At Missouri State: Ben Carlson underwent successful elbow surgery in the offseason and will be able to play in the field this year at first base after an all-American sophomore season where he was limited to the DH role.
2008: Carlson became MSU's first baseball player to reach all-America status both athletically and academically in 2008, despite playing the year with a damaged left elbow that required surgery, earning first-team all-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and a third-team spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America squad ... Was also first-team ABCA all-region and first-team academic all-district ... On the conference level, Carlson was named to both the all-MVC and MVC Scholar-Athlete first teams ... Was the MVC Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Week for performances the week of April 14-20 when he hit .526 with 10 RBIs in five games ... Hit .379 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs for the season while starting all 57 games at designated hitter ... Ranked among the Valley's leaders in average (.379 - 5th), hits (82 - 7th), runs (56 - 6th), homers (17 - 1st), RBIs (67 - 4th), on-base percentage (.469 - 6th) and slugging (.678 - 2nd) ... Led the Bears with 19 multiple-RBI games and had 22 multi-hit efforts, including a team-best 10 three-hit efforts ... Was hit by 16 pitches, the third-highest single-season total in school history ... Opened the season with two homers and four RBIs at Dallas Baptist (2/22) ... Went 3-for-3 with two RBIs against Iowa (3/9) ... Had three hits and scored twice versus Northern Colorado (3/14) ... Reached base safely in all five trips to the plate and drove in three runs at Southeast Missouri State (3/26) ... Had three hits, a homer and four RBIs versus Southern Illinois (3/29) ... Was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs in the Bears' win at No. 8 Wichita State (4/4) ... Belted a pair of three-run homers against Evansville (4/13) ... Went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs at Bradley (4/19) ... Belted a three-run homer against Wichita State in the MVC Tournament (5/23) ... Had a 15-game hitting streak (4/6-4/26), hitting .500 with six homers and 23 RBIs ... Hit safely in 25 of 26 games from March 21 through April 26 ... Hit .429 (33-77) with runners in scoring position.
2007: Made 33 starts at first base and three more as a designated hitter, and appeared in 43 contests overall as a freshman, finishing the year with a .274 batting average to go with five homers and 22 RBIs ... Added six doubles for a .444 slugging percentage ... Had six multiple-hit and six multiple-RBI outings ... Went 3-for-5 with a walk in his first start, against Texas-San Antonio (2/24) ... Smacked his first career homer and had two RBIs at Oral Roberts (3/7) ... Homered in the Metrodome against Minnesota (3/11) ... Was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a double at Arkansas-Little Rock (3/19) ... Went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and 11 total bases at Arkansas State (3/21) ... Belted a three-run homer at Southern Illinois (4/29) ... Had a 3-for-3 day against Evansville in the MVC Tournament (5/24).
Background: Carlson was a three-year starter for coach Steve Bushnell at Seaman High, earning all-state honors all three seasons, including a spot on the first team as a junior and senior ... Was the city and league player of the year as a senior ... Named an honorable mention Louisville Slugger High School All-American and broke the school record for career home runs ... Was a career .436 hitter in high school, bombing 18 homers and driving in 105 runs in just 75 games ... His teams won state titles his sophomore and senior seasons and finished third his junior campaign, completing a 65-10 record over that span ... Also played football and basketball in high school.
Personal: Benjamin Daniel Carlson was born October 8, 1987, to Dan and Kim Carlson in Topeka, Kan. ... Has three brothers, Chris, Nick and Zach ... Majoring in general business.