Overview — One of the Bruins top outfielders and base runners ... Will be in the mix to start in left or center field ... “At times, Matt was our best player last year,” said Head Coach Gary Adams.
2003 (Summer) — Played for the Santa Barbara Forresters of the California Coastal Collegiate League ... Along with Bruin teammate Billy Susdorf, helped lead the Forresters to a 51-10-1 record and the championship game of the National Baseball Congress World Series ... Team also won the league title ... Hit .276 with 21 runs scored in 29 games ... Stole seven bases in nine attempts.
2003 — Appeared in 58 games for UCLA, starting 57 in center field ... Hit .299 with 13 doubles and 37 RBI ... Led the team in stolen bases (9), walks (30), and runs scored (46) ... Posted 16 multiple hit games, along with seven multiple RBI contests ... Honored with the team’s third year academic award ... Started the season strong, going 3-for-3 with four runs, three walks and a double on February 1 against Cal State Northridge ... Had a season-high eight-game hit streak from March 2 - March 22 ... Went 6-for-13 (.461) against crosstown rival USC on March 7-9, with five RBI and a home run ... Drove in a career-high five runs against California on April 4, going 3-for-5 with two doubles ... Knocked in another four runs the following day with a 2-for-5 performance with a double and a homer ... Finished the season going 3-for-6 with two runs scored and a double at Washington State on May 25.
2002 (Summer)- Led the Arlington Senators to a 32-10 record and a Clark-Griffith League title ... Hit .290 with 20 hits, including five doubles and two triples ... Stole three bases in only three attempts.
2002 — Had twenty consecutive starts in the outfield (16 in center field, four in left field) from Feb.13 to Apr. 7 ... Appeared in 48 games ... Went 3-for-5 with a RBI and run in Valentine’s Day victory at Hawaii-Hilo ... Recorded a career-high four RBI and a three-run home run against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 26 ... Scored a season-high three runs while driving three and stealing two bases at Washington on May 3 ... Third on the team with nine stolen bases.
Harvard-Westlake HS (North Hollywood, CA) — Played for three years under coach Josh Smaler … Three-time All-Mission league … Earned honorable mention All-State honors … Two-time All-City selection… Hit .485 in his career, and stole 40 bases … Also lettered in soccer for three years under coach Josh Buddle … Was his team’s top goal scorer for two years … Also played football as a sophomore and junior.
Personal — Names Vladimir Guererro as his favorite MLB player … Parents are Robert and Sandra Thayer … Both parents, as well as an uncle and grandfather attended UCLA … Has two brothers, Robert and Jason … Born on February 21, 1982 in Los Angeles, California … Full name: Matthew Christopher Thayer … Economics-Business major.
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