GENERAL: Lettered in football, basketball and track three times each...played American Legion Baseball since baseball not offered at Montana high schools...pitcher and outfielder...coached by Jim Hanley...JUNIOR: High .306 during AL season...posted a 1.44 ERA over 66 innings...struck out 82 batters...varsity quarterback during football season, passing for 1,294 yards...all-conference honorable mention recognition...played forward on the basketball team... SENIOR: In football, received honorable mention all-conference recognition and was an all-conference honoree in track...during American Legion summer ball, had a 1.70 ERA, hit .375 and hit eight home runs.
MLB DRAFT: 29th round in the ’96 amateur draft by the New York Mets.
FRESHMAN (1996-97): Enrolled in August...finished third among Cougar pitchers with 8.36 ERA and was third in innings pitched, 61.1...second with 45 strikeouts...picked up wins against Gonzaga in early March and against Portland State late in April...longest outing was 8.2 innings against Washington when he allowed eight hits, five runs, three earned...struck out six in that game...twice had seven strikeouts, in the win over Gonazaga when he went five innings and late in the year when he beat PSU in Pullman...eight of his appearances were in starting roles...monthly pitching totals: February 9.0i/0-0/6.00, March 10.2i/1-3/10.97, April 31.0i/1-1/6.10, May 10.2i/0-1/14.34...pitching against league opponents: OSU 9.2i/0-1/10.24, PSU 13.0i/1-0/9.00, Washington 14.2i/0-1/6.75.
SOPHOMORE (1997-98): Earned a spot on the starting rotation for second consecutive year and pitched mainly in the number two and three spot for the Cougs…used primarily as the starter in the seven-inning first game of doubleheaders…posted a 4-6 record on the mound with a 7.29 ERA…pitched back-to-back complete game wins April 4 and April 11 against Washington and Portland State…almost pitched a third consecutive win against the Huskies April 18, giving up two earned runs while lasting 6.1 innings in a battle against UW ace Jeff Heaverlo…picked up a win against nationally ranked Arizona State Feb. 15 allowing five hits and three runs in six innings of work…also pitched a good game April 25 eight strikeouts per game…left handed batters hit only .226 off him...monthly pitching totals: February 15.0i/2-1/6.60, March 14.0i/0-2/10.93, April 28.0i/2-2/3.86, May 9.2i/0-1/13.03...pitching against league opponents: ASU 6.0i/1-0/., CAL 1.2i/0-0/16.20, OSU 13.0i/0-2/6.23, Washington 13.1i/1-1/3.38.
JUNIOR (1998-99): Did not miss a start all season and made one relief appearance in 1999… finished with a hard-luck record of 3-7… got off to a quick 3-0 start with wins against Gonzaga, San Jose State and Cal… against SJSU he threw 8.1 scoreless innings while striking out five in a combined shutout… got the start against No. 1 ranked Florida State and pitched well allowing two runs over seven innings while picking up the no-decision… last win of the season came March 15 vs. Cal… pitched a great game at Arizona State on April 9, allowing only five hits and striking out seven in eight innings… left with a lead in that game before WSU lost in the bottom of the ninth… struck out a season-high eight batters in his last start of the year against UW… led the team in innings pitched (95.0), games started (15) and strikeouts (64)… spent the summer of ’99 in Alaska playing with Fairbanks… went 6-3 with a 3.34 ERA… at conclusion of season was picked up by the Kenai Peninsula Oilers and went on to help the team place second in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas… monthly totals: February 18.1i/2-0/5.40, March 28.0i/1-1/4.50., April 31.1i/0-4/6.89, May 17.1i/0-2/10.38... pitching against league opponents: ARIZ 7.1i/0-1/3.68, ASU 8.0i/0-0/5.63, CAL 11.2i/1-1/6.94, OSU 13.0i/0-1/8.31, STAN 6.0i/0-1/6.00, UCLA 3.1i/0-1/10.80, USC 6.0i/0-1/12.00, Washington 13.1i/0-1/7.43.
WSU CAREER: In three years he has not missed a week of pitching in his WSU career… with 35 games started he is one off the WSU career top-10, and only 19 off the school record of 54… ranks first in the career record books in runs allowed (217), earned runs (180), and losses (18)… he ranks third in hits allowed (298)… Meldahl is a team captain for the 2000 season… he is one of nine players to have three or more years experience with the Cougars.
Todd Michael Meldahl...born 12-17-77 at Helena, Mont...parents Michael and Nancy Meldahl...one sister Holly...prep honors and activities included: vice president of National Honor Society, Montana Boys’ State delegate, Wendy’s High School Heisman Award (for scholarship, athletics and citizenship), Superintendent of School’s Student Forum, Aim Higher leadership workshop, academic All-State...prep GPA 3.92... majoring in mechanical engineering.
YEAR W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BA WP HBP BK GP GS CG SV 1997 2-5 8.36 61.1 91 68 57 35 45 9 2 8 .346 6 6 0 17 8 0 0 1998 4-6 7.29 66.2 92 71 54 36 59 14 2 13 .331 6 4 1 13 12 2 0 1999 3-7 6.54 95.0 115 78 69 41 64 17 6 16 .308 3 6 1 16 15 0 0 Career 9-18 7.26 223.0 298 217 180 112 168 40 10 37 .326 15 16 2 46 35 0 0