Mainstay in head coach Joe Sottolano's lineup since arriving at the Academy as a freshman ... versatile performer ... shouldered starting duties at shortstop as sophomore after filling similar role at third base during freshman campaign ... shifted to second base last spring ... one of club's top offensive threats ... features quick hands through hitting zone ... sprays line drives to all fields ... drills ball well to power alleys ... patient at plate ... works opposing pitchers extremely well ... not afraid to accept base-on-balls ... boasts excellent speed and quickness ... legitimate base-stealing threat ... solid defensive performer ... capable of playing all four infield positions ... boasts soft hands and strong arm ... flashes above-average range ... clutch performer ... welcomes pressure situations ... heady performer ... lends valued leadership ability ... enjoyed "breakout" offensive season a year ago ... developed into one of top run-producers in East ... selected team co-captain for final campaign ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Enters senior season ranked sixth on Army's career doubles list (34), eighth in runs batted in (95) and 11th in batting average (.334) ... needs five doubles and 58 runs batted in to establish new school career standards in those categories ... established new single season school record for base hits last season with 75 ... also set school mark with 18 doubles ... ranked second in runs batted in (53), 14 shy of single-season school standard, and fourth in runs scored (47) ... batted .414 last spring for third highest seasonal figure in school history ... closed season ranked 12th nationally in batting average, 60th in doubles and 69th in runs batted in ... selected to the 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-American Third Team ... became only third Black Knight chosen to one of the ABCA's national All-America teams and the first since 1966 ... also named to ABCA All-Northeast Region First Team ... carries 20-game hitting streak into senior season ... school record hitting streak stands at 21 games, shared by four players ... listed by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America as one of Patriot League's "Top Players to Watch" this spring.
2004: First team All-Patriot League selection ... authored record-setting season ... closed year batting .414 with 18 doubles, six home runs, 47 runs scored and team-leading 53 runs batted in ... ranked 12th nationally in batting average ... established new single season school records for base hits (75) and doubles (18) ... ranked second on school's single-season list for runs batted in ... also listed fourth in runs scored and tied for 15th in home runs ... piled up 111 total bases ... boasted gaudy .613 on-base percentage and impressive .483 on-base mark ... successful on 11 of 14 stolen base attempts (.786) ... topped Patriot League in batting average and base hits, second in on-base percentage ... led nearest competitor in batting average by 35 percentage points ... closed year six base hits shy of single season Patriot League standard ... also ranked among conference leaders in runs batted in (2nd), runs scored (4th), doubles (3rd), total bases (3rd), slugging percentage (4th), home runs (T7th) and stolen bases (T6th) ... listed among team leaders in virtually every offensive category ... headed team in batting average, base hits, doubles, on-base percentage and runs batted in ... stood second in total bases and slugging percentage, third in runs scored, home runs and stolen bases and fifth in walks ... .414 seasonal batting average rates third best in school history, just 16 percentage points shy of single-season record ... closed year with 20-game hitting streak intact ... batted .474 (37-78) with 19 runs scored and 27 runs batted in during streak ... figure stands one shy of Army record shared by four different players ... hit .500 with runners in scoring position overall and .526 with runners on base ... posted .400 batting average against right-handed pitching and .451 against left-handed pitching ... delivered runner from third base with less than two outs on 16 of 23 opportunities for 69.6 percent success rate ... topped team with school-record 22 multiple-hit efforts ... smacked three hits on six occasions ... registered two four-hit showings ... hit .408 with two homers and 23 RBI in 20 Patriot League contests ... played entire season with broken finger ... recorded career-best four hits in victories over Hofstra and Navy ... garnered career-high seven runs batted in during road victory at Sacred Heart ... smashed first career grand slam in that affair ... fell just one RBI shy of Academy's single-game record ... drove in four runs on four other occasions ... drilled other home runs against Texas-San Antonio, Lehigh, Lafayette, Marist and Hofstra ... went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in versus Hofstra ... named Patriot League "Player of the Week" during back-to-back voting periods in mid-April ... cited for conference's top weekly award three times in all ... named ECAC "Player of the Week" once as well ... hit safely in 43 of 49 contests in which he played ... set or tied four individual school and Patriot League records ... approached five others ... named to ECAC Division I Baseball All-Star Second Team.
2003: Blossomed into major force in Black Knights' lineup ... anchored Army infield during first season at shortstop position ... one of four Cadets to start all 43 contests ... batted .300 with two home runs and 27 runs batted in ... ranked second on team in batting average and third in RBI ... added team-leading 14 doubles and one triple ... doubles total ranks tied for fifth on Army's single-season chart ... third on squad with 23 runs scored, second in base hits (45) and total bases (67) ... listed third among team leaders in homers, slugging percentage (.447), on-base percentage (.363) and stolen bases (11) ... nabbed on base paths just three times ... piled up 11 two-out RBI to list second on squad ... topped Patriot League with 14 doubles ... also ranked among conference leaders in base hits (8th), stolen bases (T7th), runs batted (T7th) and total bases (T7th) ... posted team-leading .425 batting average (17-40) with runners in scoring position ... hit .373 (25-67) with runners on base ... collected base hits in all four trips to plate with bases loaded ... delivered base runner from third base with less than two outs on 9 of 13 opportunities (.692) ... batted safely in 27 of 43 contests ... finished second on team with 12 multiple-hit performances ... garnered two three-hit showings ... also rapped out four hits twice ... drove in at least two runs on eight occasions ... scored at least two runs six times ... led team with .318 batting average during Patriot League competition ... registered four doubles and eight RBI against conference foes ... batted .500 (7-14) with runners in scoring position in conference play ... finished 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and two runs scored to lead non-league defeat of Sacred Heart ... smashed two-run home run to head that victory ... ripped other homer during win over Manhattan ... went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in that outing ... equaled career high with four hits (4-7) during thrilling 15-inning Patriot League defeat of Holy Cross ... closed season with flourish ... raised seasonal batting average 48 percentage points across final 11 games ... batted .395 (17-43) with 10 doubles and eight RBI during that torrid stretch ... hit safely in eight of those showings with six multiple-hit performances ... went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in to aid season-ending win over Siena.
2002: Enjoyed productive rookie campaign in "Black, Gold and Gray" ... drew starting berths in 34 of 36 appearances ... batted .234 with two doubles, three triples, one home run and 15 runs batted in ... latter total ranked third on club ... listed fifth on squad with 17 runs scored ... tied for sixth among team leaders with 33 total bases ... finished 9-for-15 in stolen base opportunities (.600) ... theft total ranked fourth on club ... topped squad with 21 bases-on-balls ... ranked fifth among Patriot League leaders in that category ... topped conference in walks (13) during Patriot play ... posted .393 on-base percentage ... batted .294 (10-34) with runners in scoring position ... reached base 46.4 percent of time when leading off inning ... successfully delivered runner from third base and less than two outs on 7 of 12 opportunities (.583) ... collected three multiple-hit performances ... also drove in at least two runs on three occasions ... batted safely in 19 of 36 game showings ... hit safely in 6 of 8 games to end season ... batted .333 (7-21) during that stretch ... added five runs batted in over that span ... posted two-hit efforts against Marist, Manhattan and Bucknell ... registered two RBI in wins over Sacred Heart, Manhattan and Holy Cross ... went 2-for-3 with three runs scored in series finale against Bucknell to help Army complete four-game Patriot League sweep ... belted first collegiate home run in road showing at C.W. Post ... tied for fourth among Patriot League leaders in triples (3) ... slapped three-baggers against Sacred Heart, Manhattan and Holy Cross ... authored modest five-game hitting streak early in season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Denny Leathers at Bellefonte Area High ... three-time letterwinner in both baseball and football ... two-time all-state selection at shortstop ... three-time all-conference choice ... garnered All-Western Pennsylvania laurels ... established school's single season batting average record in back-to-back showings ... hit .524 as a junior ... followed that effort with .586 mark during senior year ... school's single season record-holder in base hits as well (46) ... split time between running back and safety on gridiron ... served as team captain in both sports as a senior.
PERSONAL: Given name is Nathan Michael Stone ... born Jan. 17, 1983, in State College, Pa. ... parents' names are Pam and Mike Stone ... majoring in Systems Engineering.