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Palomar Comets Baseball 2008

MATT STROM

NO. 17 / LHP, FR, 6-2, 200; BATS: Left: THROWS: Left

HOMETOWN: Temecula, CA

HIGH SCHOOL: Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA), Class of 2003

PREVIOUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEAM: Cypress College (Red-shirt)

PERSONAL: Born Aug. 14, 1984, in Artesia, CA. ... Son of Tim and Denise Strom. ... Has one brother, Eric, and one sister, Heather.

ACADEMICS: Carried a 2.9 grade-point average at Temecula Valley High. ... Has a 2.8 grad-point average at Palomar as a Business major.

2008 SEASON: Was the Comets' most effective pitcher out of the bullpen before two spectacular late-season starts. ... Led the team with an ERA of 0.91 (best single-season mark in Palomar history) and 41 strikeouts and seven walks in 39 1/3 innings. ... Compiled a 1.12 ERA for Pacific Coast Conference games with 22 strikeouts and five walks in 24 innings. ... All-Pacific Coast Conference honorable mention. ... Pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four, against San Bernardino Valley on Feb. 9. ... Came on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning at Grossmont on Feb. 28, helping preserve the Comets' 8-6 victory. ... Pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief ball against Pacific Coast Conference leader Southwestern on March 1. ... Shut out San Diego City College over 1 1/3 innings on March 8 as Palomar won 4-2. ... Came in to get a double-play groundball to get the Comets' out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh inning of a 13-4 win at San Diego Mesa on March 11. ... Gave up his first run of the season in a three-inning relief stint vs. Orange Coast on March 19. Left the game in the ninth inning in favor of a right-hander to pitch to a right-hander with a runner on first, one out. The run scored later in the inning. Struck out five Pirates and walked none after coming on with runners at second and third and one out in the sixth and getting the Comets out of the inning on a strikeout and grounder back to the mound.... Pitched 2 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run in 7-5 victory over Grossmont on March 25. ... Threw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless ball in a 6-2 road win over San Diego City College on April 8, striking out three. ... Finally got his first start on April 19 at Grossmont and stopped the heavy-hitting Griffins in their tracks with seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits while striking out five and walking none. Grossmont scored six times in the bottom of the eights, after Strom left the game, eventually winning 11-6 as he notched the win. ... Pitched into the seventh inning before leaving the game with a 3-1 lead against Pacific Coast Conference champion Southwestern on April 26. Had a four-hitter going through six innings and wound up with five strikeouts and no earned runs. Was charged with two runs that scored after he left the game. ... Pitched Palomar's first complete-game shutout since 2006 on May 6 as the Comets downed Santa Barbara City College 3-0 on his four-hitter to begin the Southern California Regionals. Struck out 10 and walked none.

2004 SEASON: Red-shirted at Cypress College.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Was an all-league first-team selection and first-team All-Southwest League pick at Temecula Valley, where he threw a pair of no-hitters. ,,, Lettered as a sophomore, junior and senior under coach Rich Emerd. ... High school teammate of former Comet left-handed pitcher Travis Goset.

(Updated as of Summer 2008)

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