#6 Jonathan Popadics
Pos: INF
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Year: JR
Major: Business Administration
Parents: Mark & Barbara
Birthday: September 17
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Centennial
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2014:  One of the nation’s best shortstops is expected to provide stellar defense once again and hit with authority and amazing consistency…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 from the opening pitch…has superb plate discipline, working the count and not chasing pitches…has become a doubles machine, finding the gaps with line drives…runs well and is a threat to steal every time he reaches base…has grown into a role as a leader…should vie for postseason honors once again.

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.