GENERAL: A talented local product who is slated to pitch for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League this summer...Left-handed strikeout pitcher with great size...Works hard at his game, and his improved tremendously since arriving at Siena...Has only scratched the surface of his potential...Could develop into one of the MAAC's top pitchers, perhaps as soon as this year.
AS A SOPHMORE: MAAC First Team selection...Appeared in 15 games starting 14... Posted a 6-6 record with a school-record 88 strikeouts... In 97.1 innings he compiled a team-best 3.42 ERA...Held opponents to a .261 batting average... Tossed a career-high four complete games with one shutout... Had complete-game win over Niagara (4/21) and a shutout against Canisius (5/2) with only 3 hits allowed and four strikeouts... Career-high 16 strikeouts in complete-game win at Saint Peter's... Dominated MAAC, going 4-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 59 strikeouts in nine conference games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 15 games, making seven starts...Posted a 1-3 record with a 3.95 ERA in 41 innings of work...Struck out 34 batters and held opponents to a .82 batting average...Made four MAAC starts in seven appearances, posting a 0-1 record and a 3.50 ERA...MAAC teams batted just .246 off him...Pitched four innings of scoreless relief in 2-1 win over Binghamton (4/2)...Picked up victory at Cornell (4/17) with 4.1 innings of one-hit, five-strikeout work.
BEFORE SIENA: A three-sport athlete at Broadalbin-Perth, playing baseball, basketball, and soccer...Struck out 138 batters in 85 innings pitched as a junior and senior...An All-State selection as a senior following a year where he allowed just 36 hits in 44 1/3 innings pitched.
ROSSI ON GAGE: "Matt is coming off an outstanding school season where he lead the team in wins and made the conference all-star team. He had an outstanding summer where he also made the Cape Cod League All-star team. He has come on extremely fast and currently is the top pitcher in the rotation. The coaching staff is relying on him heavily to continue to be the mainstay of the staff, and to give a quality start every time out."
GETTING TO KNOW MATT GAGE:
Nickname: Gidgmo Major: Management What I like most about my sport: Coach Rossi If I was stuck on a deserted island, the one thing I would bring: One Single pineapple If I could meet anyone, it would be: The Wizard of Oz When I'm not playing, you can find me: Making snow angels If I could have any pet, I would have: a Brown bear
Class at Siena College: Digital Photography I Website: myspace.com Animal: Kangaroo Song: "Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice Actor/Actress: Keanu Reeves
Gage Career Bests Debut: at Tulane (2-19-12) First win: at Cornell (4-17-12) Strikeouts: 5 - three times GAGE'S CAREER STATS