One of three seniors on the Crimson Tide roster, Bentley returns for this fifth season in the Tide baseball program and his second as the starting first baseman ... has played in 109 career games for the Tide, including 76 starts ... is hitting .290 (84-for-290) in his career with 12 home runs and 53 RBI ... has played in 29 career SEC games and is hitting .254 (34-for-134) with nine home runs and 26 RBI ... a hard-nosed player with great work ethic ... coming off his best season at UA, where he set career highs in batting average, home runs and RBI ... has great power and was the team's second-leading home run hitter last season.
CAREER POST-SEASON NOTES: Has appeared in eight post-season games ... is hitting .250 (2-for-8) in his post-season career ... is 1-for-2 (.500) with 2 RBI as a pinch-hitter in post-season play ... has played in four SEC Tournament games, including starts against Arkansas and Florida in 2007 ... made his SEC Tournament debut against LSU on May 24, 2006 ... is hitting .143 (1-for-7) in SEC Tournament career ... has played in four NCAA Tournament games ... made his NCAA post-season debut against No. 1 Tulane on June 6, 2005 ... went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter against Green Wave ... played in two games at the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional ... drew a bases-loaded walk in a pinch-hit appearance versus Jacksonville State on June 2, 2006 ... recorded a pinch-hit single and scored a run against North Carolina in the NCAA Super Regional on June 9, 2006.
2007 (JUNIOR): Achieved career-highs for his Alabama career in batting average (.299, 58-for194), home runs (12) and RBI (36) ... played and started a career-high 53 games ... named an Honorable Mention All-SEC by SEBaseball.com ... was probably the Tide's most improved player showing increased power and excellent defensive skills at first base ... homered in seven of Alabama's 10 SEC series, including four of five road series against Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State ... posted a career-high three hits against McNeese State, Tennessee and Auburn ... tallied a career-high three RBI against both Villanova and Auburn ... reached base in 49 of 53 games ... hit safely in 41 of 53 games ... tallied 17 multi-hit games ... ranked second on the team with 10 multi-RBI games ...was the team's co-leader with nine game-tying RBI ... tied a UA single-game record with 17 putouts against Troy on Feb. 14 ... went 2-for-4 with a home run and a career-high three RBI in an 11-6 win over Villanova on Feb. 24 ... tallied three hits and two RBI in a win over McNeese State on March 2 ... posted a career-high, four-game RBI streak from Feb. 24-March 2 ... recorded a career-high eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 16-March 4, hitting .500 (14-for-28) with three doubles, one home run and 10 RBI ... homered in back-to-back games against Nebraska on March 11 and Samford on March 14 ... went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the season opener against Tennessee on March 16, matching his career high for hits in a game ... slugged his first career SEC home run (a two-run shot) against Tennessee on March 17 ... posted a seven-game hitting streak (10-for-28, .357) from March 7-17 ... scored the winning run on straight steal of home in the 10th inning at No. 1 Vanderbilt on April 8 ... stroked a walk-off, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning in the Tide's 7-6 come-from-behind win over Georgia on April 14 ... homered in back-to-back games at Auburn on April 21-22 ... played his 100th career game for the Tide at Florida on May 5 ... went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in a series-clinching win over Arkansas on May 13 ... recorded two hits and two RBI in a series-clinching win at Mississippi State on May 19.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Was a part-time starter at first base ... played in 30 games and made 11 starts for the Tide ... hit .217 (10-for-46) with one home run and eight RBI ... appeared in nine SEC games ... his lone SEC start came against Georgia on March 19 ... slugged his first career home run in the Crimson Tide's 7-4 win over Winthrop on Feb. 12 ... went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in a win over Lipscomb on March 29 ... tied the Alabama single-game record with two hits in the seventh inning in the win over the Bison ... recorded a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh inning as UA beat UAB, 4-3, on April 5 ... played for the second straight summer for the Chillicothe (Ohio) Mudcats in the MINK League during the summer of 2005 ... in 34 games, he hit .283 with three home runs and 20 RBI.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Played in 25 games and made 12 starts as a redshirt freshman ... hit .320 (16-for-50) with six extra-base hits and nine RBI ... made his UA debut and his first collegiate start at Hawai'i on Feb. 13 ... he went 1-for-4 with a double in the Tide's 9-6 win over Hawai'i ... recorded his first career two-hit game against Birmingham Southern (2-for-3, RBI) on March 9 ... collected two hits and two RBI against Miami (Ohio) (2-for-6, run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI) in an 11-10, 10-inning loss on March 13 ... tallied a career-high three RBI, including a game-tying RBI in the 8th inning, at Vanderbilt (1-for-4, a double, 3 RBI) in a 10-8 come-from-behind win on March 27 ...also recorded multi-hit games against Southern Miss (2-for-4, RBI) on March 29 and Mississippi Valley State (2-for-3, triple) on April 20 ... played for the Chillicothe (Ohio) Mudcats in the MINK League during the summer of 2004 ... played in 17 games and hit .457 with 10 RBI.
2004 (FRESHMAN): Was redshirted during the 2003-04 academic year.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman at Hazel Green High School in Huntsville, Ala. ... played for coach Jeff Bell ... played on three straight Class 5A, Area 13 championship teams ... hit .490 during his senior season ... his team lost to Muscle Shoals High School in first round of the playoffs in 2003 ... a 2003 First-Team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... a 2003 Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State honoree by The Birmingham News ... a 2003 All-Madison County Team selection ... hit .505 (46-for-91) with eight home runs and 37 RBI as a junior in 2002 as Hazel Green lost to Austin in the first round of the state playoffs ... was a 2002 First-Team 6A All-State Selection by The Birmingham News and the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... a 2002 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Participant ... named to the 2002 Huntsville Times Super All-Metro Team ... played in the 2002 North-South Alabama High School All-Star Game at Montgomery's Paterson Field ... a 2001 All-Madison County Team selection.
PERSONAL: Full name is Matthew Steven Bentley ... son of Steve and Terri Bentley ... one sister, Ashley.