NORMAN, Okla. -- SoonerSports.com presents this Sooner Spolight feature on junior Matt Lovelady. The Modesto, CA native will join two former teammates at OU.
The right-handed pitcher transferred from Modesto Junior College where he was selected as a second team all conference honoree.
The Sooners open the 2006 season at the Texas-Pan American Tournament in Edinburg, Texas, against Texas State on Feb. 3. The opener is followed by contests against host UTPA and Lamar, Feb. 4 and 5 respectively.
Jobs I’ve held...
Made bagels for Snagles Bagels; construction
Interests outside of baseball...
Football, music, engines, muscle cars
Event that most shaped my life...
Getting saved. Giving my life to Jesus Christ, believing in him and making him my Lord and Savior
Reason behind the uniform number...
No. 28 has been my number my whole life. This year I am No. 23, my brother wears the same number.
Game or practice superstitions...
No superstitions, but there is a respect for the game when I step over those lines.
Most interesting place visited...
My father is a fiber technician
What is your favorite OU tradition...
List three words that describe you...
Christian, humble, driven
Name one thing that fans don’t know about you...
I love country music
Why did you choose OU?
Because of the family atmosphere.
If possible, what's one thing you would bring from your hometown?
My dog, Dusty
What’s the one memory that stands out from your childhood?
Playing catch with my dad
What was your favorite baseball team when you were younger?
Boston Red Sox
Who is your favorite non-baseball athlete?
What is the best piece of advice that a coach gave you?
Hard work will always pay off
Most interesting thing I did this summer...
What’s your nickname? Reasoning behind it?
Love or Matty. I’ve been called these names by my baseball teammates my whole life
Winning a state championship in high school and getting offered a scholarship to play at OU
The person I pattern my game after is...
Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens
What can you not go without during the baseball season?
What music/musician do you like to listen to before a game?
What is your favorite thing to do in Norman?
What is your dream job?
Pitch in the major leagues
What are your plans after college?
Play pro ball
Ultimate sports center highlight...
When David Ortiz hit the walk off home run to start the Red Sox rally.
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