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#11 Matt Townsend
Position: Outfield/Pithcer
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Lorton, Va.
High School: Hayfield
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Career Highlights:

  • Second Team All-CAA as a redshirt senior
  • First Team All-East Region by ABCA as a redshirt junior
  • First Team All-CAA after missing most of 2008 due to injury
  • ECAC Division I All-Stars First Team as a redshirt junior
  • Finalist for JMU Male Athlete of the Year
  • Tied JMU & CAA record for hitting streak at 34 games

As a redshirt senior:  

  • Second Team All-CAA
  • Preseason All-CAA by league's coaches
  • Baseball America preseason All-CAA
  • Collegiate Baseball preseason First Team All-American and CAA Player of the Year
  • Second Team All-Ping!Baseball (similar to All-America)
  • SEBaseball preseason First Team All-CAA and league's top hitting combo with Trevor Knight
  • Listed as an All-CAA candidate by Easton's CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • Named one of the CAA's three biggest power threats and the hitter coaches least want to face by CollegeBaseballInsider.com
  • Yahoo! Sports preseason All-CAA and the league's best hitter
  • Rated #7 outfielder in the country preseason in Yahoo!/Rivals power rankings
  • In final 2010 NCAA stat leaders, ranked 19th in walks per game (0.90) and 37th in total walks (37)
  • In all games played for 2010, ranked 12th in the CAA for on-base percentage (.464), 10th in home runs (12), third in walks (46), and tied for first in fielding percentage (1.000)
  • Rankedfirst in walks (24) in CAA conference play andninth in slugging percentage (.678)
  • In all-time CAA records, tied for 11th in career slugging percentage (.625)
  • Tied for third in JMU history in career home runs with 36
  • Also 10th in career hit by pitches (22)
  • 46 seasons walks also ranks fourth on JMU season chart
  • Finished the season hitting .324 and his career hitting average stands at .343
  • Contributed 193 hits, 156 runs, 132 RBIs, and played in 189 games for the Dukes since 2006
  • Had two runs, two RBIs, and two walks to reach base in all five plate appearances in season opener against #12 Coastal Carolina
  • Smacked a solo home run late against Longwood
  • Had two hits and three RBIs against Alcorn State with a double and second homer
  • Had two hits against Jacksonville with a double
  • Totaled three hits, four RBIs, and three runs against North Florida
  • Tallied two hits, two runs, and three RBIs against Liberty
  • Two-run home run in Towson finale
  • Tied JMU record with five walks in Mason opener
  • Double and two RBIs in Mason finale
  • Double, two-run home runs, walk, and a steal at VMI
  • Hit and two walks in W&M opener
  • Three RBIs, home run and two hits in Sat. W&M game
  • Three hits, home run, three RBIs in W&M finale
  • Four RBIs on two home runs in UNCW opener, including game winner in eighth
  • Walk, double, two RBIs at Liberty
  • Two hits with a double in Kennesaw State opener
  • Double, two walks, and two runs in Delaware opener
  • Two hits in finale vs. Blue Hens
  • A pair of two-run home runs, a walk, and three runs scored in opener at Hofstra
  • Two walks, a double, a single, and three RBIs in finale vs. Pride
  • Two walks, two runs, a steal at East Carolina
  • 3-for-5, double, two steals in VCU middle game
  • Added one run, one hit, and was walked three times to the CAA Tournament opening victory against UNC Wilmington
  • Batted in two RBIs in the CAA loss to VCU.

As a redshirt junior:

  • First Team All-East Region by ABCA
  • First Team All-CAA after missing most of 2008 due to injury
  • Honorable Mention All-Ping!Baseball
  • ECAC Division I All-Stars First Team
  • Finalist for JMU Male Athlete of the Year
  • Tied JMU & CAA record for hitting streak at 34 games
  • Led JMU in average (.390) and home runs (17)
  • In the NCAA, ranked 51st home runs per game (0.32), 54th home runs (17), 37th slugging percentage (.732), 69th total bases (150), 75th on-base percentage (.484)
  • In the CAA, ranked sixth average (.390), seventh hits (80), sixth runs (60), second homers (17), fourth RBIs (59), fifth steals (17), fourth total bases (150), fifth on-base percentage (.484), and third in slugging (.732)
  • On JMU season charts, ranked seventh homers, 10th total bases, and fourth hit by pitches (13)
  • Drove in a run in season opener versus Southern Illinois
  • Had two hits, one of which was a double, and scored twice while walking once against Troy
  • Knocked in a run and scored a run against Coastal Carolina
  • Had two hits including a home run, two runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base in win over Liberty
  • Finished 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, two runs, a stolen base, and a walk in series opener against Lafayette
  • Finished 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI in series finale victory over Lafayette
  • Had two hits and two runs scored on the road against Stetson
  • Went 5-for-9 with four runs and four RBI's against Youngstown State
  • Two doubles and two RBIs in Bryant finale
  • Doubled and pitched a scoreless inning at Radford, first collegiate pitching appearance
  • Homered in Northeastern opener
  • Had three hits, two runs scored, and six runs batted in a CAA matchup against Towson
  • Socked two homers with six RBIs in final game against the Tigers
  • Two hits in setback to Virginia Tech
  • 4-for-5 in ODU game two with a triple, RBI, and two runs
  • 2-for-3 with two hit by pitches and career-high three steals in ODU finale
  • 2-for-3 with 11th homer, career-high four runs, and three walks at Mt. St. Mary's
  • 7-for-14 with four runs and five RBIs in weekend series at CAA foe VCU
  • Hit a two-run home run at home against VMI
  • Scored a run , walked three times, and had a RBI in a mid-week matchup against George Washington
  • Multiple hits in each game of the Delaware series with two home runs, five RBIs, and five runs scored
  • Knocked in two runs with a double in the ninth in a comeback victory over Longwood, extending hitting streak to 32 on sixth and final at bat
  • Tied the all-time JMU & CAA consecutive hit streak (34 games) with a hit in game two of a weekend series against Georgia State
  • Recorded two hits and had two RBIs while scoring once on the road against Maryland
  • Two hits, two RBIs, a walk, a run, and three steals in win at George Washington
  • 2-for-4 with a run, walk, RBI, and steal at Longwood
  • Three walks in Mason series opener
  • 2-for-3 in season finale with a double, hit by pitch, run, and RBI
  • Aided the New Market Rebels to the VBL semifinals over the summer, finishing with a 24-25 overall record
  • Started 35 games in the outfield and hit .193 with four home runs.

As a junior: 

  • Doubled twice, scored twice, and drove in one runner against Binghamton in game one of a doubleheader
  • Went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against Radford
  • Hit a walk-off two-run home run to right center against William and Mary to open CAA play with a victory for the Dukes in the bottom of the ninth inning
  • Went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three walks against the Tribe in the second game of the series
  • Went 4-for-4 against GSU in game one with a double, and home run, and three runs scored
  • Missed remainder of season due to injury

As a sophomore:

  • Missed the last 20 games with an ankle injury suffered in the Longwood game
  • Went 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI against Longwood
  • Drew two walks and had a sacrifice against Radford
  • Hit his third home run of the season in the first William & Mary game
  • Went 2-for-4, including his first two home runs of the season, in first Marshall game
  • Had a career-high five RBIs and matched a career-high with three runs scored
  • It was the first multi-home run game of his career, and the two blasts doubled his career home run total
  • Had two hits and his first RBI of the season in finale versus Charlotte
  • Went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in second Charlotte game
  • Played summer 2007 for Asheboro Copperheads in Coastal Plains League
  • Appeared in just seven games.

As a freshman:

  • Defensive replacement in eighth inning of first two CAA tournament games against Georgia State and Northeastern, recording one put out
  • Single in the hole at short prior to Lee Bujakowski's game-winning, pennant-clinching Homer against UNCW
  • Had been inserted as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth
  • Was 4-for-12 at Towson with a homer that was Dukes' school-record 88th of the year
  • Also tripled in second game at Towson
  • Came off the bench late and went 1-for-1 and scored a run in game two against Georgia State
  • Went 2-for-5 from the plate including his first home run of his collegiate career in game one against Georgia State
  • Singled in the seventh and scored in game three at Hofstra
  • Started in center against Radford and went 2-for-4, scoring a run
  • Came in to play center for the injured Kellen Kulbacki during the Richmond game at home
  • Started final two games versus George Mason with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI
  • Started against Radford and went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and two RBIs
  • Started the second game versus Wagner and drew three walks and stole a base
  • Came off the bench to play in two games versus Fairfield
  • Went 2-for-4 with an RBI
  • Played for the Herndon Braves of the Clark Griffith Baseball League during the 2006 Summer
  • Hit .240 with 30 hits, 22 runs, and 20 RBIs
  • Tied for fourth in the league with four home runs.

Before JMU:

  • Member of 2004 National Amateur Baseball Federation Regional Championship team
  • Part of 2005 Virginia State quarterfinalist baseball team
  • Lettered two years in baseball also lettering two years in basketball for the Hawks
  • All-Patriot District, All-Northern Region, and All-Met outfield senior year
  • Named Hayfield offensive "player of the year" during senior campaign
  • All-district pitcher as a junior
  • Second team all-region as a junior
  • 2004 Virginia Commonwealth Games participant for the North team
  • Washington Post "Player of the Week" as a junior
  • Coached by Mark Luther.

Personal:

  • Son of Teri and Steve Townsend
  • Business management major.

 

Year

G/GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

AVG.

2006

47/15

76

23

23

4

1

2

8

3-5

8

13

.303

2007

25/16

56

14

15

4

0

3

9

2-3

6

14

.268

2008

13/13

44

10

16

4

0

2

7

6-6

3

11

.364

2009

53/53

205

60

80

17

1

17

59

17-22

28

28

.390

2010

51/51

182

49

59

18

0

12

49

8-9

46

47

.324

Career

189/148

563

156

193

47

2

36

132

36-45

96

113

.343

 

Year

G/GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

ERA

SO

BB

W

L

S

2009

2/0

0

0

2.0

3

2

2

9.00

0

2

0

0

0

Career

2/0

0

0

2.0

3

2

2

9.00

0

2

0

0

0