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Bulldogs in the Pros - Update
Courtesy: UNCABulldogs.com
Release: 05/03/2011
Kevin Mattison, shown here playing for UNC Asheville in 2008, is hitting .347 for the Jacksonville Suns
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The UNC Asheville baseball program is proud to have four players playing professionally at the present time and the Office of Athletics Communications will give periodic updates on how they are doing through the 2011 season.

Ty Wigginton earned his 1000th major league hit two weeks ago when he blasted a three-run homer against the defending World Series champions San Francisco Giants. Wigginton, playing for the Colorado Rockies, hit his homer off World Series star Matt Cain on April 20.

After a slow start at the plate, Ty was getting untracked and had his average up to .233 with two home runs and 10 RBI. He even had two stolen bases. However, Ty suffered a strained right oblique last Tuesday at Chicago, and he appears to be heading to the 15-day disabled list.

Kevin Mattison is playing for the Jacksonville Suns, the Double A minor league club of the Florida Marlins. He has been Jacksonville's starting center-fielder and is off to a great start. Kevin is hitting a team-high .347 with five doubles, four triples, one home run and nine RBI. He has stolen 11 bases.

Mattison's batting average is more than 100 points better than last year's mark. He told the Florida Times-Union after a game recently that he's trying to do things a little simpler at the plate.

"I've simplified things and I'm not trying to be too aggressive at bat," Mattison said. "I'm just trying to put the ball in play more and use my legs to get on base."

Mattison's former teammate, Alan DeRatt, is pitching very well for the Modesto Nuts, the Colorado Rockies, High A franchise.

He's 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA as he's been coming out of the bullpen for the Nuts this season. In 17.2 innings of work, Alan has struck out 19 and walked just five.

Justin Schumer, who signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants last summer, has moved up quickly in the Giants organization. Schumer has began the 2011 season with the Augusta Greenjackets of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Schumer has been a starting pitcher for Augusta and started for the Greenjackets on opening night at Greenville. He has compiled a 2-2 record with 11 strikeouts in 26.1 innings of work.

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