MSU locks down borders with talented class that includes nine of the top 31 prep players in the Show-Me State
White squad rallies from 3-1 deficit with wins in Games 5 and 6
Maroon team scores six times in 8th to overcome deficit, take 3-1 series lead
Challenging 56-game slate awaits Bears in 25th Missouri Valley Conference season
Three-run fourth inning sparks White team in Game 1 victory
Tate Matheny Discusses the Bears' Offensive Effort vs. SIU
Tate Matheny Discusses MSU's 6-4 Loss to Oklahoma State
Tate Matheny Talks About His Two-Hit Day Against Indiana State
2014: Matheny captured MSU's Willis Award as team MVP for the second straight year 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...Named ABCA All-Midwest Region after leading MSU in slugging (.528), on-base percentage (.421), total bases (115), runs scored (42), RBIs (37) and multi-hit games (23) for the season...Charged with just one miscue in 155 defensive chances while starting 54 of the Bears' 57 games in center field to earn MVC All-Defensive Team honors as well...Ranks sixth in MSU history with a .990 career fielding percentage...The St. Louis native has started all 108 games of his Missouri State career, is the Bears' active leader in home runs (14) and hitting with a .333 career average...Hit in a career-best 13 straight games, Feb. 15-March 15, hitting .327 (18-for-55)...Reached safely in 21 consecutive outings, April 8-May 11...Notched the first of his six three-hit games Feb. 25 to help the Bears defeat Oral Roberts...Scored three of the Bears' 12 runs at Abilene Christian (Feb. 28); hit his first homer of the season against the same ACU squad a week later at the UTA Hilton Invitational...Went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and another long ball March 11 at SEMO...Logged a trio of two-hit games in a five-game stretch, March 15-23...Hit .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs and six RBIs in the Bears' three-game MVC series with Southern Illinois (March 28-30); went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a homer in a 9-5 loss (March 29), then homered twice and drove in four runs to lift MSU to a 6-5 victory in 10 innings in the rubber match the following day...Had 10 hits in 22 at-bats over a four-game stretch (April 11-18)...Homered and scored twice in a 4-2 win over Illinois State (April 18)...Went 2-for-3 with three runs batted-in at UALR (April 30), then posted back-to-back three-hit games at Dallas Baptist; clubbed a grand slam as part of MSU's 10-5 win over the Patriots (May 4)...Hit his ninth circuit clout and plated three runs in the Bears' 5-3 victory over NCAA Regional qualifier Kansas (May 7), then had five hits over a two-game span vs. league champ Evansville, sparking another MVC series win; went 3-for-5 with a home run in an 8-1 victory (May 16), before wrapping up the regular season with two hits and two runs scored the next day...Had a pair of two-hit games at the MVC Championship, including a 2-for-3 game vs. Bradley (May 22) in which he scored twice, swiped a pair of bases and drove in two runs...Became the sixth Bear to be selected for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team and the first position player to earn a roster spot since Ryan Howard in 2000; finished with the third-highest batting mark on the club with a .288 average to go along with a home run, 11 RBIs and six steals in six attempts.
2013: 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, currently 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...Sister, Katie, currently plays hockey at Ohio State...Plans to major in hospitality administration at MSU.