|Title:||Class of 2018|
Look up "toughness" in the dictionary and you may find a picture of Matt Fiore.
The shortstop-turned-catcher played in 138 consecutive games and 139 of 140 possible games. He was notably behind the plate for a number of doubleheaders despite nagging injuries.
“Matt was a true baseball player who got every ounce out of his ability,” said head coach Mike Callahan. “He is a born leader who played the game the right way and played it hard.”
The two-year captain’s effort and leadership on and off the field resonated with his teammates. In four years, the baseball program went from 8-24 to a NEWMAC contender, and ECAC Division III New England Champions. The 24 wins in 2007 also set the WPI single-season record for any program at the time.
Personally, Matt earned back-to-back All-NEWMAC first team accolades and was the 2007 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion as the toughest to strikeout. He was caught looking once in 161 plate appearances or 143 official at-bats.
Matt also batted .331 with 12 doubles and five stolen bases as a senior. In a 4-3 extra-innings triumph over 10th-ranked Wheaton, Matt crossed the plate to give the Engineers a 2-0 lead in the fifth. He had three more chances at the plate featuring a leadoff single in the seventh and an intentional walk in the 11th. He made his way to second both times and was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week for the second time in as many years.
For his career, Matt amassed 167 career hits in 525 for a .318 batting average. He also totaled 106 runs scored, 59 RBI, 28 extra base hits, and 22 stolen bases.
Not only was Matt known for this toughness and baseball skill, he was recognized for someone that did it the right way as he was honored at the athletics award banquet with the 2007 The Percy Carpenter Award as the senior male who displays the best example of sportsmanship while a WPI athlete.
“Matt was one of the best all-around baseball players I had the opportunity to play with,” remarked hall of fame teammate Conor Fahey. “Beyond that, his passion and love for the game were infectious to the team. Whether shagging balls, taking BP, or performing in games, Matt was a leader by example that made those of us around him work harder and strive to be better.”
A native of Wakefield, Mass., Matt graduated with a BS in management engineering. His IQP focused on the planning and analysis to design a maintenance plan for WPI’s Department of Plant Services, and his MQP concentrated on improving the WPI Venture Forum. Since then, he has continued to play baseball locally during the summers in the Wakefield Twilight League for the TSB Brewers. For the last eight years he has worked as a supply chain manager for L3 Technologies in Wilmington, Mass. His company designs and manufactures optical space systems and sensors. He and his wife, Courtney, live in North Andover, Mass., with their newborn son, Colton.