Matt Thaiss
Matt  Thaiss


Jackson, N.J.

High School:
Jackson Memorial

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 195



Matt Thaiss Added to U.S. Collegiate National Team

Sophomore catcher hit team-leading .323 for 2015 National Champion Cavaliers


Virginia Defeats Florida, 5-4, Advances to CWS Finals

Cavaliers play Vanderbilt beginning Monday in best-of-three finals


Virginia Defeats Florida, 1-0, in CWS, Advances to Bracket Championship

Waddell, Sborz combine on two-hitter


Virginia Defeats Arkansas in CWS Opener, 5-3

Cavaliers advance to face Florida or Miami on Monday evening in Omaha


Virginia Plays Arkansas Saturday in College World Series

Cavaliers compete in second straight CWS, fourth in seven years


Virginia vs. Vanderbilt - CWS Finals (6/24)

Virginia took on Vanderbilt in game three of the College World Series Finals.


Virginia vs. Vanderbilt (CWS Game 2 - 06/23/15)

Virginia vs. Vanderbilt (CWS Game 2 - 06/23/15)


Virginia vs. Vanderbilt (CWS 06/20/15)

Virginia vs. Vanderbilt in the CWS Finals


Virginia Cavaliers vs. Florida Gators (CWS 06/20/15)

The Virginia Cavaliers vs. Florida Gators in the College World Series on June 6, 2015.


Baseball College World Series: Virginia vs. Florida

Virginia takes on Florida at the College World Series

• Named Third-Team All-America catcher by Louisville Slugger and NCBWA
• Semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy (national POY)
• Earned spot on USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
• Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
• Started 67 of 68 games (41 at catcher, 9 at DH, 17 at 1B)
• Finished 14th in ACC in batting (.323) and fourth in RBI (60)
• Led team in slugging (.512) and OBP (.413); finished second on team with 82 hits
• Batted .321 in ACC games (second on team, 18th in league)
• Also ranked fourth in ACC in RBI (29) and seventh in doubles (10) in conference games - both team highs
• Batted team-best .318 in NCAA tournament (14-for-44); had eight-game hit streak in tournament play from May 30-June 20 
• Hit solo home run in College World Series win over Florida to clinch berth in CWS Finals (6/20)
• Scored game’s lone run in UVa’s 1-0 win over Florida in second game at CWS (6/15)
• Went 4-for-8 in NCAA super regional sweep of Maryland
• Was 4-for-11 with four runs and four RBI in NCAA regional; reached base six times in championship game vs. USC (two hits, four walks)
• Named ACC Player of the Week on April 27; was 11-for-23 (.478) with 11 hits and 11 RBI during UVa’s five games that week
• Started 27 of 28 games behind the plate at one point during season
• Injured ankle in Sunday game at Georgia Tech; missed the April 15 game vs. William & Mary and did not catch again until May 22 against Notre Dame in ACC Tournament

• Played in 26 games with 16 starts as DH
• Recorded five doubles
• Hit RBI single in ACC tournament against Florida State (5/24)
• Was 2-for-2 off bench in win at Wake Forest (5/16)
• Went 3-for-3 with double and pair of RBI in win over William & Mary (4/16)
• Doubled twice as part of 3-for-4 day in win over ECU (2/23)
• Went 2-for-5 in win at UNCW (2/16)

• Selected by Boston Red Sox in 32nd round of 2013 MLB Draft
• Twice named First-Team All-State
• Batted .343 with 17 homers and 70 RBI in high school career
• Named First-Team All-Shore Conference three times
• Also a three-time all-county honoree
• Coached by Frank Malta
• Named to High Honor Roll all four years
• Recipient of Principal's Leadership Award and member of National Science Honor Society PERSONAL
• Parents are Kevin and Deborah Thaiss
• Has two brothers, Justin and Kyle