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Matt Grace
Player Profile:
Matt Grace 1265382
Position: Left Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
High School: Palos Verdes

Helped lead UCLA to two NCAA Regionals (2008, 2010) and the Bruins' third-ever trip to the College World Series in 2010...selected in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Made 33 appearances (all in relief), the third-highest total on the team and the sixth-most appearances in the Pac-10...went 0-1 with one save and a 3.18 ERA...recorded 23 strikeouts and eight walks in 28.1 innings, limiting the opposition to a .236 batting average...served as the Bruins' primary left-handed relief pitcher...secured second-team All-Academic Pac-10 acclaim...made three relief appearances in the postseason, allowing one run and three hits in 3.1 innings (2.70 postseason ERA)...recorded a season-high two strikeouts in two games - versus Cal State Northridge (Feb. 21), Vanderbilt (Feb. 26) and Cal State Fullerton (June 11)...had two strikeouts against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 21) and did not allow any hits in 1.2 scoreless innings...struck out two batters and walked one in 0.2 innings of relief against Vanderbilt (Feb. 26)...threw 1.1 scoreless innings in relief against Oral Roberts (March 21)...pitched one scoreless frame in relief in consecutive ballgames - versus Cal Poly (March 27) and Pepperdine (March 30)...scattered two hits in two scoreless innings of a series-opening 6-5 win over Stanford (April 1), helping UCLA extend its season-opening win streak to 22 games...threw 1.2 scoreless innings in the series opener against Oregon (April 16)...tossed one scoreless inning in a late 2-1 comeback victory for the Bruins against USC (May 16)...had two strikeouts in 1.1 hitless innings in the Bruins' first game of the NCAA Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton (June 11).

2009 (summer)
Made 12 appearances (one start) for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League...went 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 18.0 innings, logging nine strikeouts and nine walks...Cotuit went 20-18 in the Western Division of the Cape Cod League.

Made 22 appearances, including three starts...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic accolades...went 4-3 with a 4.72 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 11 walks in 40.0 innings...went 1-1 in Pac-10 play with a team-low 1.69 ERA, totaling 16 strikeouts and four walks in 16.0 innings - allowed four hits (one extra-base hit) and four runs (three earned), limiting Pac-10 opposition to a .130 batting average...did not allow any earned runs through his first 15.2 innings in Pac-10 play...posted career highs with eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings against California (May 10), allowing two runs and two hits in relief...did not allow any hits in 2.0 scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory at Oregon (May 3)...allowed one run and one walk, totaling four strikeouts in 4.0 scoreless innings in two relief appearances against Oregon State - threw 2.0 scoreless frames in each outing (April 24, April 26)...allowed one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in a 7-3 victory at San Diego State (April 14)...notched two strikeouts without surrendering any hits in 2.1 scoreless frames of relief against Arizona (March 27)...surrendered one run on five hits in 3.2 innings as the starting pitcher (no-decision) against Pepperdine (March 3).

2008 (summer)
Made 10 appearances, including six starts, for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League...posted a 4.86 ERA and a 1-2 record, totaling 35 strikeouts in 33.1 innings...Alexandria finished 35-32 in the North Division of the Northwoods League.

Made 17 appearances, including three starts...posted a 3.55 ERA, the second-lowest mark on the team...totaled 18 strikeouts in 33.0 innings, the highest totals by any freshman pitcher on the staff...allowed one unearned run in three innings in his second start of the season, a 6-4 win at UC Irvine (May 13)...limited Loyola Marymount (April 30) to two runs in 4.1 innings in his first collegiate start...hurled two scoreless innings in relief against Cal State Fullerton (March 5), totaling three strikeouts and just one walk...tossed two scoreless inning in relief against Cal State Northridge in a game resumed on April 15 (dated Feb. 26); game had been suspended due to darkness...credited with his collegiate debut in a UCLA victory against Southern (Feb. 29), striking out one batter faced in relief.

High School
Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Palos Verdes High School under head coach Evan Fujinaga...named a second-team All-CIF Southern Section Division II selection in 2007...earned 2006 All-CIF Southern Section Division IV Player of the Year honors in addition to gaining first-team All-CIF accolades that season...posted a 1.71 ERA and 6-4 mark as a senior, compiling 74 strikeouts and 25 walks in 65.1 innings; in his four losses, allowed six earned runs, 18 hits, 10 walks and struck out 29 in 23.1 innings...at the plate, recorded a .330 average, totaling seven home runs, three doubles, 28 RBI, 17 runs and 18 walks at the plate...captured 2006 Pioneer League co-Most Valuable Player honors after recording an 11-1 record and 1.25 ERA his junior season...named the Daily Breeze Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007...helped lead Palos Verdes to the 2006 CIF Division IV title at Angel Stadium...played for Angels Elite Baseball and the San Diego Padres scout team...competed in the U.S. Junior National Team tryouts in Joplin, Mo...nominated at Palos Verdes for the Student-Athlete High School Heisman (selected by counselors and teachers)...an excellent student, maintained a 4.1 GPA and earned California Scholarship Federation (CSF) membership...also was a three-year varsity basketball letterwinner under head coach Mike Boyd.

Full name: Matthew Aaron Grace...born December 14, 1988 in Torrance, Calif...Matt is the younger of Charles and Barbara Grace's two sons...has one older brother, Bob...mother, Barbara, attended UCLA...political science major.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched - 4.2 vs. California (5/10/09)
Strikeouts - 8 vs. California (5/10/09)


2008 Fr. 3.55 0-0 17 3 0 0 33.0 31 18 13 20 18 6 0 7 151 .248 3 3 0 3 1
2009 So. 4.72 4-3 22 3 0 0 40.0 45 29 21 11 34 9 1 3 178 .281 5 4 0 2 0
2010 Jr. 3.18 0-1 33 0 0 1 28.1 26 12 10 8 23 5 1 1 122 .236 2 3 0 1 1
TOTALS 3.91 4-4 72 6 0 1 101.1 102 59 44 39 75 20 2 11 451 .258 10 10 0 6 2
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