Pioneer Focus: Matt Anderson


PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to senior baseball player Matt Anderson for his leadership and efforts last week during baseball’s annual spring break trip to Phoenix, Arizona.

The first baseman from Jackson helped lead the Pioneers to a 6-9 record overall last week at the RussMatt Greater Phoenix Invitational.

Overall at the plate, Anderson recorded a .356 average with 10 runs scored, four walks and five strikeouts. He was also tied for second on the team with seven runs batted in. In the field he was superb as well, going the duration of the tournament without an error as he recorded 71 putouts.

Some of Anderson’s most notable performances came from a 9-2 victory in game two of a doubleheader against Northwestern College on March 5 and in a 15-14 loss to Bemedji State University on March 6.

In the win against Northwestern Anderson went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in. In the 15-14 loss against Bemedji he had a superlative performance as he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in.

Senior first baseman Matt Anderson holds the Walsh University base runner at first in a doubleheader at Thurman Munson Stadium on March 25, 2011. In the two victories last spring, Anderson went a combined 1-for-5 with two runs scored. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Get to know communication arts major Matt Anderson…

Q: Favorite food?

A: Chipotle

Q: Love, like or hate the Tribe?

A: Love the Tribe

Q: Favorite baseball player?

A: Jim Thome 

Q: Something most people don’t know about you?

A: I’ve met Machine Gun Kelly and I’m not ticklish.

Q: Biggest superstition?

A: Eye blacking guys on the team in the order of: Marc Adams, T.J. Rosenberg, Sam Craciun, Bob Suitca, Logan Gray, and then Marc [Adams] puts the eye black on me. I also wear socks under my game pants and I do the same batting routine before every at bat and after each pitch.

Q: How and who started you in baseball?

A:  I started playing baseball as soon as I was strong enough to hold a bat and my dad started me in the sport.

Q: Favorite fast food outlet?

A: Wendy’s

Q: Best and worst part of college athletics? 

A: Best part is the camaraderie you build with your teammates and how close of friends you become with different guys on the team. The worst part is waking up at 4:30 a.m. for six weeks for 5:00 a.m. practices.

Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?

A: Visitation is my least favorite rule. At the age of 18 I have to leave my residence on campus to see a female? It is my least, especially when you’re trying to study for an exam.

Q: Facebook or Twitter? 

A: Twitter

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Hopefully working in one of the Carolinas as a sports journalist while giving baseball lessons to the youth and coaching.

Chris Sherwood is sports editor for The Aviso AVW.


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