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Fernandina Beach HS

2001 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team

Former Florida player who transferred to LSU in the fall of 2000 and played as the Tigers’ starting catcher during the 2001 season … projects as an outfielder/DH for the 2002 campaign. 

2001 Season: Appeared in 62 games (57 starts) as the Tigers’ No. 1 catcher, batting .293 (60-for-205) with 10 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 47 RBI, 51 runs and 12 stolen bases … produced five homers, five doubles and 15 RBI in SEC regular-season games … 2-for-12 in the NCAA Super Regional vs. Tulane … hit .385 (5-for-13) in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with three RBI and four runs scored … named to the SEC all-tournament team after hitting a team-best .467 (7-for-15) with one double, one triple, one homer and six RBI … hit .350 (14-for-40) for the entire post-season with one double, one triple, one homer and nine RBI … 3-for-4 with one homer, one triple and three RBI in SEC Tournament win vs. Florida (May 16) … 4-for-4, including a grand slam, with four RBI at New Orleans (May 1) … collected a career-high five RBI at Arizona State (March 2), as he went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and a double … homered in three straight games (April 28 and 29 at Alabama, May 1 at New Orleans) … compiled a 10-game hitting streak from May 16 through June 2; the streak was broken in LSU’s final game of the season June 3 vs. Tulane in the NCAA Super Regional. 

At Florida: Played in nine games in an injury-shortened 2000 season, batting .333 (3-for-9) with one double, one triple, two RBI and two runs … in 1999, he saw action in 34 games with 23 starts … made 15 starts at catcher, four at DH and four at first base … batted .281 with four homers, seven doubles and 18 RBI … batted .432 with runners on base and .393 with runners in scoring position. 

High School: Played at Fernandina Beach High School, where he batted .453 as a senior with five homers, eight doubles, four triples, 38 RBI and 18 stolen bases … the 1997 Florida Times-Union Player of the Year and the 1997 Florida Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year … also earned 1997 all-state honors … a member of the National Honor Society. 

Personal: Full name is Matthew Browning Heath … parents are Robert and Nann Heath … majoring in general studies … born March 21, 1979.

Heath’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 5 (several times)
Hits: 4 (two times)
Runs Scored: 4 at Arizona State (3/2/01)
Doubles: 1 (several times)
Triples: 1 at UL-Monroe (4/26/01)
Home Runs: 1 (several times)
RBI: 5 at Arizona State (3/2/01)
Stolen Bases: 1 (several times)

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