Hughes says: “We threw Matt into a lot of situations last year. He was a freshman throwing primarily on the weekend. He probably wasn’t quite ready to do that, but we needed him to do that with the way our staff was. He’s got stuff that is as good as anybody's in our program. We think he’s improved on controlling the running game and being more consistent with the location of his fastball. He’s got to learn how to be consistent and compete and have positive results even when he doesn’t have his stuff. He should probably factor in as a weekend starter again for us.”
2010: Started vs. No. 12 Coastal Carolina and took the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks in four-plus innings of work ... Struck out five and threw three wild pitches against the Chanticleers ... Was held out of his second start with sinus problems ... Returned to start game four with Long Island and tossed six shutout innings to pick his first win of the season ... Allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out five ... Threw a career-high eight innings in a game-three start vs. Maryland to pick up his second win ... Allowed four runs on eight hits, two walks and six strikeouts ... Made two relief appearances in the Clemson series, totaling 4.2 innings of work ... Gave up one unearned run on one hit and three walks, while striking out four ... Tossed the first complete game of his career on March 27 vs. Wake Forest, striking out a career-high 10 batters to improve his record to 3-1 ... Scattered six hits and walk none ... Allowed just one run ... Picked up his fourth win in game two at FSU despite throwing seven wild pitches and walking five batters ... Gave up six runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings, while striking out five ... Struggled in a game-two start vs. No. 9 Miami, allowing season-highs of eight runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings to take the loss ... Walked one and struck out four ... Was tagged with the loss in game two at UVa after surrendering five runs on a season-high tying nine hits over 6.1 innings ... Walked two and struck out two in falling to 4-3 ... Struck out eight batters over seven innings spanning two days to help the Hokies clinch the series against No. 3 Georgia Tech ... In a game that started on Saturday, sat down nine of the first 10 batters he faced, including four strikeouts, before rain halted the game until Sunday ... Warmed back up and pitched four more innings, with four more strikeouts, to record his fifth win ... Scattered six hits and a walk in his seven innings of work, and combined with Joe Mantiply to become the first opponents to hold the Yellow Jackets without a home run in their last 18 games ... Tossed his second complete game of the season against BC on May 1, scattering six hits and striking out nine ... Stranded runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings before limiting the visitors to just one hit and two base runners over the final four innings ... Retired 11 of the last 12 men he faced, including seven by strikeouts ... Improved his season record to 7-3 by helping the Hokies to their seventh shutout of the season on May 9 with a 7-0 blanking of Savannah State ... Tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in the game, walking one and giving up just four hits ... Had a rough outing in game two with Duke, but got away with a no-decision ... Lasted just four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits ... Struck out three ... Turned in a solid effort in game two at UNC before coming away with a no-decision ... Threw six-plus innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk ... Of his 113 pitches, 79 went for strikes, and he fanned five batters ... Picked up a no-decision in a start vs. Clemson at the ACC Tournament ... Allowed six runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out six in 4.1 innings.
2009: Was thrown into the mix as a true freshman, making 13 appearances, nine of which were starts … Was a part of the weekend rotation for much of the season, going 3-4 with 53 strikeouts in 58.2 innings of work … Earned the win in his first career start, tossing six innings and striking out seven at USC Upstate on Feb. 22 … Struck out five in six innings of work at Duke on March 8, but was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits … Pitched four innings of relief on March 15 against No. 1 UNC, striking out five and surrendering just one unearned run … Pitched the Hokies to an upset of No. 3 GT on March 21, scattering nine hits and five runs (one earned) over 6.2 innings while fanning six batters and earning his second win … Struggled in a game-two start at NC State, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on six hits and six walks in 2.1 innings … Pitched five innings in game two with Wake Forest, striking out five and allowing six runs (five earned) … Earned his third win in game three at Maryland, allowing just three hits in six frames of work … He struck out six and was one of three pitchers who combined for Tech’s second shutout of the season … Started game three with Clemson and allowed six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work … Started game three at Miami and took the loss after allowing six runs in 4.2 innings … Followed that effort with three relief appearances, including an appearance in game two with Delaware State when he struck out five in four innings … Started the final game of the season against Virginia … Gave up six runs on a career-high 10 hits in 6.1 innings to take the loss.
High School: Enjoyed an outstanding career at The Walker School in Marietta, Ga., before being selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 34th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft … As a senior, led the county with 79 strikeouts in just 39.1 innings and had a 1.32 earned run average … Also batted .400 with 11 stolen bases and was named to the all-county and all-state teams … Went 7-3 as a junior with a Cobb County-best earned run average of 0.85 … Struck out 64 batters in 52 innings pitched in 2007, and was the team’s starting shortstop when not on the mound … Also was a part of the starting pitching rotation as a sophomore, and played 141 innings of errorless ball at second base when not on the mound … For two summers, was chosen as one of the top 20 players in Georgia to represent the state at the Sunbelt Classic in Norman, Okla., where Team Georgia won the tournament in 2007 … He tied the tournament record with 14 strikeouts in one game in 2008 … Also was a quarterback for two seasons in football.
Personal: Mathew Alexander Price … Born 7/8/89 … Son of Mike and Kelly Price … Enrolled in university studies.