Career: Played in 199 games with 181 career starts … Closed his WCU career ninth in the program history with nine triples … Ranked tied for 16th with 41 career stolen bases coming on the 13th-most attempts (52) … Finished his career with a .381 on-base percentage, 18th in the WCU career record books.
2019 (Redshirt Senior): Played in 51 of the team’s 53 seasonal games with 50 starts … 42 of his seasonal starts came in center field with seven in left field and once as the designated hitter, doing so after returning from a hamstring injury in the SoCon tournament … Led the Catamounts – and the Southern Conference through the end of the regular season and conference tournament – with a .361 seasonal batting average … With 28 total extra-base hits – 10 doubles, five triples, and a team-best 13 home runs – led the SoCon with a .649 slugging percentage … Named to the first-team All-Southern Conference in the outfield … Enjoyed a team-best 16-game hitting streak from April 6 through May 4 that included six, multi-hit games … Posted a team-best 21-game reached base safely streak … Drew 23 walks and was plunked eight times for a .445 on-base percentage … Finished with 20 multiple-hit games including a season-high four, four times while also leading the team with 13 multiple RBI games including a career-best six at Marshall (April 3) … Named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (April 8) after belting a career-best three home runs and six RBI in the road game at Marshall … Collected four hits including a pair of doubles and five RBI in a road win at UNCG (March 30) … Homered as a part of a 4-for-4 showing at Prasco Park in a neutral field win over Eastern Kentucky (May 14).
2018 (Redshirt Junior): Played in all 58 of the team’s games on the season with 55 starts … Made 22 starts in left field and 33 in center field … Batted .241 with 51 hits in 212 plate appearances with 19 extra base hits including 10 doubles, two triples, and a single-season career-high seven home runs … Finished the season with 13 multiple hit games and five multi-RBI outings … Had a season-long hitting streak of five-straight games … Drove in 23 runs to match his single-season career-high while scoring 31 times on the season … Led the team with a career-high 11 stolen bases finishing 11-of-13 … Matched a single-game career-high with three hits three times, doing so at East Carolina (Feb. 17), against Appalachian State (Feb. 27) and again at VMI (April 14) … Recorded a career-high seven plate appearances against Canisius (Feb. 24) … Homered twice with four RBI at home against Marshall (March 6) … Tallied hits in 10 of his final 12 games of the year including carrying a three-game hitting streak into the 2019 season while also having reached base safely in seven-straight games … Named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll; Summer League: Played for the Purcellville Cannons in the Valley League … Played in 41 games over the summer, finishing with a .256 batting average with 33 hits in 129 at-bats including five doubles and a home run … Drove in 16 runs while scoring 24 … Recorded 10 multi-hit games and three multiple-RBI outings.
2017 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 52 games with 47 starts including 45 in left field and two in center field ... Batted .303 on the season with 53 hits including 18 for extra bases with 13 doubles, two triples, and three home runs ... Drove in his single-season career-best 23 runs ... Finished the season with 13 multiple hit games and multiple RBI four times including a career-high five in a win over North Carolina A&T (Feb. 19) that included first career home run ... Finished 8-of-12 in stolen bases, collecting two against VMI (April 21) ... Collected hits in 17 of the first 18 games of the season including a career-long nine-game hitting streak ... Reached base safely in 14-straight games late in the season ... Scored a career-best four runs against VMI (April 21) ... Missed a handful of games late in the year due to a hand/wrist injury -- but when he returned to the lineup, batted 9-for-28 (.321) with six walks ... Collected a career-high three doubles in a win at Mercer (May 18); Summer League: Played in 49 games for the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Growlers in the Northwoods League ... Batted .234 with 39 hits including four doubles, two tripiles, and five home runs ... Drove in 26 runs while scoring 27 on the summer ... Drew 39 walks and stole five bases.
2016 (Sophomore): Suffered a knee injury during off-season training ... Took a medical redshirt in 2016 ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Freshman): Saw action in 38 games with 29 starts in the outfield including 23 in center field and six in left field ... Batted .233 with 21 hits in 90 plate appearances, tallying four doubles ... Recorded six multi-hit games, all two-hit outings ... Put together a pair of three-game hitting streaks, the second of which included three-straight, two-hit games ... Walked 10 times ... Scored 16 runs while driving in six ... Finished 5-for-6 in stolen bases ... Broke a five-game hitless streak to start his career by collecting his first collegiate base hit with a single in the home win over Kennesaw State (March 18) ... Drove in his first career run at UNCG (March 21) ... Tallied his first extra-base hit with a double as a part of his first two-hit performance against Wofford (April 3) ... Named to the 2014-15 SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was twice named All-CAP-8 over his final two seasons as a prep ... Batted a career-best .370 as a senior with 12 doubles, eight triples and a home run ... Hit .310 as a junior with 12 extra base hits ... Collected 35 stolen bases over three years on varsity ... Was also a two-time all-conference selection in football his final two seasons.
Personal: Full name is Matthew McGrath Koehler ... Was born in Chicago, Ill. ... Is the son of David and Jane Koehler ... Both of his parents were student-athletes at North Carolina State with his father playing baseball and his mother was a diver for the swimming & diving team ... Has two younger brothers, Henry and Will.
Career Game Highs:
- At Bats: 7, CANISIUS (2/24/18)
- Hits: 4, five times (MR: vs. Eastern Kentucky, 5/14/19)
- Runs: 5, twice (MR: at UNC Asheville, 3/6/19)
- Doubles: 3, at Mercer (5/18/17)
- Home Runs: 3, at Marshall (4/3/19)
- RBI: 6, at Marshall (4/3/19)
- Walks: 3, at Ball State (5/18/17)
- Hitting Streak: 16 games (4/6/19 - 5/4/19)