|41 Ryan Mathews
2008 (Freshman): Appeared in 54 of Western's 57 games, making 47 starts including 21 in right field, 17 in left field and nine as the designated hitter ... Finished the year just below the .300 batting average plateau at .297 with 57 hits in 192 at bats ... Ranked third on the team with 17 doubles, adding a triple and five home runs for a .474 slugging percentage ... Posted a career-long, 15-game hitting streak from mid-March through early April ... Opened his streak with a career-best 4-for-7 outing against Hartford, belting his first two collegiate career home runs and driving in a career-high four ... Legged out his first career triple against Wofford, driving in the game-winning run as WCU downed the Terriers, 5-3 ... Finished with 12 multiple hit games and nine multiple RBI games as a rookie.
Prior to Western: Signed last fall to play at Florida before the Gators went through a coaching change at the end of the 2007 season ... Transferred into WCU prior to the Spring 2008 semester.
High School: Earned honorable mention all-state recognition in Class 3A at Boone HS when he was 4-1 on the mound and turned in a stellar batting average of .406 as a first baseman for head coach Pete Post ... Collected All-Central Florida, All-Orange County and All-Metro Conference accolades ... As a sophomore, was a second-team all-state selection after leading the 6A state runner-up squad in hitting (.429), runs batted in (36) and doubles (11) ... On the hill, he sported a 5-1 mark and a 1.05 ERA on his way to first-team All-Central Florida, All-Orange County and All-Metro Conference kudos ... He was also a member of Chet Lemon's Orlando Juice squad that captured the World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) Championship and was part of AAU national title teams in 1999 and 2002 ... 2007 Perfect Game ranked him the #123 prospect in the nation and #36 ranked positional player.