Down in the count 0-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning on the road at No. 1 North Carolina and with Penn State trailing by one run in an early-season game last year, Rob Yodice put together quite possibly the at-bat of the year for the Nittany Lions. He was able to battle back to a full count and on the 12th pitch of the at-bat, he slammed his first home run of his Penn State career to tie the game that the Nittany Lions would go on to win in extra innings. That hit was just the first of several more clutch hits last year for Rob last year. He hit .600 with the bases loaded last year and was among the team leaders in scoring runners from third with less than two outs. Yodice will figure to back up Joe Blackburn at catcher and he will also be the primary DH and also has the ability to play the infield.
Summer 2007: Played catcher as well as some infield for the Metro NY Cadets of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League....Got six hits, including four doubles in 31 at bats in only 13 games of action, including 11 starts....Drove in two runs and had a stolen base in his only attempt.
2007 (Junior): Rotated with Joe Blackburn between catcher and DH for most of the year....A good fielding catcher, he committed only two errors in 94 chances behind the dish....Nearly 40 percent of his 34 hits (13, 38.2 percent) were extra-base hits....Third on the team in home runs with three....Put his name into the records books by recording the first run, first triple, and the first home run at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park....Finished the season strong as he hit in 13 of his last 20 games, including in four of five games in the Big Ten Tournament.....Had four RBIs in the Big Ten Tournament.
Gulf Coast CC (Sophomore): Helped lead Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. to a 40-10 record and a #2 national ranking under head coach Mike Kandler....Helped lead the Commodores to the Florida Community College state tournament....Was named second team All-Panhandle Conference and helped lead the team to a conference co-championship....Played in 49 games and hit .300) with four home runs and 31 RBI and a .440 slugging percentage....Scored 34 runs and had 13 doubles....Drew 34 walks and had just 18 strikeouts and a .422 on base percentage....Made just two errors in 282 total chances in the field for a .993 fielding percentage and also threw out 11 runners attempting to steal in 26 total attempts.
Florida Atlantic (Freshman): Played in 25 games, starting eight of them, and hit .257 with one home run and five RBI for the Owls....Had nine hits in 35 at bats, scored five runs and had a .400 slugging percentage....Also was perfect in the field in 39 total chances.
Xavierian HS: Played for head coach Dennis Canale at Xavierian High School in Brooklyn, N.Y....Hit .400 with four home runs and 30 RBI as a senior....Was named first team All-City by the Daily News....Was ranked the #1 prep player in the state of New York by Baseball America as a senior and was ranked 151 in the top 200 in the nation as well as 10th overall of all catchers in the country....Won a summer league World Series Championship with the Bayside Yankees in 2003.
Background: Robert Anthony Yodice was born on January 31, 1986 in Staten Island, N.Y....He is the son of Robert Yodice and the late Kathleen Yodice....His father played in the New York Mets' system from 1965-69....Rob is majoring in business and would like to play professional baseball before becoming a commodities broker.