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    Matt Cusick
    Matt Cusick

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Mission Viejo, Calif.

    High School:
    Santa Margarita

    Height / Weight:
    5-10 / 190

    Position:
    Infield

    Bats/Throws:
    Left/Right

    2007
    Cusick signed with the Houston Astros after being drafted in the 10th round...led the Trojans in his 2007 junior season with a .324 batting average (66-for-204)...started in all 55 games he played...recorded 11 doubles, two triples, one home run, 39 RBI and stole a personal-best 10 stolen bases...finished the season with a 15-game hitting streak...his RBI triple in the top of the ninth paved the way for a 4-3 win on March 2 at Georgia, setting the tone as the Trojans went on to sweep the host Bulldogs...on Feb. 17 at San Diego State, he led a key three-run rally in the ninth with an RBI triple as part of USC's 5-4 win...hit the game-winning RBI in the 10th on Feb. 11 in a 4-3 win at No. 17 San Diego.

    Summer
    In 39 games with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, Cusick batted .304 (41-for-135) with two home runs and 12 RBI...earned All-Cape Cod League honors and played in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game...had the fourth-highest batting average in the league...had a .425 on-base percentage and struck out only 12 times.

    2006
    In his 2006 sophomore season, Cusick started every game as the Trojans' third baseman and earned All-Pac-10 honors...second on the team with a .369 (83-for-225) batting average...had four home runs and 35 RBI...led the team with 43 walks and a .486 on-base percentage...tied for the team lead with six stolen bases...in 225 at-bats, he struck out just 11 times during the season...led the team with 27 multi-hit games, including 10 three-hit games...had a season-high, nine-game hitting streak from March 21 through April 9 where he batted .471 (16-for-34) with 10 walks and seven RBI...during the UCLA series, he led off two straight games with a home run...his lone four-hit game came on May 13 at UCLA...batted .538 (7-for-13) with a home run and four RBI in the Pac-10 series at Stanford (April 1-2)...hit a home run in a 2-for-4 game with three RBI on March 7 against UC Irvine...went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBI on March 4 against Georgia.


    2005
    Cusick had an excellent 2005 freshman campaign, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition...third on the team with a .311 batting average (70-for-225) with four home runs and 35 RBI...led the starters with a season-low 20 strikeouts...registered 19 multi-hit games on the season, including five three-hit performances and one four-hit game...after spending the early part of the season at second base, Cusick eventually moved to first base and made 36 starts at the position...became the first freshman to be the Trojans' leadoff hitter in a season opener since Wes Rachels did it in 1995...named most outstanding player at the NCAA First-Round Regional in Long Beach, Calif., after batting .750 (9-for-12) with five runs, three doubles and four RBI...was 9-for-10 in the first three games after a 4-4 performance on June 5 against Pepperdine...recorded a season-high three-RBI game on June 3 against Pepperdine at the NCAA First-Round Regional...had a season-long, 10-game hitting streak snapped on May 1 at Arizona and hit .439 during the streak...on Feb. 15 against San Diego, he delivered a "cue shot" in the bottom of the ninth with a walkoff, two-run homer with two outs in USC's 7-5 win...as a member of the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer, Cusick batted .260 (40-for-154) with eight doubles and 12 RBI...he played in 41 games for the Whitecaps.

    High School
    He earned All-CIF honors three years at Santa Margarita (Calif.) High...earned Orange County Register All-County first team honors after batting .389 with three home runs and 21 RBI in his senior season...played for the 2004 CIF-SS Division IV championship squad...struck out only five teams in 95 at-bats as a senior...earned All-Serra League honors all four years.

    Little League
    He played in the 1997 Little League World Series for South Mission Viejo...also has played in the Mickey Mantle World Series, Palomino World Series and Connie Mack World Series.

    Personal
    He is majoring in public policy and development...parents are Steve and Edie...has one brother, Jeff...favorite movie is The Big Lebowski...favorite television show is The Office...lists David Wright as his biggest sports hero...birthdate is May 5, 1986.

    Cusick's Career Statistics
    Year		G-GS	AVG	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB-SBA	BB	SO
    2005 (Fr.)	62-62	.311	225	53	70	9	0	4	35	2-5	33	20
    2006 (So.)	58-58	.369	225	63	83	10	2	4	35	6-9	43	11
    2007 (Jr.)	55-55	.324	204	26	66	11	2	1	39	10-15	31	17
    Totals		175-175	.335	654	142	219	30	4	9	109	18-29	107	48