Left-hander pitcher that transferred from the University of North Carolina in the spring of 2008 ... Penciled in as possible starter ... Has pitched in three post-season games which included a pair of appearances in the 2007 College World Series (Rice-6/17 and Oregon State-6/23) ... One of two left-handers that will battle for starting spot in the Pirates rotation ... 2007: Made 22 appearances coming out of the bullpen ... Posted a 2-0 record with a 5.56 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched ... Did not allow a run in 15-of-22 appearances and did not surrender a hit in 13-of 22 games ... Worked at least one inning of relief in five games with a season-best 1.1 innings coming against Wake Forest (3/31) and Duke (4/14) ... Fanned a season-best two batters against Duke (4/14) ... Experienced action in two post-season games, both coming in the College World Series ... 2006: Made nine appearances on the mound and worked a total of 5.2 innings ... Also saw time at first base and went 1-for-4 with one run scored ... Struck out seven and walked four ... Posted an 11.12 ERA but allowed just three earned runs over his last eight appearances ... Best outing of the year was a two-inning stint against Towson March 21 ... Struck out three and allowed just one hit against the Tigers ... Had one hit and one run scored (2/19) in the second game of a doubleheader with Seton Hall ... Played summer ball for Fayetteville in the Coastal Plain League ... Posted a 2-1 record with a 4.37 ERA in 22.2 innings ... Made three starts and pitched in six games ... Struck out 19 and walked 10 ... High School: Four-year letterwinner for Mike Alderson at West Brunswick High School ... Three-time all-county selection ... Co-county player-of-the-year as a junior and led West Brunswick to the 2004 state title ... Earned all-conference honors as a senior ... Played in the North Carolina vs. South Carolina All-Star Game and the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game in 2005 ... Also played golf, basketball and football ... Graduated with honors ... Played with the American Legion Post 213 and hit .517 with five home runs ... Also went 5-1 on the mound ... Personal: Full name is Matthew Thomas Cox ...Born December 4, 1986 in Shallotte, N.C. ... Son of Mike and Gerri Cox ... Has one sibling (sister).
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 2 vs. Seton Hall (2/29/06); runs: 1 vs. Seton Hall (2/29/06); hits: 1 vs. Seton Hall (2/29/06); RBI: none; home runs: none; stolen bases: none; innings pitched: 2.0 vs. Towson (3/21/06); strikeouts: 3 vs. Towson (3/21/06).