Has a chance to have a great year ... Enters his senior season in the best shape of his collegiate career ... Will be looked to for senior leadership behind the plate ... Missed the second half of fall practice following wrist surgery ... Hokies need him to stay healthy ... Is a good receiver who can throw out base runners ... Should be better at blocking balls after losing weight ... Hasn't hit for a high average, but makes contact ... Struck out just 12 times last season and has just 47 strikeouts for his Tech career in 483 at bats ... Has started 72 games behind the plate during his time at Tech ... Was one of only two players to see action in every game in 2005 ... Picked up spots at four different positions as a freshman in 2004 ... Only caught two games that season, while working behind two veteran catchers ... Also saw starting time in left field, right field and as a designated hitter that season to get his bat in the lineup ... His leadership and ability to handle the pitching staff will be important to the Hokies' success.
2005-06: Started behind the plate in 29 games and at DH in seven ... Went 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and one run batted in at Campbell in game two ... Was 1-for-3 in the first Towson game with a run scored ... Was 1-for-2 in last Miami game ... Went 2-for-3 with a run batted in during win over No. 1 FSU ... Walked three times and drove in two runs in game one against Boston College ... Had two hits and two RBIs in win over Richmond ... Was 1-for-1 with two sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice fly against VMI ... Was 4-for-5 at the plate with two walks during UNC series ... Scored on a double steal in game three ... Drove in two runs in win over Marshall ... Had two hits and scored a run in game two at Clemson ... Tripled and scored in game three ... Went 4-for-4 with a home run in win over Liberty ... Picked up an RBI in game two against NC State, but also suffered a wrist injury, which caused him to miss the final four games of the season.
2004-05: Started 48 games, 41 behind the plate and seven as the designated hitter ... Batted .261 for the season with 26 runs batted in ... Contributed nine doubles and a pair of triples, but did not have a home run ... Got off to a fast start with a .364 batting average after six games ... Contributed two hits, a run and a run batted in against Navy ... Was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs in 10-inning win at High Point ... Went 5-for-8 during first two games at FSU ... Drove in three runs with two hits and a sacrifice fly at VCU... Picked up his first career triple in win against Marshall and added another versus Richmond ... Was 3-for-3 with four runs scored against UR ... Drove in the winning run in the final game against WFU with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning.
2003-04: Played in 51 games, starting all but one ... Got 29 starts in left field, 16 at designated hitter, four in right field and two behind the plate ... Hit safely in nine of his first 10 games ... Kept his average above .300 until his final 12 games before finishing with a .276 season average ... Drove in 25 runs and scored 26 ... Collected seven doubles and a pair of home runs, including a walk-off against Towson ... Went 4-for-4 in a win at West Virginia with five runs batted in and two runs scored ... Helped Tech defeat No. 6 Notre Dame by driving in three runs with three hits, including a double and homer ... Also turned in a three-hit game at Pittsburgh ... Knocked in three runs with three hits during a two-game sweep of Connecticut ... Struck out just 13 times in 185 at bats.
High School: A two-time first-team pick on The Washington Post's All-Metro Team ... Was named the Post's Player of the Year as a senior ... A four-year varsity starter behind the plate for Coach Mark Gjormand at James Madison High ... Posted a career batting average of .485 and struck out just 10 times in 350 career at bats ... Hit .498 and set school season records for home runs (7) and walks (21) ... Drove in 34 runs ... Named district and region player of the year ... Earned first-team all-state honors ... Set a school record with a .540 batting average his junior season and added season records for doubles (11) and RBIs (38) ... Helped team to a 29-0 record and a state title ... Led the district in hitting three straight seasons, earning first team all-district honors each year ... Lettered two years as a quarterback and punter on the football team.
Personal: Matthew P. Foley ... Born 10/2/84 in Fairfax, VA ... Son of Paul and Jill Foley ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.