A veteran outfielder with power, size and speed ... returns for his fourth season as the Tide's starting right fielder ... an excellent defensive outfielder ... turned in several highlight-reel catches during his career ... also ranks among UA single-game, single-season and career leaders for outfield assists ... tied single-game record with two outfield assists against Auburn on April 25, 2008 ... closed the 2008 season with seven outfield assists, the 7th highest total in school history ... enters his senior season with 16 career outfield assists, second only to Scott McClanahan's (1999-2002) school-record 22 outfield assists ... played in 143 games and made 120 starts in his three-year career ... posted a .293 (141 for 482) career batting average with 20 home runs and 105 RBI ... UA's active leader with 41 career multi-hit games and 26 career multi-RBI games ... also hitting .400 (2-for-5) in his career as pinch hitter with one home run and five RBI ... slugged pinch-hit home run in first career SEC Tournament at bat against LSU in 2006 ... hitting .500 (8-for-16) with one double and 16 RBI in his career with the bases loaded ... coming off his most productive season, where he hit .303 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI ... named to the 2008 SEC Good Works team following his junior season ... one of the Crimson Tide's most accessible players and is constantly surrounded by children after each home game ... member of the Alabama Athletic Department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a strong member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... seen throughout the school year speaking and reading to children at local elementary schools, such as Taylorville Primary School (being responsible and working hard), Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School ("Red Ribbon Week" about staying away from drugs and alcohol) and Sprayberry Education Center ("Team Spirit Day") ... also involved in the UA Athletic Department's Halloween Extravaganza, offering local children a safe place to celebrate Halloween ... vital part of the UA's Project Angel Tree, which provides Christmas gifts to local children whose parents are incarcerated.
CUBA FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT:
Matthes played in three games and earned two starts in the Tide's three-game exhibition series against Cuba ...he was UA's second-leading hitter with a .286 (2 for 7) average and added one home run and two RBI ... went 2 for 3 in the series opener, including a game-tying two-run home run in the fourth inning on Dec. 16 ... it was the only home run by either team in the three-game series.
CAREER Postseason NOTES:
Leads the UA team with 18 career postseason games and 14 starts ... batting .310 (18 for 58) with two home runs and 13 RBI ... also scored 14 runs ...leads UA with 10 SEC Tournament games and nine starts ... hitting .333 (12 for 36) in his SEC Tournament career with one home run and seven RBI ... made SEC Tournament debut against LSU on May 24, 2006 and slugged pinch-hit, two-run home run in his first at-bat ... went 3-for-13 (.231) with one home run and three RBI at the 2006 SEC Tournament ... went 3-for-8 (.375) at the 2007 SEC Tournament, including a three-hit game against Florida (3-for-4) on May 24 ... named to 2008 SEC All-Tournament Team after turning in his best post season as a junior ... he hit .400 (6 for 15) in four SEC Tournament games with three runs scored and four RBI ... recorded three hits and two RBI in elimination game win over Kentucky on May 23, 2008 ... team-leader in NCAA postseason experience ... played in eight NCAA Regional games and made seven starts ... hitting .273 (6 for 22) in NCAA Regional play with one home run and three RBI and six runs scored ... made NCAA Tournament debut against Jacksonville State on June 2, 2006 ... made first start against Troy on June 3, 2006 ... went 2-for-4 and scored two runs against North Carolina at the NCAA Super Regional on June 9, 2006 ... stroked two-run home run in win over East Carolina on May 30, 2008 at NCAA Conway Regional ... also scored three runs in the win.
Coming off his most productive season ... played in 61 games and made 56 starts for the Tide ... hit .303 (69 for 228) with 11 home runs and 52 RBI ... also added 45 runs scored and 11 doubles ... posted career highs in runs scored (45), hits (69), doubles (11), home runs (11), RBI (52) and walks (15) ... second on the team with 14 multi-RBI games ... ranked fifth on team with 19 multi-hit games ... hit .257 (29 for 113) in 29 SEC games with five home runs and 19 RBI ... an excellent defensive outfielder ... tied UA single-game record with two outfield assists against Auburn on April 25 ... led team with seven outfield assists, the 7th highest single-season total in school history ... opened the season by going 2 for 4 in season opener against Cal Poly on Feb. 22, including three-run home run that gave the Tide the lead ... posted nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 23-March 8, where he batted .341 (14 for 41) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and nine runs scored ... stroked season-high two doubles against UT Arlington on Feb. 28 ... had four straight two-hit games from March 2-8 ... went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI in win over Youngstown State on March 7 ... went 2 for 3 with career-high five RBI in win over Jacksonville State on March 25 ... season-high four hits and three runs scored at Tennessee on April 12 ... went 3 for 4 with home run and matched season-high of five RBI in series-opening win at Arkansas on May 2 ... slammed three-run home run against Florida on May 11 that keyed amazing late-inning comeback in an 8-7 win ... UA trailed 7-2 at the time of the home run and eventually tied the game in the eighth inning and won the game in the ninth ... named to the 2008 SEC Good Works team for his countless hours of community service ... named 2008 SEC All-Tournament Team ... hit .400 (6 for 15) in four tournament games with three runs scored and four RBI ... recorded three hits and two RBI in elimination game win over Kentucky on May 23 ... stroked two-run home run in win over East Carolina on May 30, 2008 at NCAA Conway Regional ... also scored three runs in the win ... hit safely in six of his seven postseason games.
Played in 51 games for the Tide ... started 50 games at three different positions, including right field (43), left field (6) and designated hitter (1) ... had his best season at the plate with a .307 (61-for-199) average, eight home runs and 45 RBI ... compiled a .452 slugging percentage and a .350 on-base percentage ... had seven stolen bases in eight attempts ... ranked third on the team with 19 multi-hit games ... was second on the team with 10 multi-RBI games ... reached base in 42 of 51 games ... hit safely in 40 of 52 games ... went 4-for-9 (.444) with the bases loaded ... opened the season with an 11-game RBI streak (Feb. 11-28), the second-longest in school history (Sam Bozanich had a 13-game RBI streak in 2000) ... also opened the year with seven-game hitting streak, batting .414 (12-for-29) from Feb. 10-18 ... recorded an inside-the-park home against Troy on Feb. 14, the Tide's first since 1995 ... was the team's leading hitter against Canisius (Feb. 16-18), hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs and nine RBI in a three-game sweep ... homered in back-to-back games against the Golden Griffin's on the way to hitting three home runs with seven RBI in the final two games ... named the SEC Player of the Week, earned a spot on the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll and was named the CollegeBaseballInsider.com Southeast Regional Player of the Week following the Canisius series ... the leading hitter against Villanova (Feb. 23-24), going 5-for-11 (.455) with three runs scored and three RBI, including a 3-for-4 outing with one RBI and one outfield assist in UA's 5-3 win on Feb. 24 ... led UA with four home runs and 19 RBI in February ... slugged a two-run home run vs. Tennessee Tech (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) on March 7 ... swatted a solo home run against Mississippi Valley State on March 21 ... posted a season-high nine-game hitting streak from March 14-30, hitting .300 (12-for-40) with six runs scored, one home run and eight RBI over that stretch ... hit safely in seven straight SEC games (March 16-30) and had an eight-game (March 16-30) RBI streak in league play ... stroked a solo home run in the ninth inning vs. Georgia (April 13) as UA avoided its first home SEC shutout since 1992 (211 games) ... hit .417 (5-for-12) with six RBI against South Carolina (April 27-29), his best SEC series of the 2007 season ... went 2-for-4 with double and two RBI in a win over Mississippi Valley State in May 1 ... missed six of the last nine regular-season games with a strained oblique muscle ... closed the season with three hits in an SEC Tournament loss to Florida on May 24 ... played in the summer of 2006 for the Winter Pines (Fla.) Warthogs in the Florida Collegiate Summer League ... named the Warthogs' Most Valuable Player after starting 27 games at third base and hitting .274 (29-for-106) with seven home runs and 15 RBI ... led the league with seven home runs and ranked fifth with a .519 slugging percentage ... in addition to power numbers, he was 8-for-8 in stolen bases and posted a .905 fielding mark ... also earned FCSL Player of the Week accolades after going 4-for-9 (.444) with two home runs and three RBI in late June.
Played in 31 games as a true freshman ... made 14 starts ... hit .200 (11-for-55) with one home run and eight RBI ... hit .286 (6-for-21) in his last eight games with one home run and five RBI ... in 11 SEC games, he was 2-for-15 (.133) with one RBI ... collected first career hit at No. 6 Nebraska on March 12 ... went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in 13-3 win over No. 20 Southern Mississippi on March 15 ... collected two hits and one RBI at No. 23 Georgia on March 19 ... slugged a pinch-hit, two-run home run against LSU in the first round of the SEC Tournament on May 24 ... tallied one hit and one RBI against Troy in the championship game of NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on June 4 ... went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI against No. 5 North Carolina in the NCAA Super Regional on June 10.
A 2005 graduate of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., where he played for Coach Chip Gierke ... in his final two seasons, he hit .431 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI ... a 2005 First-Team All-State, All-Central Florida and All-County selection ... hit .409 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 23 games as a senior in 2005 ... played in the 2005 Florida High School All-Star Game in Jacksonville ... hit .446 with five home runs and 18 RBI as a junior in 2004 ... named a 2004 AFLAC High School All-American ... played in the 2004 AFLAC High School All-American All-Star Game in Aberdeen, Md. ... recognized as the best AAU player in the nation when he was awarded the Disney and Sears Excellence Achievement and Recognition Award for sportsmanship, commitment, teamwork and academic achievement in 2000 ... participated in the 2004 Baseball America World Wood Bat Association Championships (Ft. Myers, Fla.), the 2004 Perfect Game Championships (East Cobb, Ga.) and Perfect Game and Team One national showcases ... also played football.
Full name is Kent Richard Matthes ... son of Dieter and Connie Matthes ... has one sister, Crista ... his father, Dieter, played football at the University of Miami ... his uncle, Chuck Richard, also played football for the Hurricanes.