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#24 Nick Merullo
Position: Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
City/State: Madison, Conn.
High School: Daniel Hand
Major: Sport & recreation management
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As a junior:

  • Drove in three runs with a double in finale of Hartford series
  • First multiple-hit game of the season with two singles in Old Dominion finale

As a sophomore:

  • JMU Athletics Director Scholar-Athlete
  • Pinch-hit triple vs. Bucknell, meaning first four hits of his college career went for the cycle dating back to three hits in his freshman campaign
  • First career start behind the plate went 2-for-3 with a walk, run and RBI vs. Mount St. Mary's
  • Single at Virginia broke 0-for-13 slump
  • Competed briefly during the summer of 2012 for the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide in the Futures Collegiate League in New England


As a freshman:

  • Voted as top preseason newcomer in the CAA by Baseball America
  • JMU debut with a double and a walk in season opener vs. Bucknell
  • First collegiate home run, a three-run shot, in Bucknell game three
  • Singled, reached on an error while driving in a run, scored twice, drove in two and was hit by a pitch against Cornell
  • Played the 2011 summer with the Mystic Schooners in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Hit .115 through 12 games.

Before JMU:

  • Four-year letter winner in baseball
  • Three-year letter winner in football
  • Two-time All-State in baseball and football
  • Played in Connecticut-Massachusetts High School All-Star Game as a senior
  • Represented Northeast Region in East Coast Pro Showcase and Area Code games as a junior
  • Hit .382 as a full-time catcher as a junior
  • Batted .386 and drove in 17 runs in 24 games as a sophomore
  • Batted cleanup with an average of .333 and drove in 16 runs in 22 innings as a freshman
  • Two-time All-State quarterback, set single-game school record with 420 passing yards
  • Completed 52% of passes for over 6,000 yards and 24 touchdowns, also rushed for 2,580 yards
  • Honor Roll student

Personal:

  • Son of Chris and Matt Merullo
  • Sport and recreation management major
  • Enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and video games
  • Father (Matt - MLB 1989-95 with White Sox, Indians, & Twins), grandfather (Len - Pirates minor leagues 1962-64), and great-grandfather (Lennie - MLB 1941-47 with Cubs) played professional baseball
  • Father, Matt, spent first year as a professional manager in 2013 as head of Aberden Ironbirds, Class A Short Season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the New York-Penn League

 

Career Statistics

Yearavggp-gsabrh2b3bhrrbitbslg%bbhbpsogdpob%sfshsb-attpoaefld%
2011.... .200 11-2 15 4 3 1 0 1 6 7 .467 2 2 4 1 .368 0 0 0-0 5 1 0 1.000
2012.... .194 18-12 36 3 7 0 1 0 2 9 .250 2 2 11 0 .275 0 1 0-0 48 14 1 .984
2013.... .226 19-10 31 4 7 2 0 0 5 9 .290 1 0 9 1 .250 0 2 0-1 48 10 2 .967
TOTAL... .207 48-24 82 11 17 3 1 1 13 25 .305 5 4 24 2 .286 0 3 0-1 101 25 3 .977

 

Career Highs

Runs: 2, Cornell 3/23/11
Hits: 2, 2x, Old Dominion 4/7/13
RBIs: 3, 2x, Hartford 3/3/13
Hitting Streak: 4, 2/23/13-3/9/13


Getting to know Nick...

What is your current major?
Sports Management


Why did you choose JMU?
Great combination of athletics and academics...and a beautiful campus


What is your favorite thing about JMU?
The people


What is your Favorite place to eat on campus?
DHall or Festival


Most people don’t know that I…
Was on Sportcenter once when I was 3


Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
My family


What is your “walk out” song?
Past years I’ve gone with Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Led Zeppelin


What is your Favorite pregame meal?
I don’t really have one


Who is your Favorite Athlete?
Tom Brady


What is your Favorite Movie?
The Departed


What is your biggest fear?
Plane Crashes


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To fly


If you could travel to one place, where would it be?
Somewhere in the Caribbean


Pick one.
Hamburger or Hot Dog:
Burger
Gray, White, Gold, Purple, or Black Uniform:
Black
Ski or Snowboard:
Snowboard
Facebook or Twitter:
Facebook
Chinese Food or Mexican Food:
Chinese
Skittles or M&M’s:
Skittles
Country Music or Hip Hop:
Not a huge fan of either

Within the team, who is the…
Most looked up to:
I couldn’t pick one guy
Team Clown:
Matty Munchy
Best Dressed:
Matt Tenaglia
Most likely to be late:
Matt Tenaglia
Most likely to break out in a song:
Tyler Gregory
Best Dancer:
Conner Brown
Most likely to become famous (from baseball or nonbaseball related):
Mike Church