24 Matt Behren
2008: Started 25 games at catcher ... Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List prior to the season ... Hit .226 with six doubles, a triple, 11RBIs and 20 walks in 84 at bats Batted .250 with nine RBI in MAC contests ... Delivered a .333 batting average with runners on base and two outs and hit .400 with runners in scoring position with two outs ... Reached base safely in 21 games...Ranked fourth on the team in walks ... Got on base via the walk in 16 games ... Went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and three RBIs against Akron (4/13) ... Tied the game with a double and came in to score the winning run vs. Eastern Michigan (4/26-G1) ... Went 5-for-11 with three doubles, two walks, two RBIs and a run scored in the CMU series (5/2-5/4) ... Scored three runs, hit a double and stole a base against WMU (5/16).
2007: Earned team's Most Improved award ... NIU's leading hitter with a .352 average and owned the team's top on-base percentage at .443 while setting career highs with 31 RBI and 10 doubles ... Would have placed seventh in the MAC in hitting but ended the season 37 at-bats short of qualifying ... Led the Huskies with a .373 average and 16 RBI in MAC games ... Hit .482 (27-for-56) with 17 RBI and 15 runs scored over the season's final 19 games, including a season-best 10-game hit streak (5/5-25) during that stretch ... Hit safely in the final six MAC contests of the year ... Posted a .406 average with 28 hits and 19 RBI during season's second half ... Hit .467 with a .622 slugging percentage during the month of May and had a .375 average in four games at the MAC Tournament ... Ranked fourth on the team with eight multi-RBI games ... Posted a team-high .471 average against left-handed pitchers and team-best batting marks in day games (.370) and road contests (.355) ... Hit .500 (3-for-6) with eight RBI and two doubles with the bases loaded ... Went 2-for-3 in the season opener at Texas Tech (2/23) ... Had two hits, including a double, and a RBI at Southern Illinois (3/2) ... Went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and one RBI at Southern Illinois (3/4) ... Collected four RBI with a pair of doubles and one run scored in a 2-for-3 performance vs. Long Island (3/11) ... Doubled with two RBI at Chicago State (3/20) ... Walked, scored and had a RBI vs. Ohio (3/23) ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI at Akron (3/30) ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored vs. Eastern Michigan (4/27) ... Drove in four runs and scored three times in his 3-for-4 performance vs. Eastern Michigan (4/28) ... Doubled and drove in two runs in a 2-for-2 outing at UW-Milwaukee (5/2) ... Drove in three runs, doubled and scored while going 3-for-3 vs. Western Michigan (5/6) ... Had two hits with a RBI and a run scored at Ball State (5/11) ... Went 4-for-5, including a solo home run, with four runs scored and two RBI at Toledo (5/19) ... Drove in two in a 2-for-3 outing vs. Kent State at the MAC Tournament (5/23) ... Collected three hits, including a double, and scored vs. Toledo at the MAC Tournament (5/24) ... Had a RBI single and a run scored vs. Miami at the MAC Tournament (5/25) ... Drove in nine runs in 87 at-bats for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer season.
2006: Played in 41 games and made 24 starts while batting .217 with one home run and 14 RBI in his first collegiate campaign ... Walked 16 times for a .343 on-base percentage and scored 15 runs ... Homered and totaled six RBI in conference play ... Had his first collegiate RBI at Arizona State (2/5) ... Made his first collegiate start and went 1-for-3 with a run scored at Southern Illinois (3/4) ... Delivered a RBI triple and scored a run at Nevada (3/15) ... Went 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored at Nevada (3/17) ... Collected two hits and one RBI in game one of a doubleheader at Ohio (3/25) ... Went 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored in game one of a doubleheader vs. Bradley (3/28) ... Scored three runs and had two hits vs. Kent State (4/7) ... Walked twice and stole a base at Northern Iowa (4/12) ... Belted his first collegiate home run and scored two runs in a 2-for-3 performance against Central Michigan (4/23) ... Drove in two runs and scored a run with a single, walk and stolen base vs. Chicago State (4/26) ... Had a RBI single and a stolen base at Western Michigan (5/6).
High School: A three-time all-conference selection, earning Chicago Catholic League honors as a senior and East Suburban Catholic Conference accolades after his junior and sophomore years ... Named team's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and hit .434 with 13 doubles, five triples and four home runs during his senior campaign ... Earned team's Player of the Year award after batting .446 with a .652 slugging percentage as a junior ... Helped team capture consecutive regional titles while serving as captain during each of his final two seasons ... Member of High Honor Roll and National Honor Society ... Prep teammate of fellow Huskie Bobby Stevens.
Personal: Accountancy major ... Three-time Huskie Scholar (3.0-3.49 cumulative GPA) ... On schedule to graduate after completing the 2008 fall semester and will begin work on his master of accountancy science degree in the spring of 2009 ... Born Oct. 16, 1985 ... Son of Shelley and Richard Behren ... Attended the same high school as legendary NIU running back Garrett Wolfe.
BEHREN'S CAREER STATISTICS
YR AVG G/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO
2008 .226 28/25 84 14 19 6 1 0 11 1 20 17
2007 .352 49/36 128 28 45 10 0 1 31 0 19 20
2006 .217 41/24 83 15 18 3 1 1 14 4 16 16
Career .278 118/85 295 57 82 19 2 2 56 5 55 53
Long Hit Streak: 10 (2007)
BEHREN'S CAREER HIGHS
Hits: 4, at Toledo, 5/19/07
Runs Batted In: 4, twice, last vs. Eastern Michigan, 4/28/07
Runs Scored: 4, at Toledo, 5/19/07
Doubles: 2, 2x, last vs. Central Michigan, 5/2/08
Home Runs: 1, twice, last at Toledo, 5/19/07