2014: Matheny captured MSU's Willis Award as team MVP for the second straight year in 2014 after turning in one of the top all-around performances in the Missouri Valley Conference...Powered the Bears' offense with a .330 batting mark, while his 10 home runs ranked third in the Valley and marked the first double-digit total for a Missouri State player since 2009...First-Team All-MVC selection after leading all MVC batters with 35 hits in league play and ranking among the conference's statistical leaders in nearly every significant offensive category during the Valley season...Batted .412 and slugged .671 with six homers and 57 total bases in MVC play, good for second in the conference in each category, while his 18 runs scored were third and his RBI (18) total ranked sixth...All-MVC Tournament selection...Led MSU in slugging (.528), on-base percentage (.421), total bases (115), runs scored (42) and RBIs (37) for the season and was charged with just one miscue in 155 defensive chances while starting 54 of the Bears' 57 games in center field...Became sixth Bear to be invited to compete for a roster spot on USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team.
2013: Matheny wasted no time in establishing himself as one of the Bears' top all-around players during a memorable rookie season that saw the outfielder lead the club in nearly every offensive category en route to earning Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA...Ranked eighth in the Valley in batting (.336), hits (77) and total bases (106), while also pacing MSU in runs scored (40), home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.459)...Became the seventh MSU player to be named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and the fourth in the last five seasons...Also tabbed for Second-Team All-MVC recognition, as well as MSU's Danny Cook Rookie of the Year and A.E. "Ted" Willis Team MVP honors...Averaged 1.426 hits per game, which ranks third among all Missouri State freshmen in the 50-year history of the program, trailing only all-time hits leader Matt Gardner (1.491) and 2006 National League MVP Ryan Howard (1.456)...Produced a team-best six game-winning RBIs, five of which came during MVC play, and batted .396 in 23 home dates...Hit .423 (22-for-52) vs. left-handed pitching...Posted hits in 12 straight games, April 6-26, marking his third hit streak of at least 10 games in 2013; logged at least one safety in 45 of his 54 games...Recorded his first hit and RBI as a Bear Feb. 17 vs. Tulane, going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks to open a 10-game hit streak over which he batted .415 with nine runs batted-in...Registered six multi-hit efforts over an eight-game stretch (Feb. 23-March 9) that he punctuated with a five-RBI performance vs. Northwestern (March 9) in which he hit his first collegiate home run to help the Bears pull off a three-game sweep of the Wildcats...Went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the 11th inning to propel MSU to a 6-2 win at Arkansas State (March 12)...Turned in his hottest stretch of the season March 15-31, batting .500 over a nine-game swing over which he came through with eight multi-hit performances and 20 total hits...Gashed SEMO for four hits--including a school-record matching three doubles--in the Bears' 11-4 victory (March 27)...Named MVC Player of the Week on April 1, after batting .500 (10-for-20) for the week and stretching his hit streak to 11 games in helping the Bears sweep Indiana State to garner their first top 25 ranking in nearly a decade...Went 8-for-13 (.615) during MSU's three-game sweep of Bradley (April 19-21); scored a Missouri State season-high four runs in the Bears' 12-2 win over the Braves (April 20), before wrapping up the weekend with his second straight three-hit effort in a 6-2 decision...Notched his second four-hit game as a Bear in a 3-1 victory over Wright State (May 11)...Homered eight times and drove in 41 runs while playing for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League over the summer...Named the No. 19 prospect in the Northwoods by Baseball America.
Background: Matheny helped Westminster Christian Academy capture back-to-back Missouri Class 3 state titles prior to joining the Bears program last fall...Drafted in the 23rd round (720th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals...Earned 2012 St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year honors and MHSBCA First-Team All-State recognition after batting .610 with 20 doubles, 11 triples, 11 home runs, 51 RBIs, 60 runs scored, 22 stolen bases, a .705 on-base percentage and a 1.260 slugging percentage to help the Wildcats finish with a 29-3 mark that included a 26-game win streak...A three-time Post-Dispatch All-Metro selection and PBR's No. 3 prospect in the class of 2012, Matheny batted .505 with eight doubles, 10 triples and 10 home runs as a junior in 2011; slugged 1.047 and drove home 54 baserunners while swiping 22 bags...Hit .551 with five homers, 45 RBIs and seven triples while slugging .907 in 2010 as a sophomore...Also competed in hockey as a prep.
Personal: Michael Tate Matheny is the son of Mike and Kristin Matheny...Born February 9, 1994, in St. Louis, Mo...Father, Mike, serves as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, played collegiately at Michigan and spent 13 years in the Major Leagues with four different clubs, earning four Gold Glove Awards...Mother, Kristin, competed in field hockey at Michigan...Plans to major in hospitality administration at MSU.