Matheny Earns Invitation to Team USA Training Camp
June 6, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State outfielder Tate Matheny has earned an invitation to compete for a roster spot on the nation's premier summer collegiate team, as the sophomore has been tabbed to take part in the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team's training camp in Cary, N.C., beginning June 19.
Matheny becomes the sixth Bear to be selected to compete with Team USA during head coach Keith Guttin's tenure and the first position player to earn an invitation since Ryan Howard in 2000. 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. The St. Louis native 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.
Matheny, who 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. A First-Team All-MVC selection this spring, he led all MVC batters with 35 hits in league play and ranked among the conference's statistical leaders in nearly every significant offensive category during the Valley season. Matheny 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. An All-MVC Tournament selection this year as well, he 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.
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn and assistant coaches Rob Childress (Texas A&M), Ray Birmingham (New Mexico) and Steve Rodriguez (Pepperdine) will lead the 2014 Collegiate National Team, which is comprised of some of the top collegiate baseball players in the country.
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team's final 24-man roster will be set June 29, followed by a summer schedule that will include international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan, as well as a trip to Cuba and the Honkbal Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.