8 Joel Matheny
Coach Farley on Matheny: "Joel was somewhat inconsistent last year, but that is typical for most freshmen getting their first taste of Division I baseball. He showed flashes of the kind of defender and hitter we think he can be. He'll have the opportunity to earn the starting job at shortstop, and he's also comfortable at third base." 2006: Named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team...started in 42 of 49 contests...fifth on the team with 25 runs scored and eight doubles...posted a .362 slugging percentage...went 3-for-4 with two runs scored against IPFW (2/24)...went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI against Cleveland State (4/2)...posted a 2-for-3 showing with four RBI against Wright State (4/11)...High School: First team All-State shortstop as a senior at LaPorte High School...all-conference and high school team MVP...named MVP of the Duneland Conference...batted .450 with 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in as a senior...earned three varsity baseball letters...high school coach: Scott Upp...Personal: Born October 31, 1986...son of Angie Zielinski...exploratory major.