Matheny Honored With ABCA All-Midwest Region Team Selection
June 13, 2014
WACO, Texas - Missouri State outfielder Tate Matheny picked up yet another honor Friday, earning a spot on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region squad Friday after turning in one of the top all-around individual performances in the Missouri Valley Conference this spring.
Matheny's second-team selection by the ABCA membership represents the fourth for a Missouri State player in the last three seasons and the 41st overall for a Bear. Nick Petree earned back-to-back All-American and first-team All-Midwest Region laurels from the organization in 2012 and 2013, while Tyler Burgess picked up second-team all-region recognition as a freshman two seasons ago.
Matheny, who will compete for a roster spot on Team USA's Collegiate National squad later this month, captured Missouri State's A.E. "Ted" Willis Award as team MVP for the second straight year in 2014. 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 an MSU player since 2009.
The Bears' active leader in home runs (14) and hitting with a .333 career average, Matheny has started all 108 games of his Missouri State career. A First-Team All-MVC selection this spring, he led all MVC batters with 35 hits in league play and ranked among the Valley's statistical leaders in nearly every significant offensive category during the conference 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.