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Coach Holowaty: “Matt has improved every year. He will be our closer right now, and we are looking forward to having him in a dominant position in that role. He finished up very strong for us last year and had a very good last summer, so we expect a lot from him.”

High School: Four-year member of baseball program and a four year starter for soccer program…named to all-conference team junior and senior years…was a member of National Honor Society… had team’s highest batting average sophomore and junior years…

Other: Played for Vernon in the Hartford Twilight League this past summer… two-year member of Tolland America Legion program which competed in the state tournament in 2009…

PERSONAL: born Matthew R. Purnell April 8, 1991... Parents: Karen and John... Major: Business... Career Plans: Marina Owner... Residence: Stafford Springs, CT...


Career Statistics Thru 2012



Favorite aspect of Eastern: Coach Holowaty

Favorite athlete of all time: Pedro, Kevin Millar, Wilfork, Chipper

Favorite professional sports team: Red Sox

The hardest class you’ve ever taken at Eastern: Biology classes

Favorite subject in school: Golf

Most beneficial aspect of college life: Networking

Best choice for next President of the United States: Coach Holowaty

Greatest coach of all time in any sport, at any level: Coach Holowaty

The greatest sports moment of all time: Red Sox beating the Yankees 4 straight

Most famous American: Clint Eastwood

Most important invention in last 100 years: McChickens with buffalo sauce

Most important advancement in medicine in last 50 years: Steroids

Choice for a last meal: Hot wings, venison and pie

Favorite college sports team, other than your own: Syracuse

Last movie you’ve seen: The Big Year

Favorite actor: Clint Eastwood

Favorite musical artist: Krispy Kreme aka Froggy Fresh

Favorite book: What’s a book?

Favorite sporting event you’ve ever attended: Bruins game

Favorite sportscaster: Heidi Watney

Person with the most difficult job in the world: Coach Holowaty

Area which you know virtually nothing about: I know everything

Eastern’s biggest rival: Everyone

Pet peeve: People wanting guns to be banned

Your goals for the upcoming season: National Championship

If you could travel anywhere in the world, it would be to: See my man Capt. George Campbell in the keys

What would you like to see as the University’s mascot?: A Warrior…DUHH



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