Legacy Devils: Matt's father Randy Newman was a two-year letter winner (1981-82) for the Devils and was a member of the 1981 National Champions. The left hander went 15-2 with a 2.99 ERA, including an 8-0 1982 season. Newman was drafted in the 16th round by the Seattle Mariners in 1982...became the latest father-son combo to each appear in the College World Series when Matt played in 2009 and 2010...Matt is one of four Legacy Devils on the 2010 roster (Michael Benjamin, Tucker Esmay, Trever Allen).
2011 (Senior): Closed out his Sun Devil career by earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors...started 57 games in right field...hit. 280 (58-207) with six homers and 27 RBI...turned in a two-homer game at Auburn, the third of his career...scored 33 runs and walked 21 times...finished his career with 123 walks, the ninth most in school history...collected 15 career outfield assists...earned his degree from Arizona State University in December of 2010.
2010 (Junior): Appeared in 46 games, making 42 starts in right field...hit .265 (41-155)...drove in 28 runs and drew 25 walks...named Second team Academic All-Pac-10.
2009 (Sophomore): A First Team All-Pac-10 selection...also earned Second Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors...came in to his own in 2009, hitting .305 (72-236) with seven homers and 54 RBI...his 54 runs batted in was the fifth most in the Pac-10...also was an effective pitcher for the Devils, going 2-1 in 11 games...was the winning pitcher against San Diego on May 5, a game in which he hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning...played for the USA Junior National team over the summer.
2008 (Freshman): Became a major contributor in his freshman season, both in the field and on the mound and earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors...hit .322 in 56 games, making 39 starts...had three homers and 28 RBI...also drew 43 walks...went 1-0 on the mound, appearing in 6 games, starting four...threw 17.2 innings...made his first career pitching start at #10 Wichita State on May 7, allowing only one run on five hits in 6.2 innings of work, earning his first career victory...started Game Three of the Tempe Regional against Fresno State, homering twice and pitching two innings...was a two-way player of the Alaska Goldpanners over the summer, batting .339 and going 2-2 on the mound.
High School: A 2007 graduate of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona...earned four varsity baseball letters at Brophy...earned All-State honors in both 2006 and 2007...named an All-American in 2007 by both the ABCA and by Rawlings...was a member of the 2006 State Champions...played on the 2006 Connie Mack World Series Champions...earned a silver medal with the USA Youth National Team in 2004 and a silver medal in 2006 with the USA Junior National Team...hit .475 with 49 RBI and 12 homers during his senior year, also went 9-1 with a 2.10 ERA on the mound...helped Brophy spend most of the 2007 season as the state's top ranked team.
MLB Draft: Selected in the 49th round (1419th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.
Personal: BIS major...son of Randy and Denise Newman of Glendale, Arizona...lists former Sun Devil and current Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia as his favorite athlete...born September 20, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Career Highs at Arizona State:
|Hits||5||Washington State, 4/11/09|
|Home Runs||2||Three times|
|Total Bases||10||at Auburn, 3/12/11|