KU Baseball vs. Western Illinois (Photos by Jeff Jacobsen)
Career Honors and Awards:
Summer 2008: Played for the San Diego Waves of the Western Baseball Association ... Hit .294 with 18 doubles, six homers and 38 RBIs ... Teammate of current Jayhawks Brett Bochy and Thomas Marcin.
2008 (Junior): Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention ... Also selected to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Started 47 games, including 39 behind the plate ... Hit .253 with a career high nine homers and 42 RBIs ... Hit .295 (28-for-95) with men on base ... Finished third on the team with 14 multi-RBI games ... Batted .265 against the Big 12 ... Hit safely in his first seven games of the season ... Went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs against Dartmouth (3/20) ... Went 3-for-5 with a season-high five RBIs against Northwestern (3/23) ... Also collected three hits at Baylor (4/4) and against Nebraska (4/18) ... Collected first career triple against No. 7 Vanderbilt (2/29) ... Homered against six Big 12 opponents.
Summer 2007: Hit .267 with seven doubles and six RBIs in a platoon role for the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaskan Baseball League ... Also recorded a stolen base.
2007 (Sophomore): Started 45 games at catcher (43) and designated hitter (two) for the Jayhawks ... Hit .286 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs ... His eight homers were second behind only Ryne Price (10) on the season ... Had a career-high three hits against Texas (4/7) ... Went 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and three runs scored against Missouri (3/31) ... Hit .333 with runners in scoring position ... Hit two grand slams on the season (3/4 vs. Western Illinois and 5/12 vs. Chicago State) ... Committed only six errors in 282 chances behind the plate.
Summer 2006: Played in 31 games for the San Diego Waves of the Western Baseball Association ... Hit .261 with six home runs and 25 RBIs ... Teammate of current Jayhawk Nick Faunce.
2006 (Freshman): Started 33 games for the Crimson and Blue ... Hit .278 with four home runs and 16 RBIs ... Batted .344 against left-handed pitching ... Enjoyed six multi-hit games, including two-hit games against Nebraska (5/28) and Hawaii (6/3) in the post-season ... Drove in a season-high three runs against Oklahoma (5/24) in the final conference series of the year ... Put together a five-game hit streak during the final weeks of the season (5/24-6/2) ... Committed just two errors in 218 chances behind the plate.
Escondido HS: Named All-Section Division II First Team and Athlete of the Year in baseball ... Escondido baseball MVP and team captain ... Four year letterwinner in baseball ... All-county scholar/athlete ... Played in the Area Code Games ... Named team MVP in football his freshman year.
Personal: Parents are Steve and Beth Afenir ... Full name is Matthew Tye Afenir ... Coached by his father in baseball at Escondido High ... Father played college baseball at the University of Wyoming ... Nephew of former MLB catcher Troy Afenir ... Also recruited by Stanford and Arizona ... A psychology major.