Began the 2003 season at Louisiana Tech as a starter before being moved to a bullpen/spot starter role... Hampered by a shoulder injury during the first half of the season... Pitched well toward the end of the season, especially in WAC play... Led team with a 2.72 ERA in WAC in 39.2 innings and saved two contests... Earned Bulldogs’ win in the season opener with three innings of relief against Centenary... Tossed 4.1 shutout innings in relief against Rice... Posted a win and save against Hawaii in the first two games of that WAC series... Posted a 14-1 record with a 2.20 ERA in 2002 at Angelina JC... Earned NJCAA All-America honors... Also named to All-Region and All-Conference Teams... Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Graduated from West Columbia High in 2000... Received All-State, All-County and All-District honors.
Full name is Matthew Roy Varner... Born on Jan. 16, 1982, in Houston, Texas... Son of Wanda and Darrell Varner... Business major.