After a breakout season as a freshman in 2011 and strong sophomore and junior seasons, Tendler looks to continue to be a leader for the Aggies in 2014…Earned first-team All-MEAC honors and Louisville Slugger third-team All-American honors in 2013…A&T will depend upon him to help spark their offense…Looks to move to the outfield for his senior season…Has played multiple positions throughout his career including third base shortstop and second base…Has a career .350 average with 55 doubles, 15 triples, 17 home runs and 142 RBI…Ranked fourth in the nation in doubles in 2013…Was named preseason MEAC Player of the Year in 2013 and has earned preseason first-team honors twice…Named No. 2 Prospect for 2013-14 draft from the MEAC by Baseball America…Has earned All-MEAC honors twice, picking up second team recognition as a junior…Named best infield arm and biggest power threat by CollegeBaseballInsider.com…Named preseason MEAC of the Year by Baseball America in 2012…Ranked second in the Top 10 prospects for 2012-13 by Baseball America…Named hitter you would least like to face and named one of three best pure hitters in the MEAC by CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2012.
2013 Season: Started in all 51 games and finished with a .369 average, 25 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 34 RBI…Picked up first-team All-MEAC honors and Louisville Slugger third-team All-American honors…Scored 41 runs and stole 17 bases…Posted a .937 fielding percentage…Led the team in average, hits, doubles, triples and on-base percentage…Was second on the team in home runs, slugging percentage, runs scored and was third in RBI…Was tied for second in stolen bases with Dylan Hipp…Ranked sixth in the nation in doubles, and ranked among MEAC leaders in average, hits, RBI, doubles, home runs and total bases...Hit safely in nine games from April 24-May 7, hitting .441 with six doubles, a triple and two RBI in that span….Was named MEAC Player of the Week on March 7 after hitting .474 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI in four games from Feb. 27-March 3…Hit safely seven straight games from Feb. 27-March 9…Batting ninth on Feb. 21 against Marshall, he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI…Finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a season-high six RBI in Game 1 against N.C. Central on March 2…Batted .467 for the series at N.C. Central…Went 4-for-7 with three doubles and three RBI in two games on March 9 against Binghamton…Against Lehigh on March 13, he batted 3-for-4 with a grand slam…Collected a double, a home run and two RBI against Savannah State on March 22…Pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief on March 31 at Florida A&M, picking up the save in his pitching debut…Batted 4-for-4 at Campbell on April 9, and went 3-for-3 with two doubles on April 12 at Gardner-Webb…On April 13, he hit 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Gardner-Webb.
2012 Season: Started all 55 games…Was fourth on the team with a .305 average (67-for-220) with 10 doubles, six triples, six home runs and a team-best 55 RBI…Led the team in slugging percentage, triples, home runs and total bases…Had 10 walks and 32 strikeouts on the year…Was one of five A&T players to hit over .300 in 2012… Named to the 2012 MEAC All-Tournament Team…Ranked fourth in MEAC in slugging percentage (.486)…Ranked second in MEAC in RBI (55)…Ranked third in MEAC in triples (6), second in home runs and first in total bases…Hit safely in 20 consecutive games from April 4-May 5, which was the longest hitting streak on the team in 2012 and the longest of his career…Batted .400 (32-for-80) during his 20-game streak with four doubles, two triples, five home runs and 22 RBI…Went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI on March 10 against N.C. Central…Went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored on April 1 at Savannah State… Batted 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and a season-high five RBI and a season-high five runs on April 14 at N.C. Central…Was a triple shy of the cycle on April 14…His five RBI and five runs scored and two home runs were most RBI, runs and home runs tallied a single game by an A&T player in 2012…Went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI and three runs scored on April 28 against Bethune-Cookman, and was a triple shy of the cycle…Went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBI on May 17 against Coppin State in the MEAC tournament, and was a home run shy of the cycle…Batted .294 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI in the 2012 MEAC tournament…Led the team with four four-hit games in 2012.
2011 Season: Made 54 starts in 55 games played … Led the team with a .380 batting average (81-for-213) with 20 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 53 RBI and 33 runs scored in 55 games…It was the second-highest batting average in the MEAC, and he ranked second in the MEAC in hits (81), third in the MEAC in RBI (67), first in the MEAC in doubles (20)…Was first on the team in hits, second on the team in RBI, first in doubles, and first in doubles… Was named first-team Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, first-team Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American, first-team Perfect Game Freshman All-American and first-team All-MEAC…Earned Male Freshman Athlete of the Year at N.C. A&T in 2011…Had a season-high four RBI on March 22 at Davidson…Went 4-for-6 with a triple, two RBI and a run on May 14 at Savannah State…Had two games in which he had six at-bats…Collected two doubles in a game three times…Homered in three consecutive games, all against Delaware State from April 30 to May 1…Struck out just 15 times all season, and had 11 walks…Had a season-long nine-game hitting streak from April 9 to April 23…Had the third-best slugging percentage at .606 in the MEAC…Earned MEAC Player of the Week Honors on March 16 and MEAC Rookie of the Week honors on May 16.
High School: Played varsity baseball at Laney High School for two seasons…Earned first-team all-conference and first-team All-Area honors as a junior and senior…Garnered first-team all-state honors as a senior…Also played basketball.
Personal: Full name is Luke Tendler…He is the son of Joyce Grady and Hal Tendler…Has one sister, Caesarea… He was born on Aug. 25, 1991…His major is general economics…Looks forward to a career in professional baseball…His favorite television show is “Prison Break” and his favorite food is fried chicken…Says the best part of being an A&T student-athlete is riding in the North Carolina A&T State University team bus.