33 - Matt Dalton Height: 6-4
    Weight: 200
    Hometown: Monroeville, Pa.
    Bat/Throw: R/R
    Position: Pitcher photo         Made quite an impact last year in his first season as the Hokies' closer ... Saved nine games and held opponents to a combined .208 batting average ... Earned the role after changing his pitching motion ... Began throwing with a submarine delivery during 2002 fall practice ... Picked up exceptional sink on his fastball, which helps him get ground balls ... Coaxed 44 groundouts last season compared to 13 fly outs ... Loves to compete, but maintains a calm demeanor on the mound ... Allowed just two extra base hits all season, both in the same game ... Was at his best in BIG EAST games ... Is a key figure in Tech's hopes for the 2003 season ...

    2001-02: Made a team-high 27 appearances as the Hokies' closer ... Compiled a 2-2 record and nine saves ... Posted a 3.45 earned run average, second best on the team ... Struck out 25 batters and walked 10 in 28.2 innings of work ... Held opposing hitters to a .208 batting average ... Allowed runs in just seven games and earned runs in only five outings ... Five of the 11 earned runs he allowed came in a loss to LeMoyne ... Gave up just two earned runs in his next 14 appearances after that outing ... Was 2-0 with five saves and a 1.46 earned run average in BIG EAST games ...

    2000-01: Transferred to Tech from Case Western ... Saw action in six games, all in relief ... Worked a season-high 2.2 innings at Seton Hall, striking out two batters ... Retired all five batters he faced in 1.2 innings of relief against Wake Forest ... Contributed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in a win over St. John's ... Did not allow an earned run in two innings versus Virginia Commonwealth ... Pitched a total of just 7.1 innings with no decisions ... Gave up four earned runs in his first Tech outing, then allowed a combined total of just four in his last five appearances ...

    Case Western: Attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1998-99 school year and the fall of 1999 ... Played baseball for Coach Jerry Seimon during the 1999 season ... Turned in a 4-4 pitching mark with 49 strikeouts ... Also contributed a .313 average at the plate ... Did not attend school in the spring of 2000 ...

    High School: Lettered two seasons as a pitcher and center fielder for Coach Ralph Guzzo at Gateway Senior High ... Was named the team MVP as a junior and senior ... Posted a 3-4 record on the mound as a senior with 56 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched ... Also carried a .511 batting average ... Named all-section ... Selected to the East Pittsburgh All-Star team ... Batted .320 as a junior ... Finished with a 3-4 pitching mark and 2.86 earned run average ...

    Personal: Matthew Michael Dalton ... Born 9/21/79 in Pittsburgh, PA ... Son of Linda Dalton and Michael Dalton ... Majoring in civil engineering.

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