The Demon Deacons won game 2 on a walk-off homer in the 11th, before falling in the deciding third game.
2017 Second Team All-ACC
2017 ABCA First Team All-Region
2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
2018 Consensus Preseason All-American
2018 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
Walter on Aiello
"John returns as one of the premier third basemen in all of college baseball. He has plus power to all fields, is a plus defender, a competitor and a leader. I am excited to see John build on last year's breakout season and anchor the middle of our order."
Started 56 of the 57 games at third base ... Tied for the team lead with nine home runs, also leading the squad with 40 RBIs ... Batted .231, also adding five doubles, a triple and 25 walks ... Was hit by a pitch 15 times, a mark which ranks in the top-five in program history ... Was 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts, becoming the first Deacon to be perfect in 10 or more attempts since 2008 ... Made a career-low six errors en route to a career-best .959 fielding percentage at the hot corner ... Hit home runs against UMass Lowell (twice), Florida State, Louisville, App State, Duke (twice), Liberty and High Point ... Had a great series against Duke (Apr. 6-9), going 5-for-9 with two homers, a double, three walks and eight RBIs, including a seven-RBI performance on Apr. 6 ... Tied for the team lead with four sacrifice flies.
Had a breakout sophomore season, finishing with a .328 average, 17 doubles, 20 home runs, 53 RBIs and four stolen bases as he started all 63 games - 61 at third base and two at shortstop ... His 20 homers ranked tied for second in the ACC (behind only teammate Gavin Sheets), 10th in the nation and fourth in program history ... Recorded four multi-homer games: at Duke (March 17), at Davidson (Apr. 26), vs. App State (May 16) and at Florida (June 11) in the NCAA Super Regional ... Hit .324 with seven homers in ACC action, and batted .346 in the NCAA Tournament ... Didn't commit an error the final 20 games of the season, finishing with a .952 fielding percentage ... Drilled five homers in a six-game span from March 8-17 - one at Coastal Carolina, one vs. NC State, one at High Point and two at Duke ... Reached base in 21 straight games from Feb. 21-March 26 ... Recorded three-straight three-hit games from Apr. 22-May 5 - one at Clemson, one at Davidson (five RBIs) and one vs. Boston College ... Was hit by 13 pitches, most on the team ... Split the summer between the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.
Played in and started 55 games in his inaugural campaign, finishing the year with a .226 average, 12 doubles, six homers and 20 RBIs ... Hit .357 (5-for-14) during the ACC Championship (May 24-28), second on the team, with a double and home run ... Went deep twice in his collegiate debut, a 3-1 win vs. Georgetown (Feb. 19) ... Reached base in 22 consecutive games from March 5 - Apr. 16, raising his average nearly 100 points ... Also homered at Coastal Carolina (March 9), Virginia Tech (May 13), and against Virginia (May 27) and Minnesota (June 3) ... Committed just one error over his final 11 games ... Recorded 12 two-hit games ... Played summer ball with the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League.
Rated as the No. 71 high school recruit in the nation by Perfect Game, as well as the No. 3 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 11 middle infielder ... Invited to the 2014 18U USA National Team Trials, where he injured his elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery ... Played in the 2014 Perfect Game All-American Game in San Diego, Calif. ... Also named a Perfect Game Underclass All-American in 2013 and 2014 ... Won gold medals with the 2011 14U U.S. National Team in Venezuela and with the 2012 15U U.S. National Team in the Dominican Republic ... Competed in the 2014 USA Tournament of Stars, and was a member of the 2014 Area Code Team.
Born on Feb. 14, 1997 ... Son of Rich and Trish Aiello ... Grandmother played professional basketball for the Arkansas Travelers in the 1950s.