Wake Forest baseball defeated Maryland 6-4 on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Walter on Conway
"Along with Charlie Morgan, Matt is the other key to our season. When he is going well he is as good a hitter as there is in the league. He should be a double digit home run and 60+ RBI guy for us. His role on the mound is yet to be determined but could be significant."
2014 (Redshirt Senior)
Had a solid final season for Wake Forest as a redshirt senior ... Moved up on the career lists at Wake Forest as he is fourth all-time in doubles with 63 ... Recorded his 200th career hit against Boston College (March 25) ... Started 55 games in 2014 and had 65 hits and 33 RBIs ... Tallied four home runs and 11 doubles along with 23 runs ... Had a slugging percentage of .396 ... Walked 19 times and stole three bases ... Started every game at first base except for three when he was the designated hitter ... Collected two hits in the season opener against Towson (Feb. 15) .... Had his first RBI of the season against Marshall (Feb. 17) ... Had three hits in seven different games ... Went 3-for-4 against Radford (Feb. 23) ... Had four RBIs and a homer against Saint Peter's (March 2) ... Went 3-for-6 with three doubles, tying a school record in a win over Georgia Tech (March 8) ... Hit two homers and had four RBIs in the Friday night win over Maryland (April 4) ... Tallied two crucial RBIs in the Monday night win at NC State (May 12) ... Made his only appearance on the mound at UNC Asheville (May 13) Registered two hits and an RBI against Georgia Tech (May 20) in the ACC Championship play-in game ... Selected to the ACC All-Academic Team.
2013 (Redshirt Junior)
Made 47 starts as a position player at first base and made 11 appearances, including seven starts, on the mound ... Was named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List.
Hitting: Led Wake Forest in several offensive categories, including doubles (18), total bases (90) and slugging percentage (.479) ... Was also second on the team with a .335 batting average and second with 63 hits ... Also had three homers and was second on the team with 36 RBIs ... Already moved into Wake Forest's Top 10 with 52 career doubles through the 2013 season ... Was second on the team with 18 multi-hit games, including three-hit games vs. Alcorn State (Feb. 16), vs. North Carolina (Mar. 9), vs. NC State (Mar. 16), at High Point (Apr. 9), at Clemson (Apr. 14) and at Florida State (Apr. 26) ... Hit one home run at Charlotte (Mar. 5), vs. Rhode Island (Mar. 12) and at Winthrop (Apr. 23) ... Had eight multi-RBI games ... Turned in a team-best 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 15 - Mar. 5 ... Smacked a walk-off single in a win over Miami on May 11 ... Recorded at least one hit in 39 of the 47 games in which he played offense.
Pitching: Pitched 45.2 innings and struck out 38 batters while walking only 12 ... Made seven starts for the Demon Deacons, all in midweek games ... Struck out five batters in 3.0 innings in his season debut vs. Alcorn State (Feb. 16) ... Made his first start of the season at Charlotte (Mar. 5), going 4.1 innings and striking out three without giving up an earned run ... Turned in his best outing of the season in a start vs. Western Carolina (Mar. 26), pitching 7.0 innings, striking out six batters and giving up just one earned run ... Ended the year with a 2-1 record.
2012 (Junior) Started the first two games of the season at New Mexico State before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Aggies ... Scored a run, recorded an RBI and drew two walks before being sidelined.
2011 (Sophomore) Played and started 53 games at first base for Wake Forest ... Was one of Wake Forest's top run producers with 38 RBIs and six home runs on the season ... Led the team with 16 doubles and was second on the team with 50 hits ... Had a .256 batting average and a .431 slugging percentage ... Was the most difficult Wake Forest starter for opponent's to strike out on the season with just 33 on the year ... Turned in a perfect 4-for-4 performance in stolen base attempts ... By recording at least one hit in his first two games of the season at LSU, he extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 consecutive games ... Also turned in the longest streak during the 2011 season, recording a hit in 15 straight games from April 22 to May 21 ... Recorded his first-career multi-home run game with a pair of long balls vs. UNC Greensboro on March 1 ... He followed that performance in the next game with another bomb against Fordham on March 4 ... Was rewarded for his efforts by being named the ACC Player of the Week on March 7 after going 7-for-14 with three homers, two doubles, eight RBIs, four runs scored and a 1.286 slugging percentage ... He was the first Deac to earn the award since Willy Fox did so on March 12, 2007 ... Tallied his 100th hit as a Demon Deacon on May 11 vs. East Carolina ... Turned in 11 multi-hit games on the year, including a pair of three-hit games ... Helped Wake Forest take the series from North Carolina with a game-tying, three-run bomb and the go-ahead single in the series finale on March 13.
2010 (Freshman) Batting: Hit a team-best .382 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 44 games ... Finished the regular season third in the ACC in batting average ... Closed the year on an 18-game hitting streak ... Ranks third for batting average by a freshman in Wake Forest history ... Made collegiate debut against Dayton (2.21) and went 1-for-2 with a run scored ... Earned first career start against Coastal Carolina (2.23), going 0-for-1 with a walk ... Drove in first collegiate run in series finale against Kent State (2.28) ... Went 3-for-4 in series against Xavier, including a 2-for-3 performance with two runs scored and an RBI in series finale ... Had two hits with an RBI and a run scored in series finale at Georgia Tech (3.14) ... Recorded two hits with a run scored against Gardner-Webb (3.17) ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in series finale against NC State (3.21) ... Hit .375 (3-for-8) in series at Virginia Tech, including a 2-for-3 performance in series finale ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three walks in midweek games against Charlotte and Elon ... Hit first collegiate home run, drove in a career-high four runs, and stole first base of collegiate career while going 2-for-2 at the plate in an 8-7 win against High Point (4.7) ... Posted a .300 batting average in series against Florida State with three RBIs ... Had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in series finale at Boston College (4.18) ... Hit .375 in midweek games against Charlotte and UNC Greensboro ... Went 7-for-13 (.538) in series against Duke with a home run, two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored ... Batted .364 (4-for-11) in series at North Carolina with a home run and two RBIs ... Had career-high four hits, including three doubles, and drove in career-high six runs at UNC Greensboro (5.12) ... Hit .417 (5-for-12) in series against Clemson with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored ... Had two hits, including fifth homer of the season, and drove in three runs against Appalachian State (5.18) ... Hit .571 (8-for-14) in series against Maryland with a homer and two RBIs. Pitching: Finished the season with a 1-0 record and a 6.57 ERA in seven appearances ... Turned in an impressive outing in collegiate pitching debut against Kent State (2.27), earning the win, while tossing 3.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four ... Picked up first collegiate save against Xavier (3.5), throwing three perfect innings and striking out one. ... Retired the only batter he faced in outing against High Point (3.24) ... Returned to the mound for the first time March 24 and threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout against Appalachian State (5.18).
Four-year letterwinner at Brother Rice High School ... Played in the 2009 East-West All-Star Game and hit a home run ... Selected to The Detroit News All-Star Team in the Greater Detroit area ... Named All-State Tournament Team and All-Catholic First Team ... One of only 23 players in Michigan named to the State of Michigan Dream Team ... Winning pitcher in Division 1 state championship game for Brother Rice High School his junior season ... Started, completed and won four of the seven state playoff games ... Participated in the Perfect Game National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. ... Led high school team in eight of 10 applicable hitting statistics and led the team in pitching with an 11-1 record during his junior year ... Also played football and tennis while in high school.
Born on September 19, 1990 ... Son of Van and Sue Conway ... Finance major.