SENIOR SEASON (2009): Strong-armed veteran who could see time at either corner infield spot ... a hard worker, with an engaging personality ... has the tools to be effective defensive third baseman, with sure-handed defense, keen instincts and strong arm ... has short, powerful stroke with power to both gaps ... a proven commodity as a pinch-hitter (he was 6-for-14 coming off the bench in 2007) ... his two-year totals with the Irish include a .309 batting avg. in 43 games played (6 GS, 10 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 3 BB, 3 BB, 11 Ks, SAC, SF) ... started all three games for the Gold in the Blue- Gold World Series ... batted .167 (1-for-6) with a triple, RBI and two runs scored ... drew three walks ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Geneva Redwings of the New York Collegiate League ... saw action in 37 games and started 35 ... batted .311 with three home runs and 22 RBI ... added 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, 22 walks and eight stolen bases ... tied for the team-lead in home runs ... named to the NYCBL all-star team and captured defensive MVP honors from the game.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008): Appeared in all three games for Blue squad in 2007 Blue-Gold World Series (0-for-2, 2 Ks) ... appeared in four games off the bench for the Irish in the spring ... went hitless in four at-bats ... played against Arizona (Mar. 9),Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Mar. 26), Chicago State (Apr. 22) and Mississippi Valley State (Apr. 30).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007): Hit .286 (2- for-7) and played error-free at third base, as member of Blue team in the 2006 Blue-Gold World Series (R, 2 Ks, SAC) ... started at third base for wood-bat Florida Collegiate League's Altamonte Springs Snappers in summer of `06 ... the Snappers went 26-8 overall, with playoff wins over Sanford River Rats (5-1) and Orlando Shockers (7-0) before 4-3 loss in FCL title game (the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs won on a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 9th) ... the FCL title game was played in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field, immediately following a big-league game between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Boston Red Sox ... his stats with the Snappers included 14 runs and 10 RBI in 31 games (30 GS, 4 2B, 8 BB, 4 HBP, 32 Ks, sac. bunt, 1-3 SBs, 11 Es/.913 fielding pct.) ... backup third baseman and hard-hitting DH who batted at a .321 clip (9-for-28) in his limited duty (6 RBI, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, 6 Ks, E/.800 fielding) ... made three starts in his 21 appearances ... his starts at DH included both games at Pittsburgh (1-for-7, 2 RBI, 2B; 2-4/0-5) and the 10-inning thriller with Purdue (0-for-2, K; 1-0, in 10) ... batted a team-best .429 (6-for-14) as a pinch-hitter, with the team's other pinch-hitters going just 8-for-47 (.170) ... hit considerably higher as a pinch-hitter than in his other ABs (3-for-14/.214) ... had pinch-hit, RBI double in 14-3 win over Duquesne (in Clearwater, Fla.) ... doubled and scored versus New York Tech (12-1, at Florida Gulf Coast) ... had pinch-hit singles in his next four games played, versus Western Michigan (17-9), South Florida (R; 10- 13), Central Michigan (4-8) and Chicago State (2- for-3, 3 RBI, R; 14-4) ... had two-run double in first game at Pitt ... collected his final pinch-hit of season in 8-7 comeback win over Toledo.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006): Played for Gold in 2005 Blue-Gold World Series (1-for-7, R, BB, HBP, K, SAC, 2 Es) ... served as backup third baseman and pinchhitter, batting .296 in 22 games played (3 GS, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB, SAC, 5 Ks, 3 Es/.893 fielding) ... played in season-opening win over Air Force (8-2; Millington, Tenn.) ... came off the bench to deliver hits in first two games at the Metrodome (1-11 vs. Nebraska, 0-8 vs. Minnesota) and earned a start the next day as DH in 2-0, 10-inning loss to Arizona (0-for- 2, 2 Ks) ... had RBI single and scored in 12-2 win over Southern Illinois (in San Antonio) ... went 1- for-2 with a run scored in 12-0 win over Valparaiso and was 2-for-3 with a sac. bunt as starter at third base in 6-4 game with Chicago State ... hit safely in 10-4 win at South Florida, adding 2-RBI game in 15-1 win over Oakland (1-for-2) ... started at third and scored key run in 10- inning win over IPFW (4-3) ... plated a run with a sacrifice fly in final game of regular season, a 12- 1 road win over Villanova.
PREP & PERSONAL: Hit .390 as a senior captain at Palmer Trinity High School (3 HR, 6 2B, 14 RBI, 20 BB, 14 SB) ... listed by Team One Baseball as nation's third-best third base prospect among 2005 high school players ... also was listed by Perfect Game/Baseball America as the 24th-best prep prospect in Florida ... third team all-county as a junior (.406, 2 HR, 4 3B, 8 2B, 27 RBI, 12 SB, 20 GP) ... two-time captain and team MVP, also all-conference and all-city both years ... helped PTHS win first district title in 18 years (`04) ... earned 2004 leadership award ... played first two seasons at Belen Jesuit (`03 state runner-up) ... had strong all-around game in `05 state tournament loss to Florida Christian (seven fielding assists, two diving plays, four intentional walks) ... competed at World Wood Bat Underclassmen Championship and 2004 National Underclassman Showcase ... selected to play for Team Florida at 2004 CABA World Series (Euclid, Ohio) ... named to Baseball America/Perfect Game USA Team that competed at 2004 National Wood Bat Championship ... invited to Chicago White Sox 2004 all-star game between Dade and Broward counties ... nominated for Scholar-Athlete award in Dade County ... national honor roll student ... one of 17 Florida natives to monogram with Notre Dame baseball ... inherited #14 jersey worn previously by all-BIG EAST corner infielder Matt Edwards (`05) ... has compiled four semester GPAs of 3.00 or higher, including a 3.27 in the 2007 spring semester ... born June 22, 1987, in Miami ... son of Eduardo and Aylin Mendiola ... full name is Eduardo Francisco Mendiola ... a marketing major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
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