(St. Joseph, MO) Nick Adriano's smart, but not quite as smart as he was in high school.
"I had a 4.0 all through high school," Adriano said. "Right now, I'm sitting at a 3.9. History got me."
Sometimes tough hops get him too, but fielding grounders isn't at the top of his priority list.
"Math and science has really interested me. It challenges me. Computer engineering's something new to me. I hadn't taken a lot of computer classes, but I enjoyed writing code and parts of the the software engineering.
The three-sport star made his mark in Mid-Buch athletics, but he chose baseball.
"I had offers out of high school. Nothing big, nothing like Mizzou. "
He chose Mizzou for the books and gave baseball a shot with the Tigers, but the test results didn't come back high after he missed the cut in an offseason tryout.
"Playng for Mizzou would be a pretty good deal, but it just didn't work out."
He's earned a spot on the Mustangs roster, keeping sharp and hoping to transfer to a Division II school in the fall of 2012.
I've been to games the past couple of years and it's something I like to do. It's really competitve and a really high level of baseball to play, so it's good to be back with something like this."
Adriano has no illusions of playing pro baseball, but with a plan for the future, he's enjoying the ride with the Mustangs.
"I'd have to say this is probably the highest level. just competing with a bunch of college guys from all sorts of places. It's nice to get to know guys, pick up certain things. Plus, getting back on the field is nice.