South Carolina senior outfielder Adam Matthews has been selected in the 29th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Matthews was the No. 892 overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Matthews is the fifth current Gamecock player to be drafted this year. The Baltimore Orioles earlier selected Christian Walker (fourth round) and Matt Price (seventh round) with the Arizona Diamondbacks taking Evan Marzilli (eighth round) and the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim choosing Michael Roth (ninth round).
Matthews serves as captain along with Price and Roth. Matthews was named 2012 Columbia Regional MVP after hitting .385 with a homer, four runs scored and six RBI last weekend. Matthews had three RBI in the 7-0 win over Manhattan, hit a two-run homer in the 5-4 win over Clemson and tallied a RBI single in the 4-3 victory over the Tigers. He is hitting .241 (47-for-195) on the year with five homers and 25 RBI.
MATTHEWS' CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2012 – Captain ... NCAA Regional MVP and All-Tournament Team after hitting .385 with a homer, four runs scored and six RBI in Columbia Regional ... RBI single and a run scored in the 4-3 win over Clemson in the NCAA Regional (6/3) ... 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the 5-4 win over Clemson in the NCAA Regional (6/2) ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI in 7-0 win over Manhattan in the NCAA Regional (6/1) ... 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in 5-3 win over Auburn at SEC Tournament (5/24) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI in 3-2 loss to LSU (5/19) ... 3-for-4 with a RBI double and two stolen bases in 5-4 win over LSU (5/18) ... Threw out two runners at home plate trying to score, had a RBI single and a sacrifice in the 10-7 win at Arkansas (5/6) ... Solo home run in 12-11 win over Alabama (4/27) ... Game-winning solo home run in 1-0 win over Alabama (4/27) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI in 6-4 win over Mississippi State (4/15) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI single in 6-1 win over Tennessee (4/8) ... 1-for-3 with a RBI in 2-1 win over Tennessee (4/7) ... 1-for-3 with a run scored in the 8-3 win at Vanderbilt (3/30) ... 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in the 9-3 win over Florida (3/22) ... 2-for-4 in 6-3 loss at Kentucky (3/18) ... 5-for-12 (.417) for the Clemson series to earn the Tom Price Award as MVP for the Gamecocks ... 2-for-4 with a run scored in the 6-5 loss at Clemson (3/4) ... 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in the 9-6 win over Clemson (3/3)1-for-4 with a run scored in the 3-2 win over Clemson in Charleston (3/2) 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in 13-1 win over VMI (2/18).
2011 – 2011 MLB Draft Selection (23rd round/Baltimore Orioles) ... Played in 34 games with 29 starts; hit .264 (29-for-110) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 14 RBI and 26 runs scored ... Scored winning run in 3-2 win over Virginia in 13 innings at College World Series (6/24) ... Hampered second half of the season by hamstring injury ... A pair of hits and a RBI in 3-1 win vs. Vanderbilt (4/15) ... 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in 4-3 win over Florida (3/27) ... 3-for-6 with three runs scored, a pair of homer and career-high eight RBI in the 24-4 win over College of Charleston (3/22) ... 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI in 8-3 win over Georgia (3/20) ... 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in the 2-1 win over Georgia (3/19) ... 2-for-3 in 8-4 win over Wofford (3/16) ... 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in 4-0 win over Southern Illinois (2/26) ... 4-for-10 in the Santa Clara series with a team-high five runs scored, also had an assist from the outfield ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored in 6-0 win over Santa Clara (2/20) ... 1-for-2 and tied career-high with three runs scored in 12-5 win over Santa Clara (2/18) ... Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2010 – 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in 10-9 win over Coastal Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/13) ... 2-for-3 with two runs scored in 9-5 win over Bucknell in NCAA Regional (6/4) ... Seven hits including a pair of homers in the Florida series ... 3-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs scored, two RBI in 11-6 win over Florida (5/22) ... 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored in 5-2 loss to Florida (5/21) ... 3-for-5 with a homer, RBI and two runs scored in 10-2 win over Charleston Southern (5/12) ... 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in 13-9 win at Kentucky (5/7) ... 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI in 20-15 win over Alabama (5/2) ... Homered and drove in two runs in 11-4 win over Georgia (4/23) ... Hit a solo home run in 5-4 loss to Ole Miss (4/18) ... 2-for-4 in 9-5 win over Ole MIss (4/17) ... 2-for-3 with a double in 3-2 win at Vanderbilt (4/9) ... 3-for-3 with a run scored and a three-run homer in 11-5 win at Auburn (3/26) ... 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in 8-5 win at Georgia Southern (3/23) ... 2-for-3 with a double in 6-5 win over Brown (3/14) ... 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored in 10-7 win over Brown (3/13) ... 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in 8-4 win over Brown (3/13) ... 1-for-4 with a two-run triple in 4-3 loss at East Carolina (2/27) ... 2-for-5 in 6-2 win at East Carolina (2/26) ... Key solo home run and two RBI in 5-3 win over Duquesne (2/21) ... 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI in 10-3 win over Duquesne (2/19).
2009 – 4-for-5 with a pair of homers, two RBI and three runs scored in 12-2 win over East Carolina in NCAA Regional (5/30) ... Three-run homer in 9-5 win over Alabama at SEC Tournament (5/20) ... 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a homer in 20-6 win over College of Charleston (4/14) ... Key pinch-hit single to start up rally in ninth inning of 7-6 win over Clemson (4/7) ... 2-for-2 with a run scored, two RBI and an inside the park home run in 9-1 win over Arkansas (4/4) ... Pinch-hit double in 15-0 win at Furman (3/18) ... Doubled, had one run scored and one RBI in 6-0 win vs. Davidson (3/17) ... First career triple in 15-8 win over Long Beach State (3/6) ... First career start vs. Charleston Southern (3/4), went 1-for-3 with a run scored ... Made first appearance in season opener vs. Duquesne (2/21), walked in only plate appearance.