?
Either try to get a Sport Marketing job or go to Grad School.

Who or what influenced you to get involved in baseball?
My Dad

FAVORITE

Food?  Chick-fil-a, No doubt about it.
TV Show?  Jeopardy
Movie?  Carlito's Way
Athlete?  Ed Reed
Pro sports team?  Baltimore Ravens
Place to eat on campus?  E-Hall
Guilty pleasure song on your iPod?  How Will I Know by Whitney Houston