Matthes Provides Moment To Remember
Kent Matthes' incredible week ranked No. 21 on the top 100 college baseball moments from the 2009 season. In a seven-day span he hit .550 (11-for-20) with six home runs, 15 RBI, 11 runs scored, two doubles, one triple, and a 1.650 slugging percentage. He tied an Alabama record with home runs in five straight games.
The week began on Sunday, Feb. 22, when Matthes went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in an 8-4 loss to Southeast Missouri State. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Matthes started a new week by hitting for the cycle in Alabama's 11-4 win over Nicholls State. He tripled in the third inning, hit a solo home run in the fifth, led off the seventh with a double, and then capped his big night with an eighth inning RBI single. It was the fifth cycle in Alabama history and the first since 2000. It was also the third cycle in the history of Alabama's Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The following day, he launched a 10th inning walk-off home run to cap Alabama's improbable 8-7 comeback win over Nicholls State; the Tide trailed the game 7-0 in the 5th inning. Matthes drew a walk and later scored in the Tide's four-run fifth inning, and later doubled and scored in the seventh. Alabama tied the game in the ninth inning, and then Matthes launched a 1-0 pitch off the Sewell-Thomas scoreboard for the first walk-off HR of his career.
He capped the week with another game-winning home run in game one of a doubleheader vs. Illinois-Chicago. The three-run shot in the sixth inning came with Alabama trailing the Flames 2-0. The Tide would win the game 4-2. In game two of the twin bill Matthes goes yard again en-route to a 2-for-3 game with three runs scored and four RBI. For his efforts he was named National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week.
Matthes concluded his senior season with a .358 batting average with 28 home runs and 81 RBI. He was the NCAA leader with 28 home runs along with Middle Tennessee State slugger Bryce Brentz His slugging percentage ranked third nationally while his RBI tied for 11th nationally. A 2009 consensus All-American, Matthes was named the SEC Player of the Year. He was fourth round pick of the Colorado Rockies.
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