Josh Meents
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    Josh Meents

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Braidwood, IL

    High School:
    Reed-Custer

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 195

    Position:
    C/RHP

    Birthdate:
    08/12/1985

    Bats/Throws:
    S/R

    Notable: Lone player on the team entering his fourth year with varsity experience ... has pitched, caught, played the outfield and designated hitter in his career ... spent the summer prior to his junior year playing for the Yuba-Sutter Goldsox in the Horizon Collegiate League ... long, lanky player looking to return to form as a power-hitting threat.

    Junior (2007): Played in 43 games, starting 38 games at catcher ... MWC academic all-conference for second-consecutive season ... batted .198 with two homers and nine RBI ... threw out 12 baserunners (22 percent) in 2007 ...made one pitching appearance in relief ... homered against San Diego State and Utah Valley State ... had five multi-hit games ... had a season-best five game hitting streak in late-April ... committed just one error over his last 24 games played after committing six in the first 19.

    Sophomore (2006): Played in 36 games, starting 30 as a hitter ... appeared in 14 games on the mound, including seven starts ... second on the team with seven home runs, 25 RBI and .515 slugging percentage ... hit grand slams in back-to-back games against Indiana State and Utah Valley State ... pitched a career-best 4.1 innings against UNLV on May 20 ... named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team ... MWC Academic All-Conference.

    Freshman (2005): Came onto the team midway through the season and appeared in 27 games, starting 12 ... batted .137 with seven hits and six runs scored ... first-career start came against Lehigh, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and first-career hit ... doubled against Utah and tripled against UNLV.

    Reed-Custer HS (Braidwood, Ill.): Three-year letterwinner in baseball and basketball .. all-conference catcher as a junior and senior ... all-area as a senior ... team captain and MVP as a senior ... helped lead Reed-Custer to regional championship as a junior ... led the team in average (.468), home runs (6), RBI's ( 35), and doubles (19) ... coached by Butch Stafford ... Mr. Hustle award winner as a junior and senior on the basketball team at point guard as well as a basketball regional championship as a senior ... started senior season 14-0 ... class valedictorian of a graduating class of 134 ... a member of the National Honor Society ... all-state academic ... Illinois state scholar.

    Personal: A member of Cadet Squadron 19, the Wolverines ... birthdate is Aug. 12, 1985 ... operations research major ... completed Operations Air Force at Beale, AFB, Calif., last summer ... credits his father as having the biggest influence on his sports career ... plans on becoming a scientific analyst upon graduation ... has two older brothers, Jason (28) and Justin (25) and twin sisters, Amy and Ashley (21) ... son of Brian and Annette Meents.

    Why I came to the Academy: "I came to the Academy because of the great opportunities it will give me beyond college. The combination of education, leadership and lessons learned here are unmatched. I was given the chance to get a top-notch education, learn to be a leade, and play Div. I baseball, something I could not pass up."

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