An experienced player who is expected to provide some much-needed leadership on a young team ... Has held down the starting second base duties for the past three seasons ... Fielded .972 with just seven errors in 2007 and has a career fielding mark of .962 ... Is coming off an outstanding fall ... Spent some time at third base and could end up seeing action there as a senior ... Led the team in triples and was second in stolen bases last season ... Has been working to cut down on his strikeouts ... Possesses the ability to be a good offensive player ... Showed his versatility by starting at three different positions during Tech's first nine games of the 2005 season ... Coaches look for him to have an outstanding senior year.
2006-07: Started 52 games at second base, fielding .972 with just seven errors ... Batted .245 with 23 runs batted in and 36 runs scored ... Topped the team with four triples ... Also had four doubles and three home runs ... Second on the team in steals with nine in 13 tries ... Picked up two hits against Pitt ... Drove in a pair of runs versus Coastal ... Had a two-hit game against Albany with a run scored ... Tripled and homered in a win over The Citadel ... Also had two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases in that game ... Made a leaping grab of a line drive against UNCA and turned it into a key double play ... Also hit a sacrifice fly that broke a tie in the 10th inning ... Singled, walked twice and scored two runs in game three against A&T ... Had a triple and a double at Liberty ... Drove in two runs against Marist ... Contributed two hits in both game one and game three at NC State ... Tripled in game two against the 'Pack ... Picked up just one hit in 10 trips to the plate against UNC ... Was 1-for-3 in the first Virginia game ... Drove in a run and scored two against VMI ... Had two hits, two RBIs and two steals versus Richmond ... Drove in a run in game two at FSU ... Drove in a pair of runs in the Miami series ... Tripled against JMU ... Was 4-for-10 with three runs scored and two batted in at BC ... Hit a solo homer in game three ... Had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in a win over Liberty ... Hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games ... Picked up three hits and scored two runs in the second game with Wake Forest ... Added a solo home run in the final contest against the Deacs.
2005-06: Saw starting time at both second base and shortstop ... Batted .296 with 31 runs driven in and 44 runs scored ... Carried a .960 fielding mark for the season ... Hit a solo home run in the season-opening game at Campbell ... Had a hit and two runs scored in the second game ... Was 3-for-5 with a double and triple in first Towson game ... Picked up another triple in game three with the Tigers ... Posted three hits and scored two runs in win at Richmond ... Doubled, drove in a run and scored a run in second Miami game ... Had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI in home loss to JMU ... Had a big series against No. 1 FSU, going 8-for-12 (.667) with five RBIs ... Had three hits in final game against BC ... Picked up just one hit in the WFU series ... Bounced back with three hits and four RBIs at Radford ... Drove in three runs in win against Georgia Tech ... Hit a home run in game two versus GT ... Scored two runs and drove in one against Marshall ... Had two hits and two RBIs in win over Duke ... Had two hits and a stolen base in game three at Clemson ... Hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs during loss to Campbell ... Drove in a run and scored a run in win over NC State ... Was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in home loss to Charlotte ... Went 5-for-12 during season ending three-game series at Virginia.
2004-05: Started the second game against High Point at shortstop and had eight assists, one shy of the school record for the position ... Had his first two-hit game in the second FSU outing ... Hit his first collegiate home run in the second game against N.C. State ... Had three hits and drove in four runs at VCU ... Had a nine-game hitting streak ended at Richmond ... Was 4-for-4 in a home win against VCU ... Posted a triple, home run and three RBIs in win over Radford ... Had five hits and three RBIs in series at Duke ... Drove in two runs in win over Clemson ... Had two hits, two runs and two RBIs in back-to-back games against William & Mary and Wake Forest ... Posted a three-hit game with a triple in the second game with WFU ... Had 11 hits in his last 31 at bats (.355) ... Finished the season batting .297 overall and .326 in ACC games ... Played in 46 games, with 35 starts at second, five starts at third and two starts at shortstop ... Posted nine doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs ... Drove in 22 runs and scored 30 ... His 20 strikeouts were the fewest among starters ... So were his nine walks ... Was successful on six of seven steal attempts ... Finished with a .950 overall fielding average.
High School: A four-year letterman at shortstop for Coach Will Hicks at John Randolph Tucker High School ... Baseball captain his junior and senior year ... Hit .544 his senior season and posted a .660 on-base percentage ... Drove in 20 runs and stole seven bases ... Won the 2004 VIAAA (Athletic Director's) Central Leadership Award and was named the team MVP ... As a junior carried a .545 batting average and scored 18 runs ... Contributed 12 RBIs and 10 steals ... Also named to the Richmond Times Dispatch All-Metro team twice ... Hit .363 his sophomore season with eight doubles, 21 runs scored and nine steals ... Helped his team to a regional title and a spot in the state championship game in 2002 ... A three-year letterman in football ... Volunteered in the special education department all four years at Tucker ... Won the 2004 Tucker High School Faculty Award.
Personal: Matthew Blake Hacker ... Born 1/5/86 in Temple, TX ... Son of Jim and Pam Hacker ... His dad was an All-American third baseman at Texas A&M University and went on to play in the Atlanta Braves organization ... Enrolled in sociology.