ALL-AMERICAN WR AND 14-YEAR NFL VETERAN SANTANA MOSS JOINS JOSH DARROW ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST FOR A CANDID, EMOTIONAL AND UPLIFTING CONVERSATION ABOUT GROWING UP IN MIAMI AND HIS JOURNEY TO UM

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Nathan Melendres

position

Infield/outfield

Height

5-10

Weight

185 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

Florida Christian School

▪ 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team

Junior (2011)…
Second on the team in batting average (.326)… Played in 56 games and started in 54… Fourth-best on the team in hits (62) with a team second-best tying 14 doubles and finishing second on the team in steals (24)… His 24 steals allowed him to finish in the Top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) during the regular season… Slugged out two triples and two triples… Led the team with 11 sacrifice bunts… Fielded at .990 on the year from his center field position… Third on the squad with 38 runs scored… Had a slugging percentage of .453… Finished the year registering hits in six of his last seven games… Went 3-for-4 in the season finale against Florida (June 5) in the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional… Had a career-high five hits in the first game of a doubleheader against North Carolina (April 23), including hitting a home run in the 10th inning… Career-high two doubles slugged out at Maryland (April 15)… Scored three times against Maryland (April 15), North Carolina (April 23) and Hofstra (May 6)… His two homers came at Boston College (April 3) and at UNC… Went 3-for-4 and scored twice against Virginia Tech (March 13) – including a double and a triple with a RBI… Had a 3-for-5 outing at Wake Forest (March 19)… Had a stretch of three-straight games (May 1-7) where he had two hits in each contest against FSU and Hofstra… Season-high eight-game hit streak from April 24-May 8)…

Sophomore (2010)…
Fourth-leading hitter for average from the 2010 team that advanced to the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional… Made an appearance in 61 games with 58 starts, most of them coming in the Hurricanes’ outfield… Batted .301 on the year and returns to the 2011 team as the second-leading hitter (average)… Ended the year with 65 hits, 42 runs scored, 35 RBI, 11 doubles, nine home runs and a triple… Had 14 steals in 19 attempts on the base path… Drew 19 walks at the plate… Laid down a team second-best nine sacrifice hits/bunts… Had a team second-best fielding percentage of .985 with 132 putouts and three assists against just two errors on the campaign… Finished the NCAA Coral Gables Regional batting .389 in 18 appearances at the plate, collecting seven hits – including two homers, seven runs and two RBI… Knocked out a career-high two home runs against Texas A&M (June 6) in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional… Carried a six-game hit streak from Mar. 21 (at Duke) through Mar. 31 (vs. Florida Atlantic)… Went a season-high tying 3-of-3 at the plate against NC State (Mar. 26) with two RBI and a stolen base… Collected a 3-for-4 night at the plate against FAU (Mar. 31) with two runs batted in… Added a 2-for-3 outing with two RBI and two runs scored, two RBI and a double in the ACC Championships against Florida State (May 26)… Registered one of his best outings against Barry (May 7) where he posted a homer, a double and two RBI with two runs in three at-bats in the `Canes victory…

Freshman (2009)…
Had the team’s second-highest batting average (.330) in ACC play… Hit safely in each of his first 12 career games – marking the team’s second-longest hitting streak of the season… Started 51 games, all in centerfield… Hit .500 (6-for-12) in a three-game series vs. Wake Forest (5/14-16)… Set career-highs for hits (4) and RBI (5) in win over Wake on May 14… Hit his first career home run against Florida State on April 3… Batted .312 in his first 25 career games, hitting safely in 19 of those 25 games… Hit .348 in February (8-for-23), .297 in March (22-for-74), .196 in April (10-for-51) and .295 in May (13-for-44)… Began the season with a 12-game hit streak from Feb. 20 (vs. Rutgers) through Mar. 8 (vs. NC State)…

High School/Prep…
Played two years at Coral Park Senior High School before transferring to Florida Christian School for his final two prep seasons… Played for Ernie Padron (Florida Christian) and Jose Novas (Coral Park)… Named Second Team All-Dade his senior season after hitting .398 with four home runs, 30 RBI and 15 stolen bases… Helped lead Florida Christian to record of 19-6 in 2008… Hit .375 his junior year, earning honorable mention All-Dade…

Personal…
Son of Neomi and Nelson Melendres… Has an older brother, Nick, who pitched at Florida Atlantic University… Majoring in Exercise Physiology…

MELENDRES’ INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS
AB: _______ 6 (three times)
Runs: _____ 3 (four times)
Hits: ______ 5 at North Carolina (April 23, 2011)
RBI: ______ 5 vs. Wake Forest (5/14/2009)
2B: _______ 2 at Maryland (April 15, 2011)
3B: _______ 1 (five times)
HR: ______ 2 vs. Texas A&M (6/6/2010)
Hit Streak: _ 12 games (2/20-3/8/2009)