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#16 Matt Honchel
Position: Outfield
Bats: L
Throws: L
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Year: Junior
Hometown: Harrodsburg, Ky.
High School: Mercer County
Experience: 1 Letter
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2013: Appeared in 56 games, starting all of them … he was the only RedHawk to play in every game of the season … earned first team All-MAC after … had a batting average of .340 (fourth in the MAC) … plated 18 runs batted in … led Miami in several offensive statistical categories, including runs scored (51, third in MAC), at-bats (235, third in MAC), hits (80, first in MAC), walks (28), steal attempts (27), stolen bases (18), multiple hit games (25), consecutive games in which he reached base safely (22) and total appearances (266) … had a 15 game hitting streak from March 19-April 12 … had a season-high four hits on two occasions, March 10 against Fairfield and May 5 against Bowling Green … also stole two bases in a game on two occasions, March 10 against Fairfield and March 30 against Toledo.

2012: Earned Freshman All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after one of the best seasons in school history … was named first team All-Midwest Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association … voted the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-league selection … was one of three players on the team to participate in all 59 games … opened 57 of those, coming off the bench as a pinch-runner on Feb. 18 (game one) and as a pinch-hitter on April 22 … made 26 starts in left field, 17 starts in center field and 14 starts as the designated hitter … batted a team-high .395 with 26 runs batted in … the average ranked 14th nationally … led the team in on-base percentage (.443), hits, (92/fourth-most in school history), triples (tied with two), total bases (103) and sacrifice bunts (seven) … recorded seven doubles … walked 15 times and was hit on five occasions … struck out only 13 times, ranking him the 14th toughest player in Division I to strike out … led the team with 31 multiple-hit games … registered four hits on three occasions -- twice against Toledo (March 31, April 1) and at Kent State (May 12) … had three hits on six occasions and a pair 22 times … drove in multiple runs six times, including a career-best three at Furman Feb. 18 (game two) … had the team's longest hitting streak of the year, ending the season on a 16-game run … hit safely in eight straight three others times … held a .400 average as late as the conference tournament, but went 4-for-13 in the final three games … had three errors in 93 chances, a .968 fielding percentage.

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterman in baseball … named first-team all state as a senior … was selected to the region and district all-tournament in 2011 … led the Titans to a KHSAA Region 12 championshio and a state runner-up finish … they were also district champions, posting a 28-10 record … had a batting average of .488 and and on-base percentage of .556 … went 9-2 as a pitcher with an ERA of 3.46 his senior season … earned three letter in basketball and one in football … MCHS finished 22-9 on the court his senior season, winning the district title … was a 2011 all-state academic athlete … was a member of the Key Club and Beta Club … graduated with high honors.

PERSONAL: Born March 3, 1992 in Lexington, Ky., … son of Jill and Rawleigh Honchel … a Kinesiology major.