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Matt Beaird
Matt  Beaird

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Johnson City, Tenn.

High School:
Science Hill HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205

Position:
C

Bats/Throws:
L/R


Earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) recognition for Fall 2014 and Dean’s List four times (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017) … Named to 2016-17 Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List for posting at least a 3.5 GPA for the academic year and the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for each of the academic years … Spanning the 2016 and ’17 seasons, Beaird has laid down 29 sacrifice bunts and, while he only has 40 RBI over the span, the runner he advanced scored 20 times … Entering his senior season, ranks ninth on the CCU all-time list for sacrifice bunts with 29.

2017 (Jr.): Played in 52 games, starting 41 … Ranked third in the NCAA (first in the Sun Belt) with 17 sacrifice bunts … Ended the season in fine fashion as he batted .311 (14-for-45) over his last 16 games of 2017 ... Had a hit in 12 of the 16 games … Specifically, in the final weekend series versus Appalachian State, he closed the season by going 2-for-6, hitting an RBI single in the opener and a two-run home run in the finale ... In that regular season finale, he laid down sac bunts (third and fifth innings) with Josh Crump coming around to score both times … Then, in the seventh inning and CCU up 2-1, he hit a two-run home run which proved to be the difference … Had a career weekend versus Arkansas State and was a Sun Belt Player of the Week candidate ... Batted .417 (5-for-12) with three runs, two home runs and seven RBI, 1 BB, SB … Entered that weekend with just 27 RBI in first 102 career games (seven for the weekend) and zero career home runs (two for the weekend) … In game one versus A-State, CCU only had four hits in 6.2 innings until Beaird hit his first career home run to give CCU 2-0 lead in eventual 5-0 win ... In game two, had a career-high five RBI and hit his second career home run – a three-run shot to give CCU 6-0 lead in the fourth … Added an RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings ... In game three, walked and scored what proved to be the game winner … Was the lone bright spot in 11-3 loss to James Madison, going 2-for-3 with a run scored … Hit a game-winning, two-run, walk-off single in 9-8 win over George Mason … Had CCU’s first hit — an RBI single in the seventh inning — of game two of Illinois doubleheader, a game CCU eventually won 6-0 … Even though he struck out in his only plate appearance as pinch hitter in game two vs. Louisiana, he reached first on that at bat by a wild pitch and eventually scored the game-winning run the 9-8, walk-off win … Was 2-for-5 with a double in the ULM opener and was 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI in game two … At UTA, was 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored in the opener and was 1-for-3 with a walk in game two.

2016 (So.): Played in 59 games, starting 46 and was the primary catcher for the season … Helped CCU rank fourth in the NCAA in sacrifice bunts as he laid down 12 sac bunts and the runner he advanced scored 11 times with the lone exception coming in the loss to TCU in CCU’s game two of the College World Series … Only batted .208 for the season and but his defensive role was unmeasurable ... In fact, when CCU pitching coach Drew Thomas had to miss the South Carolina game, Beaird called the complete game in a 4-2 loss ... Only made three errors and went gone error-free in his final 35 games … Threw out 12 base stealers and team only attempted to steal 32 times with Beaird behind the plate … Reached base 33.3 percent of the time (9-of-27 opportunities) when leading off an inning and eight of his 18 RBI came with 2 outs … Was called on to sac bunt versus Marshall, but ended up getting a bunt single and scored to help CCU’s rally in the win … Was 1-for-2 with two RBI, two runs scored and two walks in the Wake Forest win ... His two-run single in the 7th gave CCU a 7-2 lead and proved to be the game winner as WFU scored four in the ninth in CCU’s 7-6 win … Drove in the game winner with a sac fly in the sixth inning at UNC Wilmington (Mar. 16) … Went 2-for-3 in games one and two of the Gardner-Webb series with two RBI in game one and two runs scored in game two … Played a key role in the win over College of Charleston as he was 1-for-1 with a RBI and a safety squeeze RBI ... Also walked and scored ... On defense, picked off a runner on first and threw out a base stealer … In CCU’s other win over CofC, was 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored … Although he was 1-for-3 with a double in game two of Campbell series, it was his sac bunt in the ninth that led CCU to the victory ... On the bunt, Campbell tried to throw out Seth Lancaster at third but it was late and errant, allowing Lancaster to score for 6-5 walk-off win … At NCAA Regional, walked and scored versus Saint Mary’s ... Was 1-for-2 with a walk in CCU’s 4-0 win over NC State ... Had an RBI ground out to give CCU a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning in the “if necessary” win over NC State … At Baton Rouge Super regional: Started game one and executed a safety squeeze to record CCU’s 11th run … At the College World Series, played in three games, starting two and was 1-for-5 with a walk and sac bunt.

2015 (Fr.): Played in 22 games with seven starts, including the 2015 Big South Championship game and all three CCU games at the NCAA College Station Regional … Only made one error in 96 attempts … Was penciled into the starting lineup of the Big South Championship just minutes before first pitch due to an injury to Casey Schroeder and delivered an RBI single to give CCU a 4-0 lead … Had an RBI single in his lone at bat in a win over Winthrop (Mar. 27) … In his collegiate debut, went 1-for-1 with a run scored versus Canisius (Feb. 16) … Was 1-for-1 with a stolen base in game one of a doubleheader at Presbyterian … In a start versus Albany, was 0-for-5, but delivered an RBI and scored a run … In a win at High Point (Apr. 13), was hit by a pitch and later scored.

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Named to the Johnson City Press Super 22 … Batted .329 while driving in 21 runs … As a junior, batted .261 with two doubles and 14 RBI.



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