PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 3, 2012) – Senior catcher Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) of Rutgers baseball recently set a New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) record for on-base percentage with a regular-season mark of .548. Melillo shattered the record by 22 points, previously set by Mike Tamsin in 2008.
Melillo’s .404 batting average, which led the NECBL, was 14 points higher than the next closest player. His walks also contributed to the high on-base percentage, taking his base 26 times in 27 games. The catcher led his squad with 26 walks and 12 doubles, and was tied for the team lead with 34 runs scored. He was named an NECBL East Division All-Star, and started at catcher on July 22.
The Annandale, N.J., native helped lead the Newport Gulls to a league-best 31-10 record in the regular season. His team begins the playoffs on Friday as the No. 1 seed in the East Division. The Gulls will take on the No. 4 seed Sanford Mainers in a best of three series, with one game played each day from Aug. 3-5.
As a junior at Rutgers in 2012, Melillo hit .311 with 10 doubles and 30 RBIs. His .426 on-base percentage ranked second for the Scarlet Knights. He was also named a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist, presented annually to the top Division I catcher.
Senior Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.), who plays first base and pitches, is also a member of the NECBL. He hit .326 in the regular season, and was tied for second in the league with 41 RBIs for the North Adams SteepleCats. The right-hander pitched in seven games, tallying a 4.55 ERA, with a complete game and four starts. Law was also honored as an all-star at first base for the West Division.
The SteepleCats earned the No. 3 seed in the West Division with a 22-20 record and will play the No. 3 seed Danbury Westerners in a three-game playoff series. One game will be played each day from Aug. 3-5.
The NECBL is a summer collegiate baseball league that runs from early June to early August, with each team playing a 42-game schedule. To be in the league, a student-athlete must be enrolled in an NCAA sanctioned college or university, be in good academic standing, completed one year of eligibility and have at least one year of eligibility remaining.
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