Last Updated: 04/17/2012*

Baseball is synonymous with peanuts and Cracker Jacks, but there’s something else in the batter’s box that’s just as important to the game as a full count – math.

A MathMovesU® Middle School Scholarship winner, Matthew Finn of Wakefield, Mass., homered his way to a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Raytheon. Matthew wrote about his love of baseball for Raytheon’s MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship and Grant Program, which honors students and teachers who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math.

Not only should fans bring their gloves to games, but also calculators. A baseball player himself, Matthew says fans use math to record statistics of their favorite players, and sluggers can keep track of their batting averages.

“By using math, you can become a better baseball player,” he says in his presentation. “If you’re coaching, math helps you set up your team so you have a better chance of winning. Fans can enjoy the game by using math to follow the game.”

Matthew Finn

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