One of nation's top-rated infield prospects who will be looking to cash in his tremendous talents for a breakthrough season in 2004 ... slated to make the move from shortstop (where he started with the Irish in '03) to third base, where he showed great promise during the summer of '03 while playing with the Brewster Whitecaps of the prestigious wooden-bat Cape Cod League (the team included two other prep shortstops) ... the Perfect Game/Baseball America list of the nation's top college prospects (Oct. '03) slotted him 33rd overall and 4th among all college infielders, behind Florida State SS Stephen Drew (4), Georgia Tech 2B Eric Patterson (16) and Rice SS Paul Janish (28) ... has great arm strength to play on hot corner and quick first-step reactions to handle hard-hit balls - with several big-league plays during fall ball ... looking to elevate his all-around game, after adjusting to the college game in '03 (he missed most of '02 due to "Tommy John" reconstructive elbow surgery) ... driven to be a key difference-maker in '04 ... cited by BA for third straight season as "BIG EAST infielder with the strongest arm" (also dubbed "best defensive third baseman") ... proven winner whose all-around athleticism includes powerful arm, tremendous bat speed, power to all fields, excellent range and good hands ... has prototypical infielder's body (6-2, 190) to go along with great baseball instincts, quickness and agility ... could have entertained Division I scholarship offers in football as a quarterback ... led Dowling High School to state titles in football and baseball, as state player of the year in both sports ... mature performer who excelled under spotlight as top prospect ... was expected to be first Iowa player drafted in first round before slipping to 17th round (Minnesota Twins) of '01 draft, due to strong commitment to attend Notre Dame ... worked very diligently in '02 rehabilitation, under guidance of athletic trainer Mike Bean ... true team player who provided great support to his teammates during 2002 NCAA South Bend Regional and College World Series ... listed by BA as No. 3 overall '04 prospect among BIG EAST players, behind Boston College RHP Chris Lambert and Rutgers OF Jeff Frazier ... ranked second to USC's Joey Metropoulos (Falmouth Commodores) among '03 Cape Cod League home run leaders (7), also batting .172 for 24-17-3 team that shared East Division title (.231 team batting avg.) ... his other stats with Brewster included 16 RBI, 23 runs and 30 walks (7 doubles, triple, 8-of-11 stolen bases), plus 10 errors while playing third base ... selected for CCL midseason home-run derby ... hit .273 in first two seasons with Irish (48 RBI, 5 HR, 18 2B, 33 BB, 71 Ks, 7 SB in 77 GP) ... posted deceiving .206 batting in limited '02 play, filling unusual role as DH S type of player who thrives when he can make a complete impact S was ranked by BA as No. 18 prep prospect prior to '01 draft ... Team One Baseball's list of top '01 prep players, based on arm strength, rated Bryan Bass (Westminster Academy, Fla.) first and Macri second ... ranked sixth by Team One based on '01 defense and third among shortstops, behind Michael Hollimon (Jesuit Prep HS, Texas) and Bass ... one of nine freshmen on winning Gold team in '01 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (5-for-11, 4 RBI, 3 R, HR, 2 3B, 2 BB, SB) ... played key role in clinching 3-2 win, with triple and linedrive home run down leftfield line before pitching 7th to save game (he struck out hottest hitter of the series, Steve Sollmann, and induced groundout from Paul O'Toole to end game with tying run on second) ... first Iowa native to play for Notre Dame baseball in the Paul Mainieri era and 24th all-time Iowa native to letter with the program ... posted 3.21 GPA during 2003 fall semester.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Returned to action as starting shortstop in 2003, after seeing most of freshman season wiped out by elbow injury ... ranked atop team in walks (26) and triples (5), plus third in home runs (4), slugging pct. (.467), sacrifice bunts (7) and total bases (100), fourth in five categories (63 hits, 15 doubles, 6-of-9 stolen bases, 6 hit-by-pitch and 60 games started), fifth in RBI (35) and sixth in runs (41), with his other stats including .294 batting avg. (.429 at Eck Stadium), 47 strikeouts, a .386 on-base pct. and .933 fielding pct. (4 of 19 errors made opening weekend; 45 error-free games) ... helped turn 34 of 57 double plays ... grounded into just one double play (111 ABs with runners on) ... fourth on team in batting vs. LHPs (.290) and fifth with runners on (.324) but hit just .276 with runners in scoring position, .271 with 2 outs (12 RBI) ... combined with Sollmann as first ND teammates ever to total 170-plus fielding assists (Macri's 184 rank 6th in ND record book, with Sollmann adding 181) ... made 59 starts at shortstop (one at DH), hitting mostly in 6th (33) or 7th (14) spots (with five early-season starts as leadoff batter) ... fifth on team with 19 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games ... batted .259 in BIG EAST regular season (8 RBI, 13 R, HR, 8 2B to rank 6th among BIG EAST players, 11 BB, 21 Ks) ... hit 3-for-7 in pair of losses at Arizona State (3 RBI, R, HR, 2B, 2 BB, HBP) ... went 3-for-9 in two wins over Navy, in Jacksonville, Fla. (2 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, BB) ... had big game in 8-3 win over Central Michigan (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, HR, 3B, SB, HBP) ... went 3-for-6 in split with Pittsburgh (RBI, 3 R, 2 2B) ... hit 3-for-4 to help complete sweep of Seton Hall (2 R, 3B, 2B; 9-3) ... parked first pitch he saw from RHP Nick Tucci in bottom of 5th to start Irish rally from 2-0 deficit, in 3-2 game to win 7-inning opener vs. Connecticut S hit 3-for-4 vs. Michigan (RBI, 2 R; 4-8) ... went 4-for-13 in showdown series at Rutgers (2 RBI, BB) ... added lateseason 3-for-5 vs. Cincinnati (RBI, 2 R, 3B; 9-6) ... bounced back from rough BIG EAST Tournament (1-for-14, 3 RBI, 3 R, HBP) to hit 5-for-16 at NCAA Fullerton Regional (5 RBI, 2 R) ... broke open game vs. Arizona, driving full-count pitch from Derek Rodriguez over fence in left-center for 3-run shot in 4th (12-2; 13-4 win) ... played key role in elimination-game win over San Diego (3-for-4, 2 RBI, R).
AS A FRESHMAN: Endured frustrating, injury-plagued debut season that saw him limited to primarily DH duty before "Tommy John" reconstructive elbow surgery on April 10, 2002 ... hit .206 (14-for-68) while making 16 starts, with one game off the bench (14 starts at DH, 2 at 2B) ... totaled 13 RBI and 10 runs (HR, 3 2B, 7 BB, 24 Ks, SB) ... made debut in second week at Homestead (Fla.) Challenge, batting in No. 3 spot while collecting double, run and RBI single to help beat Duquesne (6-0) ... added sacrifice fly, RBI double and run in 6-4 win over Fairfield ... hit 4-for-14 at Homestead and 4-for-19 at Round Rock (Texas) Classic, including three singles and pair of RBI vs. Creighton (6-8) ... closed Spring Break 6-for-17 at Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio ... singled, scored and added sac. fly in rematch with Creighton (6-2) ... lined 0-2 pitch over leftfield fence for solo HR vs. Southern Illinois, adding RBI double (5-3) ... had walk and RBI single in rematch vs. SIU (3-2) ... hit 2-for-13 (RBI, R, BB) at UConn and 0-for-7 (R, BB) in split at West Virginia (starting 2B).
PREP & PERSONAL: Capped stellar career at Dowling High School by quarterbacking football team to 2000 state title before leading nationally-ranked baseball team to state title in summer of '01, earning state player-of-the-year honors in both sports (also DHS male student-athlete of the year) ... named Gatorade player of the year for state of Iowa (not eligible for Baseball America's All-America team due to summer season) ... one of four athletes named by Student Sports Magazine as National High School "Super Achievers" ... first freshman position player to start at Dowling in 30 years ... hit .465 from No. 2 spot as senior (9 HR, 51 RBI) on 42-3 state champ (HR vs. Marshalltown in 13-2 title game) ... his career stats included .444 batting, 28 HR and 127 RBI in 124 games (43 2B, 6 3B, .855 slugging, 144 R, 23 SB, 74 BB, just 35 Ks) ... totaled 2.03 ERA and 6-1 career pitching record (7 saves, 41.1 IP, 52 Ks, 25 BB, .231 opp. batting) ... one of two members of U.S. Junior National Team named all-tournament at Junior Pan American Games (Sonora, Mexico; spring '00) ... batted .353 as member of that bronze-medal team (9 GP, 7 RBI, 9 BB, 3B, 2B, 5 SB, 12 R) ... hit .396 or higher in each season at Dowling ... his other '01 stats: 20 2B, 3 3B, .879 slugging, 60 R, 40 BB, 9 SB ... earned third team All-America honors from National High School Baseball Coaches Association as junior, when his slugging topped out at 1.025 (.462, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 15 2B, 17 BB, 4 SB, 49 R, 40 GP) ... led Dowling to four conference titles, '00 regional title and two state titles ('99, '01) ... twice all-state, three times all-conference ... team captain as senior ... played just seven games as sophomore, after batting .398 as honorable mention all-conference freshman (20 RBI, 2 HR, 8 2B, 30 R, 13 BB, 10 SB, 33 GP) ... member of BA's east all-star team at 2000 Area Code Games, where he was rated by Team One as the ACG's No. 8 prospect ...played with White Sox east all-star team in '00 Area Code Games ... three-year letterwinning quarterback who helped team win three conference titles, national ranking in '99 and '00 state title (first-ever for Dowling) ... named Mr. Football for state of Iowa in 2000, earning all-state and all-conference ... team captain as senior ... led team to undefeated 2000 season (11-0), passing for over 2,000 yards, 22 TDs and 3 interceptions (.600 completion pct.) while rushing for 1,500-plus yards and 11 TDs (beat Bettendorf 35-28 in title game) ... set team records for rushing TDs by a QB (11) and passing yards ... played basketball as freshman and sophomore ... received academic all-conference honors ... student ambassador and member of Aquinas Key ... made official visit on weekend of 2000 ND-Stanford football game ... father Mike Macri played football at Simpson College ... born May 29, 1982, in Des Moines, Iowa . ... son of Mike and Audrey Macri ... full name is Matthew Michael Macri ... political science major in College of Arts and Letters.