|Hometown:||Ft. Myers, Fla.|
|High School:||Riverdale HS|
AS A RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN (2014)
Appeared in 44 games during his first active season with Saint Leo… Finished third on the team in at-bats with 175… Tallied 45 hits for a .314 batting average… Scored 33 runs and knocked in 29 RBI… Blasted 10 doubles and one triple... First homerun as a Lion came against top-ranked Nova Southeastern… Logged 70 total bases for a .324 on-base percentage… Slugged for .400... Walked four times and tied to lead the team with five sacrifice flyouts… Turned 18 double plays from his second-base position… Registered 75 putouts and 101 assists for a .940 fielding average.
AS A FRESHMAN (2013)
Redshirted. Did not compete.
A 2012 graduate of Riverdale High School…The two-time team captain played for Coach Robert Pringle…Was named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in his senior year after hitting .464 with 55 hits…In 2011, his junior year, Mata batted .406 with 45 hits…Was named team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year…Also played for the Prospect Wire Cannons for Coach Jeff Bender.
Born on August 13, 1994 in Orlando, Fla…Majoring in sport business…Hobbies include basketball, baseball, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends…Career goal is to be successful…The best asset he brings to the team is his energy and never-give-up attitude…His favorite athlete is Jose Reyes…Lists his favorite team as the Atlanta Braves…Chose Saint Leo because he liked the coaching staff and because he fell in love with the campus…Son of Maria Garcia…Has one brother, Jose Mata, and one sister, Emily Garcia.