Will see action in long relief and possibly spot start ... Ideally could be an everyday reliever ... Three-pitch guy with great mound presence ... 2011: Appeared in six games all coming out of the bullpen ... Worked eight innings allowing 10 runs (five earned) on nine hits posting a 5.62 ERA ... Struck out five batters while walking just one ... Made collegiate debut at No. 10 Virginia (Feb. 25) tossing a scoreless inning of work where he allowed one hit ... Second road action was against in state rival UNCW (Mar. 29) where he had another scoreless outing working 1.2 innings with a strikeout ... Lone league action was at home against UCF (Apr. 15) where he gave up three runs (all earned) on four hits and fanned a career-best two hitters ... Career-best outing was against Delaware State (May 13) where he tossed three perfect innings with one punch out ... Closed out redshirt season with an appearance against No. 1 Virginia (June 5) in the Charlottesville Regional Final allowing one run (unearned) on one hit in two-thirds of an inning ... 2011 Summer: Played for the Asheboro Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) ... Appeared in 17 games making one start ... Posted a 2.93 ERA ... Allowed 10 runs (all earned) in 30.2 innings ... Struck out 27 while walking just six ... Registered one save on the season ... Held opposing hitters to a .218 composite batting average ... Named the 44th best prospect in the CPL by Perfect Game.
2010: Redshirted during initial year with the program ... 2010 Summer: Played for the Lake Norman Copperheads with current teammate Lance Honeycutt of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League ... The duo combined to throw all nine innings in the series deciding 6-4 victory in the SBCL Championship ... Picked up the save in the championship game working four scoreless frames where he did not allow a run, walked one and fanned five ... In all he was 2-3 on the summer with a 3.27 ERA during his 17 appearances with 34 strikeouts.
J.H. Rose High School: Five-time letterwinner (baseball/4, football/1) ... Posted a 10-2 record on the bump with 117 strikeouts during senior season for the Rampants (26-4) ... Earned N.C. 4A All-State and All-Coastal Conference honors in 2009 ... As a junior, led J.H. Rose to the 2008 Coastal Conference and North Carolina State 4A Championships ... Posted a 5-0 record on the mound for the Rampants and head coach Ronald Vincent ... Fanned 40 batters in 34 innings, where he allowed just 21 hits, eight earned runs with a 1.65 ERA ... Ranked as the No. 25 prospect in North Carolina by Impact Baseball heading into senior season ... Two-time Region I State Games Participant ... Participant in the 2009 East/West Game ... Played fall baseball for the Carolina Cubs under direction of Ricky Keith ... Member of Post 39 American Legion squad ... Personal: Full name is Tanner Evan Merritt ... Born Sept. 25, 1991 in Greenville, N.C. ... Son of David and Kristy Merritt ... Has one sibling (Meredith) ... Intended major is recreation and park management with a minor in business.
CAREER HIGHS - innings pitched: 3.0 vs. Delaware State (5/13/11); strikeouts: 2 vs. UCF (4/15/11); walks: 1 vs. UNCW (4/19/11); hits: 4 vs. UCF (4/15/11); runs: 6 vs. UNCW (4/19/11); earned runs: 3 vs. UCF (4/15/11).