7  Christina Merrida
Christina Merrida


Woodland, Calif.

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East Carolina vs. Houston (photos by Rob Goldberg, Jr.)

Pirates fall 4-0 in the opening game to the conference champs, but then deal Cougars just third league defeat, 3-1.

2010 Preseason All-Conference USA Team member

As A Junior (2009)
Started 54 of the team's 55 games, all in center field ... Finished fourth on the squad with a .281 batting average, including a .349 average in Conference USA games ... Scored 26 runs, the fourth-most on the team ... 16 stolen bases were one behind Marina Gusman-Brown for the ECU lead ... Posted a .414 on-base percentage in C-USA action ... 22 hits in league games were third-most on the team and just two behind the leader, Angel Barrella ... Collected a team-best 12 two-hit games, leading to the second-most multiple-hit games on the squad ... From the beginning of April to the end of the season, was ECU's hottest hitter, batting .355 and scoring 11 runs ... One of five Pirates to finish the season with a 1.000 fielding percentage ... Batted .378 (17-45) leading off ... Hit .556 (5-9) during Marshall series (4/25-26) ... Went 5-8 (.625) during regular-season series at UTEP (4/10-11) ... Scored four runs during the Pirate Clash (3/10-11).

As A Sophomore (2008)
Started all but one of the team's 67 games ... Saw action exclusively in center field ... Led the Pirates in runs scored with 37 and hit by pitches with 12, the second-highest total in the conference ... Finished second on the team in stolen bases with 17, which tied her for fifth in the C-USA rankings ... Guided ECU to a 28-19 record when she was hitting in the two-spot in the lineup ... Established a career-best eight-game hitting streak (2/10-23), tied for the second-longest on the team ... Posted a.500 batting average (20-40) when leading off ... Defensively, collected seven outfield assists ... Went 4-4 in the second game of the season against N.C. Central (2/8) ... Slapped three hits in her three at-bats against Mississippi Valley State (5/17) in the NCAA Tournament ... Set season career-highs in runs, hits and stolen bases ... Scored two runs in a game 10 times.

As A Freshman (2007)
Played in 53 contests in the outfield with 39 starts ... Tallied a then career-high three hits in four at-bats at UNC Wilmington (4/17) ... Drove in a career-best two runs at Coastal Carolina (3/13) ... Established herself as the Pirates' starter in center field, playing 38 contests there ... Turned in two multiple-hit games as well as one multiple-RBI effort ... East Carolina was 3-0 when she batted in the leadoff spot ... Pirates compiled a 22-11 mark with she hit ninth ... Produced a six-game hitting streak (4/14-22) that was the second-longest on the squad.

Pioneer High School
Coached by her mother, Linda Merrida ... Team had a record of 71-9-2 over four years ... Named most valuable player of team for two years ... Named team captain ... Had a batting average of .576 as a senior and .497 as a junior ... Helped team to 2006 section championship, as well as Golden Empire League (GEL) championship ... 2005 GEL champion and state playoff participant ... 2004 junior varsity champion (the new school only had a JV team) ... 2003 Delta League champion while at Woodland High School ... Earned varsity letters in softball (three) and volleyball (one).

Academic major is communication ... Daughter of Bryan and Linda Merrida ... Played for her father on the All-American Sports Academy travel team.