#6 Jonathan Popadics
Pos: INF
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Year: SR
Major: Business Administration
Parents: Mark & Barbara
Birthday: September 17
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Centennial
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2015: One of the country’s premier shortstops is ready to cap off a remarkable four-year career with more stellar defense and a productive and consistent bat…enters his senior year as one of the best at his position in program history…makes both the routine and spectacular plays with great hands and range…an accurate arm gets the ball across the infield in a hurry…turns the double play fluidly…his excellence in the field is a source of confidence for the club’s pitching staff…slated to hit at or near the top of the order…possesses superb plate discipline, working the count and not chasing pitches…finds the gaps with line drives…runs well and is a threat to steal every time he reaches base…well-respected and a top-flight leader…with a healthy campaign, he should earn more postseason honors...already the career leader in assists, he’ll continue to add to his total in prolific fashion.

2014: Continued to build on his reputation as one of the nation’s finest shortstops, playing stellar defense on one of the country’s finest infields and establishing new offensive highs in several categories…named to the All-GSAC team as the conference’s top shortstop…led the club with 182 assists, the third-highest, single-season total in school history and became the program’s all-time leader (531) in that category in just three seasons of action…threw out a season-high eight runners vs. Davenport (MI) in a NAIA National Championship Opening Round game on 5/12/14…participated in 30 double plays…named to the GSAC Gold Glove Team for the second year in a row…led the club in runs scored and walks, and tied for the lead in triples…finished second in batting average, hits, doubles, slugging percentage, hit-by-pitches, on-base percentage, and stolen bases…had 19 multi-hit games, highlighted by a pair of career-best, four-hit outings, going 4-4 vs. Simpson on 1/18/14 and 4-5 vs. Westmont on 3/7/14…scored two or more runs 13 times…swiped two bases in a game four times…performed well in the classroom, too, earning GSAC Scholar-Athlete honors.

2013: The second-year shortstop had a breakthrough campaign at the plate and continued to play brilliant defense, earning All-GSAC and Gold Glove Team accolades as recognition for being one of the best at his position in the entire country…hitting at or near the top of the order throughout the season, he led the club in batting average and sacrifices, and the conference in hits, runs scored, and stolen bases…was second in doubles and fifth in total bases…his 81 hits were the second most in a season in program history…had 25 multi-hit games, including six three-hit outings…in the season opener on 1/18/13 vs. Simpson, he went 3-5, scored two runs and had a season-best four rbi...scored 63 runs, the third-highest, single-season total in school history…scored three runs in a game six times…swiped two or bases in a game seven times, highlighted by a 2career-high four vs. La Sierra on 4/2/13…set a personal-high with 187 assists, the second-highest, single-season total in college history…tossed out a season-best nine runners vs. Lewis-Clark St. (ID) in a NAIA World Series game on 5/28/13…participated in 46 double plays.

2012: Following an outstanding fall, the first-year player earned the starting job at shortstop and contributed significantly to the nation’s best defense…committed only eight errors and set a single-season record with 162 assists…threw out a season-high six runners vs. Biola on 3/22/12…played a part in 32 double plays…during the early stages of the season, he alternated between the top and bottom of the batting order, but settled in as the No. 9 hitter the rest of the way where he gave the Mustangs lead-off production…drew a team-high 26 walks and sacrificed a team-best nine times….was second on the squad with 15 stolen bases and third in runs scored (31)…had two or more hits in a game six times…rapped out a season-best three hits vs. Cal State San Marcos on 4/5/12…hit safely in 15 of the team’s final 17 games…drove in two or more runs five times, including a season-high three rbi against La Sierra on 4/27/12…walked twice in a game on seven occasions.

Centennial HS: Over a three-year varsity career, he parlayed a trio of outstanding seasons for the Patriots into multiple post-season honors…was a starter at second base his first two years and spent his senior season at shortstop…part of two state tournament teams, the Patriots won the District 3 championship his junior year and lost in the state title game…hit .325 as a sophomore…a year later, he hit an eye-popping .508 on the way to second-team All-Southern Idaho Conference and all-state honors…capped off three outstanding seasons in 2011 when he hit .476 and was named first-team All-SIC…repeated as an all-state choice.