The Demon Deacons open the 2017 NCAA Regional vs. UMBC
Second Team All-ACC
ABCA Second Team All-Region
All-ACC Academic Team
Walter on Mueller
"Jake returns as an all-conference second baseman who will anchor our defense and hit in front of Aiello to set the table. Jake is a fierce competitor who has our most consistent at bats. As a coach's son, he has an incredibly high baseball IQ. He knows when to walk, when to hit behind the runner and when to look for pitches to drive."
Had a breakout campaign in his first regular action ... Finished the year with a .345 average, two homers, 16 doubles, 34 RBIs and 58 runs scored and six stolen bases in 62 appearances and 60 starts at second base ... The Deacs went 29-3 in Mueller's 32 multi-hit games ... He had a trio of four-hit games, including back-to-back efforts against Radford (March 5 - 4-for-6, 2B, RBI) and Coastal Carolina (March 8 - 4-for-5, two 2Bs, walk, four RBIs), adding another in the NCAA Regional-clinching victory over West Virginia (June 4 - 4-for-6, 2B, SB, RBI) ... Also had a three-RBI effort in the Regional-opening win over UMBC (June 2) ... Had six doubles in a four-game span from Apr. 26-May 7, including a career-high three against Davidson (Apr. 26) and two more in a game against Boston College (May 7) ... Both of his homers came in a three-game span, one during a four-RBI output vs. Georgia Tech (March 25) and another at App State (March 28) ... Hit .328 in ACC play and .276 in the NCAA Tournament ... Was steady with the glove, making just one error over the final 43 games, finishing with a .979 fielding percentage ... Was the best bunter on the team, leading the squad in sacrifice bunts (eight) and bunt singles (12) ... Played summer ball with the Amsterdam Mohawks in the PGCBL.
Performed well in limited action ... Played in 11 games, making three starts at shortstop and finishing 4-for-16 with a pair of walks ... Made his first-career start at Notre Dame, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored (Apr. 3) ... Also knocked in a pair of runs in a win over UNCG (Apr. 12) ... Spent the summer with the Baltimore Redbirds in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
Rated as the No. 426 prospect nationally by Perfect Game, also the No. 6 recruit in South Carolina and No. 68 middle infielder nationally ... High Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game in 2014 and 2015 ... Named to Top Prospect Team at the 2014 Perfect Game National Showcase ... All-Tournament Team pick at Perfect Game's 2014 WWBA 17U National Championship, 2013 Underclass World Championship, and 2013 16U World Series ... Three-time First Team All-State and All-Region honoree ... Four-time team MVP ... Hit .427 with seven doubles, five triples, a homer, and 16 steals his senior year, also throwing the first perfect game in school history ... As a junior in 2014, hit .410 with nine doubles, three triples and 25 steals ... Committed only five errors at shortstop in 165 career games ... Named The Diamond Prospects gold glove winner at shortstop for the state of South Carolina his last three seasons ... Named the high school Male Athlete of the Year in 2015 ... Named the MVP of the SC-NC Select All-Star Games at Coastal Carolina ... Teammate of fellow Demon Deacon Logan Harvey with the Evoshield Canes.
Born on Nov. 15, 1996 ... Son of Rob and Marybeth Mueller ... Member of the honor roll for all 16 quarters of high school.