2011 (Junior): Played 48 games with 40 starts, primarily in outfield and at designated hitter ... Carried a .261 batting average with 13 runs scored, 13 RBI and three home runs ... Also made 10 appearances on the mound with two starts ... Posted a 1-1 record with a 2.49 ERA over 21.2 innings of work ... Picked up first career hit and run batted in with a 2-for-4 showing in the season opener against Portland (Feb. 18) ... Made first appearance on the mound at Western Kentucky (March 19), holding the Hilltoppers scoreless and striking out one over one inning ... Went 1-for-3 with a run batted in, three runs scored and two walks en route to helping the Blue Raiders to a victory at Austin Peay (March 30) ... Put together a 3-for-4 outing against Austin Peay on April 6, knocking out his first career home run with a pair of RBI ... Homered again in a win over Troy (April 17), ending 1-for-4 with two runs batted in ... Held Memphis scoreless with just one hit to pick up a rain-shortened five inning shutout on April 20 for his first career win ... Ended season with 10 multi-hit games.
Prior to Middle Tennessee: 2010: Played one season at Wallace State CC ... Batted .383 with 59 hits, 12 doubles and six home runs ... Also had 41 RBI and scored 46 runs ... In the field, had no errors, seven assists and was part of two double plays.
2009: Played one season at South Alabama ... Batted .283 with 17 hits, four doubles and drove in 13 runs ... Also scored 11 runs and walked nine times.
Cullman HS: Won Alabama Class 5A state championships in junior and senior years at Cullman High School in Cullman, Ala. ... Named MVP of the Class 5A state championship series both years ... Had walk-off RBI-double to win the 2008 state championship ... Went 3-for-5 and also pitched all eight innings in championship game ... Named to Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American 2nd team prior to senior season ... Named to 2008 ASWA Class 5A All-State baseball team ... Holds school record for best ERA at 1.10 ... Also played one season for Bearcat football team.
Personal: Born March 20, 1990 ... Full name Matthew Keith Drake ... Son of Keith and Tricia Drake ... Has a younger sister, Makayla ... Favorite athlete is Nolan Ryan ... Majoring in special education.