Baseball

    Spotlight on Kevin Mathews

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    After losing nine letterwinners from last season's squad, the Indiana baseball team welcomes 17 newcomers this season. In the coming weeks we will feature each IU newcomer leading up to the team's Feb. 22 opener against DePauw. Kevin Mathews is next up in the spotlight.

    Kevin Mathews registered a .531 batting average as a junior in 2003 and a .490 batting average as a senior, as he was selected team MVP both seasons at Upper St. Clair High School. The 5-10 outfielder from Pittsburgh garnered all-section and first team all-state honors for his efforts.

    A three-year letterman under head coach Jerry Malarky, Mathews broke the school-record 25-game hitting streak that was previously held by former Hoosier and major leaguer Kevin Orie with a 31-game hitting streak. Additionally, he swiped 22 stolen bases in 22 attempts.

    An outstanding prep football player, Mathews lettered three years and, in addition to earning team MVP honors, he was named all-state and Big 33. Mathews also earned Area Player of the Year honors.

    The son of Richard and Cindy Mathews has three brothers, Eric, Bryan and Gordon. Kevin plans to study sport marketing and management.

    HEAD COACH BOB MORGAN ON MATHEWS:
    "Kevin is a good defensive outfielder who has improved offensively. He is a very good competitor and loves to play the game. We are happy to have him in our program."


    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH Kevin Mathews

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

    High School: Upper St. Clair High School
    Position: Outfield
    Height/Weight: 5-10/180
    Bat/Throw: R/R


    Should Pete Rose be eligible for the Hall of Fame?
    Yes, he was a great player.

    If it is proven that any athlete has taken steroids, should their records include an asterisk?
    Yes

    Should steroids be illegal?
    No

    Should the NCAA eliminate aluminum bats?
    Yes, it would make the games more like the pros.

    If you could face one pitcher in baseball history, whom would you face?
    Cy Young

    Who is your favorite team?
    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Who is your favorite player?
    Roberto Clemente

    Who is the best hitter in baseball?
    Albert Pujols

    Who is the best pitcher in baseball?
    Roger Clemens

    What is the best coaching advice you have ever received?
    "Everything takes time, just work at getting better."

    Should there be a salary cap in major league baseball?
    Yes, it would make the league fairer.

    Should the NCAA impose a mandatory season opener on all NCAA institutions?
    Yes


     

     

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