Matthew Holliday

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Matthew Andrew Holliday

Biographical Information[edit]

Matthew Holliday has starred for the Hong Kong national team.

Holliday went to college in the US. He hit .362/.412/.496 with 35 RBI and 16 doubles in 35 games as a freshman at Lawrence University while going 1-2 with a 8.31 ERA on the mound. He was All-Midwest Conference. He was All-MWC as a sophomore, hitting even better (.412/.473/.567) and pitching the best of his collegiate career (4-1, 3.56). As a junior, he fell to .374/.420/.496 and 0-6, 10.94 but was again All-MWC. He hit .379/.449/.531 as a senior with 35 runs and 38 RBI in 36 games, going 2-2 with a save and a 7.20 ERA and again winning All-MWC. He set school records for hits (194), doubles (48), RBI (113) and runs (95). [1]

He then played for Hong Kong in the 2018 East Asian Baseball Cup, hitting .333/.399/.533 with 4 runs in 4 games. [2] He starred at the 2018 Asian Games. In their opening win over host Indonesia, he had two runs and two RBI and got the save for Ka-Ho Sam Leung. Against Gold Medal winner South Korea, he homered off Chan-kyu Im and singled in a run off Pil-joon Jang for 2 of his team's 3 RBI. In the bottom of the 9th against Thailand, he broke a 4-4 tie by doubling off Siraphop Nadee to score Kin-Chung Tsang with the winner. For the Games, he hit .278/.316/.722, 4 of his 5 hits going for extra-bases, and a team-high 5 RBI. His 3 runs were one behind team leader Wing-Sing Li and he led Hong Kong in slugging, .122 ahead of Li. He allowed one run in two innings pitched and the first baseman played error-free ball (30 PO, 2 A). He tied for third in the event in homers (behind Jae-gyun Hwang and Tsuyoshi Tamura) and tied Jawad Ali and Momotaro Matsumoto for 4th in total bases (13). He also was one of three pitchers to register a save in the Jakarta Games, tying Inayat Ullah Khan for second, as Cheng-Hao Wang was the only player with two. [3]