Audio Q&A with Matt Camp

OF Matt Camp was one of seven selections from North Carolina State University to be picked on day one of baseball's amateur draft this week. The school has thus far had eight players taken in the draft. The Cubs tabbed Camp with their 13th round pick and the senior ACC product talked to us the morning after. (Windows Media Player recommended for listening.)

From NC Sports Information:

The 2005 season was not one that Matt Camp will remember fondly, but the odds are he'll remember 2006.

Camp, who batted .333 as a freshman and .332 as a sophomore, struggled throughout the '05 campaign and finished with an un-Camp-like .267 average.

Forget about a repeat.

Camp had far and away his best season in a Wolfpack uniform, batting .387 with 22 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 64 runs scored and 46 RBIs in 63 games.

2006 didn't start out that way. Through the first 12 games of the season, Camp was hitting the same .267 he hit as a junior. At some point around there, everything fell into place for him, though, and in the final 51 games of the season, he batted .412 (89-for-216) with 20 doubles, two home runs, 54 runs scored and 40 RBIs.

He put together hitting streaks of 15 games, 12 games and 10 games, and finished the season on an eight-game streak, during which he batted .417 (15-for-36). He hit safely in 45 of the last 52 games, and reached base safely in 50 of the 52.

In 29 ACC games, Camp batted .417 with 13 doubles, a home run, 33 runs scored and 24 RBIs. He led the ACC in batting in onference games by a whopping 33 points, and also led the league in on-base percentage in ACC games (.483). He finished second in the conference in ACC games in hits (1.72 per game) and doubles (0.45 per game).

For his career, Camp finished tied for third in school history in stolen bases (49-of-64), fourth in at-bats (973), fifth in runs scored (216) and hits (322), and eighth in walks (113). He played 245 games, fourth most in school history, and started 238. He played in 233 consecutive games, the second longest streak in school history behind Jake Weber's streak of 248 from 1995-98, which is an ACC record.

Camp's fifth-inning double on May 14 at Virginia Tech was his 300th career hit, making him the fifth NC State player to reach the 300-hit mark. He has 315 career hits, 14th in conference history.

Camp was voted first-team All-ACC by the league's coaches, and was named third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball magazine. He was named to the all-tournament teams for both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Austin Regional.


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