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Matt McFolling

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Oak Park River Forest

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185

Position:
Left Field/Designated Hitter

Birthdate:
06/12/1987

Bats/Throws:
Left/Left

Career: Played in 112 games with 64 starts ... Career .240 (63-263) batter with a .365 on-base percentage and .388 slugging percentage ... Has 42 runs scored and 47 RBI while collecting 13 doubles, one triple and eight home runs ... The eight career homers are the most among the returning players to the Wildcats this season ... Has walked 36 times, been hit by a pitch 17 times and struck out 73 times in his career ... Four stolen bases in eight attempts ... Career .976 fielding percentage (117 putouts, six assists, three errors).

2008: Appeared in 45 games with 25 starts, playing in the corner outfield positions and as the designated hitter ... Batted .229 (24-105) with a .352 on-base percentage and .438 slugging percentage ... Hit eight doubles, one triple and four home runs while scoring 17 times and driving in 24 runs ... Drew 13 walks and was hit by a pitch eight times to rank fourth on the team ... Struck out 24 times ... Stole two bases in three tries ... Played good defense with a .981 fielding percentage, making one error in 52 chances ... Batted .318 with a .727 slugging percentage through the season's first six games, in which he batted safely in five of six contests ... Belted two home runs, a double and a triple in that stretch and drove in 10 ... His two-run pinch-hit single against St. John's on May 17 as Villanova completed a rally from seven runs down in the last inning to eventually win 8-7 and clinch its second straight playoff berth ... Had a career-high four hits at Penn on April 8, including two doubles and a home run ... Finished the day 4-for-5 with three runs and five RBI.

2007: Played in 43 games with 26 starts ... Made 25 starts in left field and one as the designated hitter ... Batted .223 (25-for-112) with three home runs and 15 RBI ... Compiled a .351 on-base percentage and .321 slugging percentage ... Scored 17 runs, hit two doubles and collected 14 walks and was hit by a pitch eight times ... Stole two bases and made just one error in 49 chances (.980 fielding percentage) ... Hit .288 with runners on base and .282 with men in scoring position ... Appeared in 17 BIG EAST games with six starts, hitting .194 with a .256 on-base percentage ... Hit .273 with three home runs and 11 RBI through the first eight games of the season, including a grand slam against Mount St. Mary's and three-run blasts against Norfolk State and Alabama ... His three-run shot in the series opener against the Crimson Tide propelled Villanova to a 6-1 victory.

2006: Showed the ability to be an impact hitter in the lineup ... Appeared in 24 games with 13 starts, with nine of the starts coming over the final five weeks of the season ... Batted .304 (14-for-46) overall with a .429 on-base percentage and .435 slugging percentage ... Reached base safely in 11 of his 13 starts ... Had an 11-game stretch midway through the season in which he batted .522 (12-for-23) ... Put together a 10-game hitting streak during which he batted .500 (13-for-26) ... Began the streak and twice extended it with pinch-hit appearances in which he had a hit in his only at-bat of the game ... Had eight runs scored and eight RBI ... Collected three doubles and one home run ... Tallied nine walks and 13 strikeouts ... Hit .370 with runners on base and .400 with runners in scoring position ... Was the team's third-leading hitter in Big East games, batting .304 against conference pitching.

Oak Park River Forest High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Selected to the Coaches' All-State team and was an All-Conference choice ... Honorable Mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... Academic All-Conference honoree and member of the Dean's List.

Personal: Born 6/12/87 in Chicago, Ill. ... Older of two sons of Guy and Sandy McFolling ... Has a younger brother Michael (17) ... Chose Villanova because it has a good baseball team and strong academic reputation ... Communications major.

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