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January 15, 2015 | San Francisco State Univeristy Sports Information

SAN FRANCISCO – Former SF State Gator Matt Kavanaugh was named the manager of the San Rafael Pacifics as announced by the team's President and General Manager, Mike Shapiro, last month.  The Concord native was a member of the Gator baseball team from 2006 to 2008.   

Kavanaugh finished his career as a Gator in May of 2008 batting .332 with 132 hits of which 34 were doubles, two were triples, and 16 were home runs. He also drove in 90 runs while scoring 77 times. The two-time All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) selection played in 111 games while stealing 19 bases. His 34 doubles rank third on the Gators' career list and his 16 homeruns ties him for fourth while his 90 runs batted in ties him for seventh. In 2008, he hit 21 doubles which tied him with Pete Dearborn for the most in a single season by a Gator and his 47 runs batted tied him for seventh. His 8 homeruns, he hit during the 2006 season tied him for ninth. 

"Matt is the ideal guy to take over this team," Shapiro said.  "He has consistently commanded respect in our clubhouse, and has a former catcher, knows all aspects of the game."

For the past two seasons, Kavanaugh has been a veteran presence and mainstay behind the plate of Pacifics teams that won the Pacific Association championship in 2014 and fell one game short in 2013.  In his six years as a professional,

Kavanaugh has played for independent league teams in Reno; Victoria and Calgary, Canada, Maui and San Rafael.  The left-handed hitting catcher has a very respectable career batting average of .266 but in his two seasons in San Rafael he hit .288 with 81 RBI and 14 homeruns.   

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to manage the Pacifics," Kavanaugh said.  We already have a tremendous group of talented players and expect to build another contending team.  The fans and the city should be excited about the 2015 season.  I've really enjoyed playing in this great community and no look forward to this new role."

SF State will host its Annual Alumni Game on Saturday, January 24 at noon at Maloney Field.  Following the Alumni Game at 5pm at Jack Adams Hall on the campus of SF State, the Gators will host the 16th Annual Baseball Crab Feed.  Former Major League Baseball pitcher and current Vice President of Boras Corporation, Scott Chiamparino, will be the guest speaker.  For more information on the Alumni Game and Crab Feed, contact the SF State baseball office at 415-338-1226 or cummins@sfsu.edu

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