June 11, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara senior captain Matt Long was selected in the 30th round (921 overall) by the Anaheim Angels in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, June 10. Fellow Bronco Jon Karcich was also picked by the Angels in the seventh round.
"Matt has worked hard to get to this point and we are extremely proud of him," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "He will leave Santa Clara with a degree in one hand and a professional contract in the other. We wish Matt the best of luck."
A three-time All-West Coast Conference honoree, Long produced another stellar campaign at the plate in the outfield as a senior. The Los Altos Hills, Calif., native led the Broncos in runs (43), triples (6) and was tied for first in home runs (5). Overall, he was third in the WCC in triples and, in WCC games only, Long ranked ninth in batting average (.307).
The centerfielder nearly hit for the cycle for the second time in his career on May 2 against San Diego State. He was a home run shy of reaching the feat. He became the first Broncos since Mike Frank '97 to hit for the cycle on April 26, 2007 against Hawaii-Hilo. It had been 13 years since a Bronco accomplished the act.
A soon to be a fourth generation alumnus of Santa Clara when he graduates on June 13, 2009, Long entered seven career record book categories this year and two single-season lists. He brought his collegiate career to a close ranked: No. 2 in career at bats (875) and triples (14), No. 3 in career hits (269) and total bases (393), No. 4 in career runs (160), No. 9 in walks (100) and extra base hits (72), tied for No. 7 in single-season triples (6 in 2009), and tied for No. 19 in single-season sacrifice flies (5 in 2009).
In 2008, Long was drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks (23rd Rnd. -708 overall) after team-leading season. He opted to return to Santa Clara to finish his degree and play his final season on the Mission Campus. The 6-foot-0 lefty at the plate led SCU in runs (54), triples (5) and walks (36), and was ranked second in slugging percentage (.539), home runs (11) and stolen bases (7).
As a sophomore in 2007, Long was the only Bronco to start in all 56 games as he batted .304 with 66 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs, 25 RBIs and a team-best 15 stolen bases. As a rookie in 2006, the St. Francis High School alumnus was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball News. He started in 51 of 53 games in which he appeared and led all WCC freshmen with a .336 batting average.
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