AT ILLINOIS 2008 - Sophomore: Played in two games, going 1-for-2 on the season ... Recorded his first career hit against Judson on March 24 ... Also saw action against Illinois College on April 9.
2007 - Redshirt-Freshman: Member of the UI squad.
2006 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2006 season.
Named Urbana's MVP in 2005 ... Drove in the most runs for the Tigers in 2005 ... Named honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2005 ... Earned two varsity letters in baseball at Urbana.
Born Oct. 28, 1986 ... Parents are Rick and Valerie Mathis ... Has twin sisters, Jaclyn and Samantha (17) ... Majoring in mechanical engineering ... Enjoys cars and fixing things ... Member of Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lamda Delta, Sigma Alpha Lamda, Magna Cum Laude, Pi Tau Sigma and National Society of Collegiate Scholars National Honor Societies ... Lists Albert Pujols as his favorite athlete because "not only is he an amazing athlete, he also has a huge love for other people and the game itself" ... Past summer jobs include working for Ironwood Homes, Inc., 2003-05; University of Illinois Facilities and Services Engineering Services in the summers of 2006, 2007 and 2008; Abbott Power Plant in the summer of 2007 and Henneman Engineering, Inc., from August 2008-present ... Hitting his first home run in a 9-year-old All-Star game is his earliest baseball memory ... Member of National Honor Society (2003-05), Academic Monogram (2001-05) and French National Honor Society (2003-04) at Urbana ... Plans to work as an engineer for Henneman Engineering, Inc., in the HVAC industry after graduation.