22 Alex Montagano
Coach Farley on Montagano: "Alex played several positions for us last year in a utility role. He can catch, play the outfield or play a corner infield position. His best tool is his bat. He makes consistent hard contact and knows how to move runners. He is one of the more vocal leaders on our team." 2008: Started in 23 of his 31 games played...batted .288 with a .412 on base percentage...hit .349 in 16 Horizon League games...boasted a .417 on base percentage against league foes...totaled six multi-hit games...went 5-for-11 (.455) with an RBI and four runs scored in a three-game series against Wright State (April 11-12)...finished 4-for-12 (.333) with four runs scored in a three-game set at Valparaiso (April 25-26)...2007: Started in 28 of his 35 games played...his .282 batting average is the third-best among returning players...posted 10 multi-hit games...went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored against UIC (4/21)...went 4-for-6 in two games at Valparaiso, notching a double, home run and five RBI...2006: Played in 11 games, including four starts...went 2-for-2 in the first game of a doubleheader against UIC before singling in his only at bat of the second game (5/13)...went 1-for-2 with a run scored against Marian (4/5) and IPFW (5/17)...High School: First team all-area catcher/designated hitter at Chesterton High School...team captain and all-conference performer...batted .376 with six home runs as a junior and .372 as a senior...earned two varsity baseball letters...high school coach: Jack Campbell...Personal: Born July 15, 1986...son of Nick and Dara Montagano...marketing major.