|Ht./Wt.:||6-3, 210 lbs|
|Hometown:||Virginia Beach, VA|
|High School:||Norfolk Academy|
|Years:||2018 - 2020|
Utility player who has seen action in the outfield and as the designated hitter … a career .227 hitter with a .273 slugging percentage and .320 on-base percentage in 16 games (four starts) over two seasons … has a double, three RBIs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
2019: Hit .200 with a double, three RBIs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in nine games (two starts, including one in right field and one as the DH) … hit a pinch-hit, two-run double against College of Charleston on March 19 … played for Charlottesville in the Valley Baseball League in the summer, where he hit .227 with an RBI and four runs in eight games … played for Front Royal in the Valley Baseball League in the summer, where he hit .267 with two doubles, a homer, eight RBIs, 14 runs and four steals in 22 games.
2018: Hit .286 with a .375 on-base percentage and hit-by-pitch in seven games (two starts as the DH) … went 2-for-3 against Charleston Southern on March 13; was his first career start … No. 247 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 48 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Perfect Game … played for Orange County in the California Collegiate League in the summer, where he hit .241 in 28 games.
Before Clemson: Area Code Games participant as a senior … first-team all-state and all-conference selection as a senior … lettered five times in baseball at Norfolk Academy, where he was coached by Tim Lavigne.
Personal: Majoring in management … born Matthew Joseph Cooper on July 21, 1998 in Virginia Beach, Va.
• Favorite hobbies – Surfing, hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends
• Interesting fact about family/parents – His sister played volleyball at Randolph-Macon
• One fact that most people don’t know – Can play guitar
• Favorite food or candy – Seafood
• Proudest childhood accomplishment – Attaining a yellow belt in karate
• Ideal vacation spot – Virginia Beach, Va.
• Childhood hero – Superman
• One person, living or dead, to eat dinner with – Ryan Zimmerman
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide
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