College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 35 with South Carolina redshirt junior RHP Matt Price. The Sumter, South Carolina native attended Sumter High School where he had a solid senior year going 7-4 with a 0.40 ERA. He was listed by Baseball America as No. 3 best high school draft prospect out of state of South Carolina for 2008 as well as the No. 20 best overall draft prospect for the state of South Carolina.
He had his freshman season (2009) cut short with a broken wrist suffered against The Citadel on March 31st. He finished the season with a record of 1-1 in seven appearances (one start) while collecting an ERA of 4.05 in 20 innings pitched.
As a redshirt freshman in 2010, he served as the team’s closer appearing in 31 games going 5-1 including ten saves with a 2.26 ERA in 55.2 innings pitched. Price was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He was also named second-team All-SEC honors and SEC All-Freshman Team.
Price had an even better sophomore season going 7-3 with an ERA of 1.83 along with 20 saves in 59.0 innings pitched. Opponents struggled against him with a .213 average and striking out 75 times. He was named an All-American honors by Baseball America, CollegeBaseballInsider.com and the NCBWA. He was a finalist for 2011 NCBWA Stopper of the Year award and first-team All-SEC honors as a relief pitcher and College World Series All-Tournament Team.
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