Career Highlights: A three-time second-team all-Mountain West Conference honoree (2006, 2008, 2009). Holds the school record for most games played (241) and at-bats (843). Ranks second all-time with 263 base hits, 57 doubles and 150 walks. Holds fourth place on the all-time list with 176 runs scored, 159 RBIs ad 412 total bases. Posted a career batting average of .312 (263-for-843). Hit 24 home runs in his career and totaled 91 extra base hits that included 57 doubles and 10 triples. Established a new single-season record for doubles with 23 in 2009. Earned the 2009 Garry Williams Most Valuable Player award as voted upon by teammates. Drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Reached base in 210 of his 241 career games and hit safely in 167. Racked up 74 multi-hit contest and 46 multiple-RBI games in his career. Was successful in 27-of-36 stolen base attempts, including 13-of-14 in 2009. Hit .323 (185-for-572) in 164 conference games with 35 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs. Drove in 102 runs in league action. Missed most of his junior campaign after suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Had a career .961 fielding percentage, splitting time between first and third base. Started 118 consecutive games to close out his TCU career. Graduated with a degree in communications.
2009 (RS-Senior) Played in and started all 58 games at third base. Ranked second on the team with a .333 batting average. Tied his career high with 11 home runs and drove in 47. Set a school-record with 23 doubles and led the team with six triples. Collected 69 hits and scored 58 runs. Was successful in 13 of 14 stolen base attempts. Drew a team-high 51 walks en route to posting a .470 on-base percentage. Worked two-or-more walks in a game 14 times during the season Hit safely in 44 games and reached base safely in 53. Collected 18 multi-hit games and 13 multiple RBI contests. Posted a .355 average in league play, helping him earn second-team all-conference accolades. Collected a team-high 27 hits (eight doubles, four triples and five home runs) in Mountain West play. Tallied three hits (all doubles) with three RBIs and four runs scored in the season-opening series at Cal State Fullerton. Was 5-for-7 with his first home run of the season in TCU's win at Ole Miss on Feb. 28. Went 3-for-4 with three extra base hits (two doubles and one home run) and three RBIs against Oklahoma (May 17). Game started a five-game hitting streak that saw hit .471 (8-for-17) with eight runs scored and five doubles. Started a six-game hitting streak with a 1-for-4 day against UT Arlington on April 1. Went .391 (9-for-23) in that stretch with eight runs scored and eight RBIs. Best game of the streak was on April 5 against New Mexico. Was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a home run to go along with 5 RBIs in the win. Hit two home runs and scored four times in the series opener at UT Pan American on April 9. Had a season-long 14 game hitting streak from April 24-May 20. Was 21-for-53 (.396) during the streak with 13 RBIs. Homered and tripled as part of a two-hit day at San Diego on April 25. Drove in two runs and homered in the series-opener at BYU on April 30. Had five RBIs and four runs scored in the first two games against Utah (May 8-9). Collected two doubles as part of a three-hit game at UNLV on May 16. Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs against Oregon State in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional on May 30. Hit two home runs in the NCAA Super Regional against Texas.
2008 (RS-Junior) Played in and started all 63 games (62 at third base and one at first base). Named second-team all-conference at third base. Finished the season with a .283 batting average. Led the squad with a career-high 11 home runs. Ranked third on the team with 48 runs scored and second in RBIs with 46. Also picked up 15 doubles and three triples. Stole eight bases in nine attempts and pitched in 13 sacrifices. Drew a team-leading 31 bases on balls. Hit .326 in league play with eight doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs. Tallied a base hit in 41 contests and reached base in 55. Posted 18 multi-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI contests. From March 29-on, hit at a .341 clip (47-for-138). Picked up 14 RBIs in the opening 21 games. First home run was of the inside-the-park variety against Prairie View A&M on March 11. Drove in three runs on three hits vs. Dallas Baptist on March 24. Opened up a season-long seven game hit streak on March 29 at UNLV. Hit .409 (9-for-22) during the streak. Tallied three hits and two RBIS at Texas State on April 2. Produced his first multi-home run contest on April 12 with two solo home runs. Picked up four hits in the BYU series April 17-19. A home run at San Diego State on April 26 spurred another seven-game hit streak. Hit .435 (10-for-23) in that streak with nine RBIs and five extra-base hits. Drove in five runs on three hits with six runs scored in the San Diego State series April 26-27. Had a mini-three-game RBI streak that saw him drive in seven runs. Collected three RBIs each in a May 11 contest against UT-Pan American and in the series opener at New Mexico on May 16. Homered and doubled in both of those contests. Went 6-for-14 with five runs scored and four RBIs in the series at New Mexico May 16-17. Was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a home run in the MWC Tournament opener against UNLV on May 21. Hit .455 (10-for-22) with seven RBIs en route to being named to the all-tournament squad. His three-run home run in the seventh inning against New Mexico on May 23 proved to be the game-winner. Had two solo home runs in the Stillwater Regional opener against Wichita State. Tallied 15 two-out RBIs. 2007 (Junior): Season cut short due to injury and was granted a medical redshirt. Appeared in just eight games, making seven starts. Hit safely in five games and scored six runs while also working eight walks . Committed just one error in 78 chances. 2006 (Sophomore): Played in and started all 62 games (11 starts at first and 51 starts at third). Ranked second on the team with a .349 average. Tallied 84 hits, 10 doubles, one triple, one home run and drove in 36 runs. Stole five bases in eight attempts and was second on the team with 35 walks. Committed just six errors in 256 chances for a .977 fielding percentage. Hit safely in 47 games and reached base in 56. Tied for the team lead with 27 multi-hit games and finished with 10 multiple-RBI contests. Had a six game hit streak (2/17-26) in which he hit .417 (10-for-24) with five RBIs. Hit his lone home run against Florida Atlantic on March 3, a two-run shot. Had another five-game hit streak in which he hit a blistering .455 (10-for-22) from March 19-25. Put together a career-long 10-game hit streak beginning March 31, hitting .405 (15-for-37) with eight RBIs. Strung together seven straight multi-hit games beginning May 16. Hit .586 (17-for-29) with three three-hit games and five RBIs. Picked up seven hits in three games at the Mountain West Conference Postseason Tournament. Hit at a .643 clip with a runner on third and less than two outs. Tallied 17 two-out RBIs. 2005 (Freshman): Played in 50 games, making 41 starts (24 at first base and 17 at third). Finished the season with 11 multi-hit games and eight multiple-RBI games. Batted .289 with 27 RBI, eight doubles and one home run. Drew 25 walks, while striking out only 25 times and posting an on-base percentage of .391. Hit .278 in conference play with 14 runs driven in, appearing in 23 contests with 21 starts. Picked up first career home run and extra base hit against Oklahoma on March 22. Played flawless defense in his final 66 chances spanning eight games. Hit .800 (4-for-5) with the bases loaded and .800 (8-for-10) with a runner on third and less than two outs. Collected 15 two-out RBIs. Elkins High School: Three-year first-team all-district performer and two-time all-state tournament team selection. Honored as a 2004 TPX second-team High School All-American. District Sophomore of the Year in 2002. Participated in the 2002 and 2003 Area Code games. Holds the Elkins High School record for most career hits. Ranked as 18th top player in the state by Texas Baseball News. Helped lead team to the USA Today National Championship in 2002. Personal: Matt is the son of Rick and Tammie Carpenter. Has a younger brother, Tyler, and a younger sister, Caitlyn. Majoring in Communications. Career Highs: Hits: 4, three times @ Baylor 3/21/06 vs. Utah 5/6/06 vs. UNLV 5/21/08 Runs: 3, four times vs. UT-Arlington 5/3/05 vs. UNLV 4/15/06 @ San Diego State 4/26/08 @ San Diego State 4/27/08 HR: 2, twice vs. UNLV 4/12/08 vs. Wichita State 5/31/08 RBI: 4 @ UT-Pan American 2/18/06 SB: 1, 14 times BB: 3, three times vs. Dallas Baptis 2/28/06 vs. Air Force 4/7/06 vs. UNLV 4/15/06 Hitting Streak: 10 games, 3/31-4/15/06 Career Numbers: Base hit in 123-of-183 games On-base in 157-of-183 games 56 multi-hit games 33 multi-RBI games