Finished the season hitting .302 with 11 home runs and 20 doubles…averaged jumped from .299 to .302 with a ninth-inning home run against LSU in the College World Series in his final at-bat as a Seminole…82 runs batted in ranked second in the country and was the most for a Florida State player since Buster Posey had 93 in 2008…ranked eighth in sacrifice flies (8), 11th in RBI per game (1.21), 52nd in doubles (20), and 92nd in total bases (130)…finished the season reaching base in a career-high 20 consecutive games…four of first six home runs on the season were grand slams, setting the FSU record for grand slams in a season…led the country in grand slams…had grand slams in back-to-back games at Virginia Tech…had eight hits in five games of the Tallahassee Regional, with two doubles…in his final regular season home game against Wake Forest, went 5-for-5 with five singles (set a career-high for hits in a game and was the first FSU player to go 5-for-5 since Jayce Boyd in 2011)…had three doubles and five RBI at Louisville, the only FSU player with three doubles in a game in 2017…taken in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB Draft (773 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies…tied the FSU record for hits in an inning (with many players) with two against Pacific…finished his FSU with a .300 average, 23 home runs and 168 runs batted in…career tied for ninth in school history with 31 hit by pitches.
Started 54 games of the season and collected 60 hits to end his junior year with an average of .300 and an on-base percentage of .354…finished the season with 16 multi-hit games…recorded his first three-hit game of the season on March 8 against in-state rival USF to give the Seminoles a 12-4 edge while collecting three RBI…recorded a season-high five RBI against Notre Dame on April 22 while going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double…capped off a three-game series against Notre Dame by going 7-for-14 with 10 RBI and three homers…on April 25, following the Notre Dame series, Nieporte was awarded with ACC Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, and College Sports Madness National Hitter of the Week accolades…played summer ball for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League where he hit .275 in 54 games, drawing 27 walks (while only striking out 12 times) and tallying a team-high 40 RBI.
Made an immediate impact in his first season at Florida State…finished the year hitting .297 (62-for-209) while providing protection in the line-up for All-American DJ Stewart…appeared in 61 games with 54 starts…ranked second on the team in batting average, RBI (48) and hit-by-pitches (13), tied for fourth in doubles (10) and fifth in home runs (7) en route to earning All-ACC third team honors at first base…ranked fourth in the ACC and 99th nationally as the toughest to strikeout averaging just one strikeout for every 11 at-bats…led all Seminoles with a .333 (33-for-101) batting average in ACC play…struck out just seven times in 30 league games…had a career day against UCF (March 11) reaching base in all five plate appearances going 4-for-4 with two home runs, two singles and a walk…drove in seven runs in his first two at-bats after seeing just two pitches – connected on a three-run home run in the second inning, followed by a grand slam in the third…became the first Seminole to record seven RBI in a game since Buster Posey had seven against Miami (April 28, 2007)…led the Seminoles to a victory over their intra-state rival Florida (April 14) in Tallahassee connecting on a walk-off, solo home run in the bottom of the 12th to give FSU a 4-3 win…finished the year with 18 multi-hit games – second most on the team…went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against NC State (5/24) in leading the Noles to their sixth ACC Championship in school history…named Most Outstanding Player of the Tallahassee Regional after connecting on two big home runs and finishing with a team-best five RBI…hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth against College of Charleston (5/30) to break a 2-2 tie in the winner’s bracket game of the regionals…followed with a three-run shot against the Cougars (6/1) in the regional final…finished the NCAA Tournament hitting .333 (7-for-21) with a double, two home runs, seven RBI and two runs scored…closed out the season registering two hits each in four of his last six games.
Hit .374 with 61 RBI and six home runs for the Eagles…named Panhandle All-Conference and Second Team All-State as a freshman.
Graduated from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Ga….helped lead St. Pius to the 2010 regional championship…named a Perfect Game Underclass All-American honorable mention honoree…Perfect Game Home Run Derby Champion…preseason All-American before senior season…named Southeast All-Region, St. Pius MVP while winning the school offensive award for the third consecutive season.
Son of Brian Bollaci and Penne Nieporte…has a brother, Brody, and sister, Mimi…athletic family includes mom who played four years of tennis at Florida State, grandfather Tom who was on the PGA Tour, and uncle Jay, drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1985…majoring in social science…born on July 29, 1994.