Tri-captain...SIU's most versatile player, who underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason...is expected to return by SIU's season-opener...if healthy, head coach Dan Callahan says Emrick could be the Dawgs' everyday shortstop...has made at least one start at every position except on the mound and in center field...possesses the best hands of any Saluki infielder...played in 165 career games, which are the most of any Saluki returning to this year's team.
2005: MVC Scholar-Athlete...named honorable mention all-MVC after hitting .293 with 37 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, one home run, 10 stolen bases and 29 RBI as one of two Salukis who started all 59 games...registered multiple-hits 21 times and drove in two runs on seven occasions...hit .340 (33-for-97) with 14 runs, four doubles, three triples, 12 RBI and four stolen bases as one of five Salukis who hit .315 or better against conference foes...ranked third on the team with 67 hits, second with three triples and tied for first with nine sacrifice bunts...his nine sacrifice bunts also tied for fourth in the Valley...was most productive against New Orleans (Feb. 18-20) and Missouri State (Apr. 15-17), where he hit .400 or better...against the Privateers, he hit .400 (4-for-10) with one run scored, two doubles, three RBI and six total bases...against the Bears, he hit .455 (5-for-11) with two runs, one RBI, five total bases and a walk...went 2-for-4 with two runs, one RBI and only home run of the season against Eastern Illinois (Apr. 12).
2004: Named first-team all-MVC as a utility player...garnered MVC Scholar-Athlete honors...hit a team-leading .353, while topping the Dawgs in several other categories, including games started (60), at-bats (238), runs (36) and hits (84)...also ranked second in RBIs (34), total bases (97) and stolen bases...registered 10 doubles and one home run...started the year by hitting safely in five of his first six games...would later string together an 11-game hitting streak from Feb. 29-Mar. 27...that stretch ended up being the longest of any Saluki at the plate all season... was SIU's number one threat in conference games after hitting .350 with 11 runs 42 hits, three doubles and 15 RBI...collected a team-high 25 multiple-hit outings, including eight of three or more hits...drove in two or more runs on a second-best nine occasions...finished the year strong by hitting safely in four straight games and seven of his last eight...had plenty of success against the Ohio Valley Conference, where he hit .600 or better in two games versus both Murray State and SE Missouri State...began the year hitting .417 (5-for-12) in three games at nationally-ranked Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13-15)...registered seven hits in both the Bradley (Mar. 27-28) and Illinois State (Apr. 30-May 2) series...hit .583 (7-for-12) with two runs, a double and four RBI vs. the Braves, and .467 (7-for-15) with a run scored and three RBI against the Redbirds...hit .333 (7-for-21) with two runs, a pair of doubles and five RBI en route to all-tournament honors at the MVC Tournament (May 26-29)...accounted for the first-ever hit at Missouri State's Hammons Field, which opened on Apr. 2...went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in that game.
2003: Named honorable mention all-MVC...hit a third-best .324 with 17 runs, nine doubles, a triple, one home run and 21 RBI in 46 games, including 35 starts...delivered a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning against Northern Iowa (Mar. 22)...hit .358 with eight runs, three doubles, a homer and nine RBI in conference play...hit first home run of Saluki career at Evansville on Apr. 27...narrowly missed hitting for the cycle against Central Michigan (Feb. 15) when he went 3-for-6 with two runs, a double, a triple and four RBI...registered 12 multiple-hit games, including three with three or more hits...recorded five multiple-RBI outings.
Pre-SIU: Two-sport athlete at Griggsville-Perry High School...hit .474 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI as a junior...also scored 43 runs and stole 47 bases...hit .450 with six home runs as a senior...earned all-conference honors...started all four years on the basketball team and holds the state record in career steals (160).
Personal: Full name is Nathan Ross Emrick...majors in History...born Aug. 18, 1984...son of John and Anna Emrick...has one brother, Daman, and one sister, Lacy.
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