Veteran corner infielder who will be counted on for production from the middle of the order ... an explosive hitter who ranked among the BIG EAST's top run producers in 2003 and `04 ... earned all-BIG EAST and ABCA all-region honors as a sophomore in '03 ... suffered freak broken leg early in his freshman season ('02) before battling back for return in '03 ... split ime at first and third in '03 (he was a prep SS/3B) before playing exclusively at first base in `04 ... move across the diamond was preceded by Greg Lopez's emergence at shortstop and Matt Macri's prospects at third (Macri was the '03 shortstop) ... gets his money's worth in every at-bat, with a violent swing that causes the ball to jump off his bat ... showed great strength of character in face of adversity during injury rehabilitation ... can hit with power to all fields ... has several similarities to former Irish standout shortstop Alec Porzel ('01), including clutch hitting, bat control, good hands and defensive instincts ... enters senior season with .340 career batting average, 127 RBI and 20 home runs in 132 games played (91 runs, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 60 walks, 14 hit-by-pitch, 85 strikeouts, 8-of-12 stolen bases, 129 starts) ... owns .423 career on-base pct. and .542 slugging pct., for .892 OPS (on-base plus slugging) ... a .300 career batter in the NCAA Tournament (9-for-30, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 HR, 3B, 2B) ... his .314 career batting avg. vs. BIG EAST teams (8 HR, 47 RBI) includes hitting .435 vs. UConn (10-for-23, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and .421 vs. St. John's (8-for-19, 3 HR, 7 RBI) ... combined with 2B Steve Sollmann as first ND teammates to collect 85-plus hits in a season (Sollmann 98, Edwards 85 in '03) ... played for Mat-Su Miners of wood-bat Alaska League in summer of `04 (.232, 8 RBI, 10 R, 7 2B, 3B, 11 BB, 22 GP) ... his Miners teammates included Stanford pitcher Matt Manship, brother of current Notre Dame sophomore RHP Jeff Manship ... overcame slow start to hit .300 in second half of '03 summer, with the Valley League's Waynesboro (Va.) Generals ... seventh Virginia native to letter with Notre Dame baseball program ... inherited No. 14 jersey worn previous four seasons by utility player Ben Cooke ... posted 3.43 GPA during 2004 fall semester.
AS A JUNIOR: Had strong first month of season before using late push to finish 5th among BIG EAST players with 54 RBI and 12 home runs, plus 6th in total bases (118), 7th in runs (48) and 10th in walks (32) ... led '04 team in games played (61, of 63) while ranking 2nd in runs (48), hits (67), HRs, total bases (118), ABs (216) and starts (59), 3rd in RBI (54), walks and sac. flies (4), 4th in doubles (13), HBP (9) and SBs (5-of-6), 5th in slugging (.546) and on-base (.414) ... other '04 stats included .310 batting avg., 40 Ks, 5 Es and .991 fielding (plus a triple) ... 2nd on team in 2-out RBI (19), 5th in batting with runners in scoring position (.293) ... hit .315 vs. RHPs (5th on team), .292 vs. LHPs, .331 with runners on, .297 with 2 outs ... delivered RBI team-best 80% of time with runner on 3rd and fewer than 2 outs (16-of-20) ... ranked 3rd on team with .338 batting in April (22 RBI, HR) ... hit just .260 at Eck Stadium (24 RBI, 5 HR), compared to .357 on the road (30 RBI, 7 HR) ... made 57 starts at 1B (2 at 3B) while batting 27 times in 3-hole, 20 in 7-hole - plus other starts batting cleanup (4), 5th (3), 6th (4) and 8th (1) ... led team with 16 multi-RBI games, 2nd with 19 multi-hit games ... 3rd on team with .308 batting vs. top-25 teams (6 RBI) ... first player in Paul Mainieri era to homer in first at-bat of season opener (five have homered later in openers), lining 3-0 pitch from RHP Scott Shoemaker over fence in left-center to help beat San Diego State at USC Classic (3-for-5, 4 RBI, 2B; 7-1) ... ... his 4 RBI (2-run HR, 2-run 1B) also are most in a Mainieri-era opener ... earned MVP honors at Florida Atlantic Classic (.417, 5-for-12, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2 HR, 2B, 2 BB, HBP), highlighted by strong games vs. #25 Winthrop (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, BB; 19-6) and #12 FAU (tying and go-ahead solo HRs; 3-2 ) ... tied FAU game in 7th with opposite-field shot to right-center (2-2 pitch from All-American Randy Beam) before homering vs. ace closer Craig Hughes in 9th (1-1 pitch, left-center) ... hit .438 as MVP of Alamo City Irish Baseball Classic ( 7-for-16, 4 BB, 7 RBI, 4 R, HR, 2B) ... helped Irish stage thrilling comeback vs. Southern Illinois (12-11, in 11 innings), as one of five ND players to deliver a game-saving, 2-out hit (the Irish rallied in the 9th and again in the 10th) ... sent first-pitch single up the middle (2 outs, runner on 1st) before scoring on Cody Rizzo's 2-run single (11-11) ... hit 3-run shot the next day as Irish came up short vs. Texas-San Antonio, 17-9 (3-for-4, 4 RBI, R, 2B) ... capped MVP effort by helping beat UTSA in IBC title game (3-for-4, RBI, 3 BB; 13-5) ... sent first-pitch, RBI single up the middle for 2-1 lead in 6th inning vs. #19 Arizona (4-2, in Round Rock) ... went 3-for-4 the next day vs. Texas Tech (R, 2B, BB; 8-1) ... hit team-best .462 on spring break trip (12-for-26, 9 RBI, 5 R, HR, 2 2B, 7 BB, HBP) ... walked and scored insurance run at SIU (5-3) ... made charging, backhanded stab and threw out runner at the plate in 8th inning of 7-inning opener at West Virginia (earlier RBI double in 5-3, 10-inning win) ... homered vs. Western Michigan (12-3) and smacked 3-run double that skipped over fence vs. Chicago State (15-5) ... pulled 0-1 pitch from closer Mike Gauthier into leftfield corner, plating two 8th-inning runs for 6-4 win over Boston College ... hit 3-for-4 vs. Oakland to break slump (3 R, RBI, 3B, 2 HBP; 17-5) ... went 5-12 in sweep at Georgetown (4 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP) ... his scorcher past 3rd-base bag plated 8th-inning run (5-6) in wild comeback vs. Ball State (7-6, in 15) ... hit .412 (15-for-37) during career-best 10-game hit streak (April 23-May 12) ... collected his first home run in 19 games and added 3-run double, in 3-for-4 game vs. Manchester (5 RBI, 3 R; 10-0) ... homered in game-2 at UConn (11-4) before adding his 3rd HR in 5 games the next day - as part of 10-hit, 10-run explosion in top of 1st (16-8) ... Matt Bransfield and Craig Cooper hit back-to-back HRs and Edwards left the yard two batters later for 5-0 lead ... had 2-run blast in 5-3 win over Rutgers ... postseason heroics included game-ending hit vs. Boston College in BIG EAST Tournament opener (3-2), reprising big hit vs. Gauthier (who walked Cooper intentionally to load the bases) ... drove 1-0 pitch from Gauthier into left field to end game in dramatic fashion (he earlier battled for 5th-inning walk vs. 1st-rounder Chris Lambert and scored for 2-1 deficit) ... went 2-for-3 vs. St. John's in BIG EAST winners-bracket game (2 R, HR, BB, HBP) ... named to NCAA South Bend Regional all-tournament team (4-for-15, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 HR, 2B) - thanks to solo shots over both fences in final game vs. Arizona (3-for-4, 3 R; 6-7).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned 2nd team all-region honors from American Baseball Coaches Association and 1st team all-BIG EAST, after comeback from broken leg that sidelined him for most of '02 ... tied Kris Billmaier as ND leaders in games started (62, of 63) while leading all BIG EAST players with 69 RBI (9th in ND history) ... led Irish in two other major categories, ranking 8th among BIG EAST players in slugging (.568) and 12th in HRs (8) ... trailed only Sollmann in three others, finishing 3rd among BIG EAST players in total bases (130), 5th in hits (86) and 9th in batting (.376) - while his 16 2Bs trailed only Billmaier (7th in BIG EAST) ... led team in nine categories, including on-base pct. (.439), 2-out RBI (24), batting with runners on (.397) and in scoring position (.435; 59 points above his overall avg.), and batting vs. RHPs (.407) ... 2nd on team in walks (25) and 2-out batting (.346), 3rd in leadoff on-base (.477) ... his other stats included 40 runs (2 3B, 4 HBP, 39 Ks, 2-5 SB) ... posted .973 fielding pct. (.985/4 Es at first base, .926/5 Es at third base) ... led team with .371 batting on the road ... split starts at third (27) and first (30; also 2 as DH) ... hit mostly in 3-hole (41 starts), plus 17 in cleanup spot ... totaled 27 multi-hit games, team-best 21 with multiple RBI ... hit .366 in BIG EAST regular season, leading league with 26 RBI in league play (10th with .573 league slugging; 3 HR, 10 BB) ... went 3-for-4 in opener vs. Dayton (R, 2B; 10-9, at ASU) ... hit 3-for-4 in battle with Wake Forest, at Minnesota Metrodome (2-1, in 13) ... batted 4-for-7 in two wins over Navy, in Jacksonville (3 RBI, 3 R, HR, 2B, HBP) ... had big series vs. Georgetown (6-for-11, 9 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 BB) ... named BIG EAST player of the week for March 31-April 6 (9-for-14, 10 RBI, 3 HR, 3B, 2 BB) ... capped week with pair of booming HRs to dead-center in doubleheader at St. John's (6-for-9, 5 RBI, 5 R, 3B, SB) ... helped win wild 13-12 game at Creighton (4-for-6, 5 RBI, R, HR, 2B) ... hit 5-for-9 in showdown series vs. West Virginia (RBI, R, BB, HBP) ... continued surge vs. Cincinnati (3-for-5, 2 RBI, R, HR, 2B; 9-6) and at Virginia Tech (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R; 12-4) before helping win BIG EAST Tournament (8-for-18/.444, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, BB) - including 2-for-5 vs. WVU (RBI, R; 9-1) and 2-for-4 in winners-bracket game vs. Rutgers (R; 9-3) ... delivered big hit in title game vs. Rutgers (11-3), clearing bases with 1st-inning double (3-for-4, R, BB) ... extended hit streak to 10 games (21-for-42/.500, 14 RBI) at NCAA Regional, batting 2-for-3 vs. Arizona (3 RBI, 2 R, RBI triple; 13-5) and 2-for-4 in first game vs. host Cal State Fullerton (RBI; 3-4) ... hit 5-for-15 in the NCAA Fullerton Regional.
AS A FRESHMAN: Hit .290 in first nine games, making eight starts at shortstop (4 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 Ks, SB, 6 E/.806) before broken leg in USC game ... entered opener vs. Missouri as pinch-hitter and played SS next eight games ... hit in No. 2 spot vs. host New Orleans, collecting early RBI double and late single as Irish surged to 7-5 lead (2 R; 7-8) ... closed 4-for-11 weekend with RBI single vs. Southern Illinois (2-6) ... hit 4-for-12 at Homestead (Fla.) Challenge, vs. Duquesne (R, 2 BB, SB; 6-0), Fairfield (RBI single; 6-4), Florida International (RBI single; 4-13), and Sacred Heart (2-for-3, BB; 4-1) ... had a hit in opening loss to TCU (3-7) at Round Rock (Texas) Classic ... saw his season come to painful end in 4th inning vs. USC, after freak collision as he tried to field a popup in shallow left field (the Irish rallied, 15-8).
PREP & PERSONAL: Capped stellar career by leading Lee-Davis High School to state title, with his 3-run HR winning state semifinal ... played mostly third base ... hit team-best .460 as senior (8 HR, 20 RBI, 36 BB - all team highs) on 23-5 team ... posted .440 career batting (24 HR, 97 RBI) ... district player of the year, all-state as senior, four times all-conference and all-district ('00 player of year), twice 2nd team all-region, twice 1st team all-region ('00, `01) ... helped team win three conference titles (`98, `99, `01), '01 regional title ... hit .404 as junior (18 RBI, 4 HR, 22 BB, 22 GP) ... played on '00 team stocked with college prospects (.470, 7 HR, 37 RBI) ... hit .430 as freshman (5 HR, 22 RBI) ... homered in three of first four regional playoff games ... three times 1st team all-region academic ... hit .592 in '00 American Legion season (38 RBI) ... a '96 AAU All-American and AAU all-state pick in '98, when he homered in first AB (at Smith Stadium, spring training home of Cincinnati Reds) ... as 14-year-old, hit 9 HRs and double in first 11 ABs at AAU State Tournament (with Richmond Virginians) ... attended '00 Team One National Showcase (Tempe, Ariz.) ... helped Virginians finish 4th in nation ('96) ... played in state all-star game ... earned three letters as basketball forward ... led team in scoring as junior and senior ... registered first slam-dunk by LDHS player in seven years ... graduated with 3.91 GPA ... member of National Honor Society ... father Norman "Cookie" Edwards was catcher at Stetson from '70-`74 ers were ranked as high as 10th) ... born March 16, 1983, in Richmond, Va. ... son of Norman and Diane Edwards ... full name is Matthew Marchetti Edwards ... political science major in College of Arts and Letters.