Newcomer leads the conference in batting average, ranks second in OBP
2014:Started 28 games ...Ranks seventh in B1G with .351 batting average ...Leads NU with 18 RBI and 40 hits ... Team-high 13 multi-hit games ... Made second straight scoreless relief appearance vs. Iowa (4/12-2) ... Drove in a run vs. Iowa (4/12-1) ... Hit single that led to game-tying run in bottom 9th vs. Hawkeyes (4/11) ... Equaled career highs in hits (3) and RBI (3) against Valpo (4/8) ... Pitched a scoreless inning of relief in that game ... Matched career high with three hits at Penn State (3/29) ... Hit first career triple at Eastern Michigan (3/26) ... Reached base safely in first 17 games played ... Posted a 10-game hitting streak (3/2-3/22) ... Drove in NU's lone run vs. Minnesota (3/22) ... Tied career high with three hits vs. Maine (3/14) ... Collected two hits and scored a run in win over USF (3/9) ... Had two hits, including a RBI double at Tennessee Tech (3/2) ... Made first collegiate appearance on the mound at TTU (3/1) ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (2/24) ... Batted .500 with four RBI at the Snowbird Classic (2/21-23) ... Posted a career-high three RBI vs. Nebraska-Omaha (2/22) ... Collected three hits vs. Kansas (2/21) ... Drove in NU's lone run in collegiate debut at USC (2/15).
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain ... Three-time All-Lake Conference selection ... Perfect Game All-Region honorable mention ... Star Tribune All-Metro First Team ... Batted .500 as a senior, including .606 in Lake Conference games ... Won five of six decisions on the mound and posted a 1.40 ERA in 40 innings ... Scored winning run on Senior Night to clinch conference championship ... Had three hits and fanned 15 in complete-game victory in section game at Metrodome ... Pitcher and Offensive Player of the Year for the Hornets in 2013 ... AP Scholar ... Edina H.S. Leadership and Academic award recipient.
Personal: Born Matthew Douglas Hopfner ... Son of Douglas and Susan Hopfner ... Anticipated major is undecided.