Union Native Pitches For Newark Bears

NEWARK—Union native Matt Melody recently made his professional debut for the Newark Bears.

The former NJIT star pitcher earned a no-decision in his June 28th start against the Bridgeport Bluefish, allowing three earned runs on five hits over four innings. Melody took the loss in his second start against the Riversharks in Camden on July 3, surrendering four runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. His record is currently 0-1 with an 8.74 ERA.

This year at NJIT, Melody appeared in 14 games and led the team with 47 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. He set a school record by striking out 12 batters in a game, the first time an NJIT pitcher reached that mark since the school started competing at the Division I level.

In 2008, Melody led the team with 27 appearances and 62 strikeouts in 52 innings. In his sophomore year in 2007, Melody averaged just under one strikeout per inning. In his freshman year, Melody made eight starts for NJIT and struck out 29 in 40.1 innings.

At Union High School, Melody earned All-County honors in baseball and football. He is the son of John and Maureen Melody. John was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 178th overall pick in the 1978 amateur draft. He pitched in the minors for one season.

Matt Melody makes his professional debut in Newark on June 28th. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Matt Melody pitches in Camden on July 3. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

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