2003: Made 16 appearances with one start as the designated hitter ... Fielded a perfect 1.000 with 32 chances in the field ... Had base hit and RBI against Florida A&M April 2 ... Was hit by two pitches.
2002: Played in 21 games off the bench ... Batted a blistering .471 (8-17) with five runs, two doubles, two homers and nine RBI ... Also fielded a perfect 1.000 in 39 chances ... As a pinch hitter he batted .400 (2-5) with a homer and four RBI ... Hit both homers in month of February ... In first appearance he was 2-2 with a run scored, a home run and five RBI Feb. 2 vs. Charleston Southern ... Went 2-2 with double, homer and three RBI vs. Siena Feb. 27 ... Had at least one hit six of 12 times he recorded an official at bat.
2000-2001 AT DELGADO J.C.: Played one season at Delgado J.C. in New Orleans, La. for head coach Joe Scheurmann ... Hit .270 with nine RBI ... Phi Theta Kappa honor society member.
1999-2000 AT JEFFERSON DAVIS C.C.: Played one season at Jefferson Davis C.C. in Brewton for head coach Keith Griffin ... Helped lead team to College World Series berth and JUCO Regional championship ... Hit .285 with two home runs and 13 RBI during freshman year.
SUMMER: Played in the New Orleans Summer League for the Industrial Instruments in 2001 ... Batted .290 with four doubles and helped lead team to the league title.
PREP: A 1999 graduate of P.K. Yonge High School where he lettered four years for head coach Bob Hawkins ... Named All Area in 1998 and 1999 ... Hit .408 (40-98) with 31 runs, eight doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI ... Named team MVP as a senior ... Honor Society member ... Won scholar-athlete award as a senior.
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MERCANDANTE'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 3 vs. Hofstra, 2/23/03 and Vanderbilt, 4/6/03
Runs Scored: 1, (seven times) last vs. Columbia, 3/18/03
Hits: 2, twice; vs. Charleston Southern, 2/2/02 and vs. Siena, 2/27/02
RBI: 5 vs. Charleston Southern, 2/2/02
Bases on Balls: 1, twice; vs. Siena, 2/27/02 and vs. Kentucky, 4/18/02
Multi-hit games: 2
Multi-RBI games: 2
Hit Streak: 3