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Christina Melendez
Christina  Melendez

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Fullerton, Calif.

High School:
El Dorado

Height:
5-7

Position:
UTIL

As a sophomore in 2017: Saw action in 39 games with 36 starts … Holds the third place spot on the team with a .339 batting average … Ranked in the top ten of the BIG EAST with a .565 slugging percentage, and second on the team … Collected 26 runs and 39 hits on the season, with eight doubles and 27 RBIs … Collected six home runs for the second most on the team … Racked up 12 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games … Recorded three runs in her first season game against Savannah State (Feb. 17) as well as two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer she nailed in the fourth inning helping lead the Johnnies to a 13-0, five inning shutout … Recorded two hits, two runs and two RBIs against LIU Brooklyn (April 19) Including a homer (that marked three home runs in three games) … Earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (March 6) and BIG EAST Player of the Week (April 17).

As a freshman in 2016: Started in 32 games as a freshman ... second on the team and seventh in the conference with seven home runs ... recorded 21 RBIs and 14 runs ... finished with a .240 batting average and a .490 slugging percentage ... had six multi-hit and seven multi-RBI performances ... ripped a double and drove in a pair of runs in her collegiate debut against LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 12) ... drilled a home run in her third collegiate game (Feb. 13) ... went 2-for-2 with a walk, run and two RBIs in a win over Illinois (Feb. 14) ... launched a homer and drove in a pair of runs during a two-hit performance against Georgia State (Feb. 24) ... crushed a homer and scored twice in a win over Green Bay (March 4) ... knocked in a pair of runs and mashed a homer against Butler (April 10) ....drilled a dinger and drove in two runs in a win over DePaul (April 23) ... went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs in the BIG EAST Semifinals win over Villanova (May 13) ... smashed a home run and registered a career-high four RBIs in the BIG EAST Championship game against Butler (May 14) ... named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team after driving in six runs and scoring twice with two home runs in two games (May 13-14).

Before St. John's: Played four years of varsity softball at El Dorado High School ... finished her high school career with a .312 batting average and a .353 on-base percentage ... named First Team All-League and earned the Big Stick Award after batting .470 with six home runs as a senior ... played on the Firecrackers Blanco 18 Gold team.

Personal: Full name is Christina Juliet Melendez ... Born on Feb. 1, 1997 in Fullerton, Calif. ... Daughter of Katherine and Steve Melendez ... has one younger sister, Georgiana (13) ... Majoring in businees management.

Career Highs:
At Bats: 4, seven times, last at Providence (4/16/16)
Runs: 2, at DePaul( 4/23/16)
Hits: 2, six times, last vs. Villanova (5/13/16)
RBI: 4, vs. Butler (5/14/16)

Melendez Up Close...
Age you Started Playing Softball:
6 years old
Favorite TV Show:Friends 
Favorite Pregame Song: Crazy - Gnarls Barkley 
Favorite Food: In-N-Out
Most Memorable Softball Moment: "Hitting a grand slam in the BIG EAST Championship game" 
Best Softball Advice You Ever Received: "Don't think too much" - Hitting coach.

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