Third-year veteran who will play the outfield and pitch ... very good defensive player who could be starting centerfielder ... should also be a valuable pitcher in the starting rotation ... may also be used as designated hitter ... one of the Tigers’ most impressive pitchers in the Fall ... has tremendous poise and good command ... has made significant progress as a hitter ... served as Tigers’ leadoff hitter for most of the 2012 season.
2012 SEASON: Played in 41 games and started 36 times ... pitched in 12 games and started seven times ... compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.53 E.R.A. and one save ... pitched 42.2 innings and issued only 13 walks with 26 strikeouts ... suffered arm injury while pitching against Georgia State in late April and did not pitch again ... served as Tigers’ designated hitter for the rest of the season ... batted .283 with 31 runs scored, four doubles, one triple and one home run with 18 RBI’s ... had a .370 on-base percentage ... tied for team lead with 14 stolen bases in 19 attempts ... earned save in season opener against The Citadel by pitching three innings and striking out six ... pitched 3.1 hitless and scoreless innings of relief at Louisiana Lafayette ... threw one inning of relief in 9-2 win at Navy ... pitched 0.2 innings of relief to earn shared shutout in 11-0 win over UMBC ... earned first loss of season in 9-8 setback at Virginia Commonwealth, allowing unearned run in bottom of ninth ... made first start of season against George Washington and gave up two runs on five hits in three innings ... pitched Tigers to an 8-4 win over George Mason, completing series sweep against the Patriots ... pitched five innings and allowed three runs on four hits against Mason ... earned second straight win who pitched 5.2 innings at Delaware ... allowed one earned run on four hits against UD ... allowed two runs on nine hits in loss at William & Mary ... gave up one earned run on five hits in 5.2 innings against Old Dominion in a game Tigers won ... pitched eight innings of shutout ball in 11-0 victory at Elon ... allowed five hits and issued two walks against Elon for third win of season ... gave up one hit in two innings of work against Georgua State before leaving game with injury ... had two hits in season opener at The Citadel ... led Tigers to win over Central Connecticut with two hits and two runs scored ... walked twice and scored twice in win at Navy ... has two hits and blasted the first home run of his college career in win over UMBC ... had game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 win at Virginia Commonwealth ... walked twice and scored two runs against George Washington ... helped Tigers to a 14-10 win over Old Dominion with an RBI double and two runs scored ... had an RBI single in victory over Mount St. Mary’s ... led Tigers’ late-season surge by batting .404 with a .462 on-base percentage in final 10 games ... also scored 14 runs in 10 games ... had three hits with two runs scored and two RBI’s in victory over Maryland Eastern Shore ... batted .429 in three-game series against Hofstra with four runs scored ... had two hits in 4-3 win over Hofstra ... also batted .429 to help Tigers to a three-game sweep over James Madison ... had three hits with one run scored in 8-3 win over JMU in series opener ... helped Tigers to an 11-10 win over James Madison in second game of series with two hits, including a triple ... singled and scored a run in 4-3 win over Dukes in regular season finale ... batted .308 with five runs scored in CAA Tournament ... had two hits and scored twice in opening round loss to Delaware ... singled and scored twice in win over George Mason ... ended the season with a 10-game hitting streak.
2011 SEASON: Played in 44 games with 34 starts ... pitched in 14 games and started seven times ... batted .190 and scored 20 runs ... had one double and one triple with 15 RBI’s ... third on team with nine stolen bases in 11 attempts ... drew 23 walks and had a .324 on-base percentage ... had two three-hit games ... belted a two-run double in season-opening win over Gardner-Webb ... had three hits and scored two runs against Navy ... helped Tigers to win over Maryland Eastern Shore with two hits and three RBI’s ... led Tigers to series victory over George Mason by hitting .556 with four runs scored and two RBI’s ... had three hits, including a triple in series finale, a 12-5 victory ... had a two-run single and stole two bases in 10-4 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in series finale ... pitched 47.1 innings and compiled a 2-3 record with a 5.89 E.R.A. ... issued 17 walks and struck out 24 batters ... pitched one scoreless inning in victory over The Citadel ... earned first collegiate victory by pitching four shutout innings of relief in 6-4 win over Northwestern ... made first career start against Fordham and lost ... started against Marist and allowed one run on two hits in four innings of work in a no-decision ... allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings as starter at Hofstra in no-decision ... pitched 6.2 innings as starter in 4-3 victory over Northeastern ... suffered second loss of season in 6-3 setback at Old Dominion ... pitched three innings of relief and allowed two runs at Bucknell ... threw three shutout innings of relief and struck out four hitters in win over Delaware State ... pitched 2.1 innings of effective relief with three strikeouts in Tigers’ win over George Mason ... helped Tigers to a 3-2 win over Maryland by pitching 3.2 shutout innings of relief with four strikeouts ... started against George Washington and suffered third loss of the year.
BACKGROUND: Honored as New Jersey State Player of the Year as a senior at Morristown High School ... named first team All-State as a senior and second team All-State as a junior ... led the Colonials to back-to-back Morris County Tournament championships ... named County Tournament MVP twice ... pitched two-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts in County Championship Game ... batted .425 with 13 extra base hits and 30 stolen bases as a senior ... posted an 8-1 record as a senior with a 1.02 E.R.A. and 90 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 innings ... posted a 22-4 record with a 1.90 E.R.A. in career for Coach Josh Ury ... two-time County Player of the Year ... also played football for the Colonials.
PERSONAL: Has one sister ... lists parents as people he admires most ... die-hard fan of the New York Mets ... lists Jose Reyes as his favorite athlete ... favorite TV shows are “Two And A Half Men” and “Criminal Minds” ... lists Jim Carrey and Mark Wahlberg as his favorite actors ... favorite musician is Lil Wayne ... favorite video game is “Call of Duty” ... mother is a food stylist ... son of Julie Gonnella ... born on November 15, 1991 in Morristown, N.J. ... major is criminal justice.