2001: Named honorable mention all-MVC as an outfielder ... started 36 games in the outfield or at designated hitter, batting .316 (2nd) and slugging .493, best of any returning player ... batted .320 (4th) with all three (1st) of his home runs in MVC play ... led SIU with three triples ... finished third with 30 RBI ... tied for second in home runs (3) ... was fourth in doubles (9) ... had a .750 stolen base percentage (3-of-4) which was tied for second best ... added three sac flies (T-1st) ... had a .373 on-base percentage (4th) ... had career-highs in at-bats (6), runs (3), hits (4) and RBI (5) vs Creighton ... had six-game hitting streak and walked three times twice ... second with seven multiple RBI games ... had 11 multiple-hit games (5th) ... finished the season with a career-high nine-game hitting streak ... hit .765 with runner on third and less than two outs, .429 with the bases loaded, .375 vs. left-handed pitchers, .364 with the bases empty and .354 with two outs ... had a .965 fielding percentage.
Pre-SIU: Attended Mesa Community College where he played for coach Tony Carrilla ... the leading hitter for MCC winning the “Big Stick” award ... three-sport athlete at Vianney High School ... lettered two years in baseball for coach Steve Travis ... named team captain and MVP ... selected first-team all-conference for his play in the outfield ... won the “110%” award ... once played in the NBC regional with the Wichita Wolverines ... lettered one year in both football and soccer ... selected second team all-conference and voted “Most Improved” in football ... a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Justin Joseph Maurath ... nickname is “Jut” ... majoring in Business ... career plans are to own his own business and “make a difference” ... son of Joseph and Nancy Maurath.
Callahan’s Quote: “Justin brings a few things to the table everyday that we really respect ... his attitude, a love for the game, the way in which he plays the game and a great work ethic. We hope he’s healthy after a late season arm injury last spring. He showed at times what kind of player he’s capable of being. Due to the injury, he was inconsistent late in the year and we’re hoping that he’s healthy enough to be an everyday guy. We don’t know enough about his health now to know if he can play all four games on a given weekend. We’re going to have to adjust to that in time. He’s one of the guys that if he has a good year, we have a chance to have a good year.”