HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Claremont High School ... Played four years of varsity baseball as a starter for head coach Geoff Ranney ... Battes .429 with four homers, four triples, eight doubles, 35 RBI and a .762 slugging percentage as a senior ... Was All-Sierra League first team, All-Inland Valley first team, All-CIF second team and All-State third team his senior year ... Named team captain and MVP as a senior and junior ... His 35 RBI as a senior were a Claremont High record.
CLUB: Played three years of club ball for the ABD Bulldogs under head coach Mike Spears ... Team won the Perfect Game Underclass National Championship in 2011 ... Was the 36th ranked player nationally by Perfect Game ... Also played for the Yankees, Red Sox and Royals Elite scout teams.
PERSONAL: Given name is Nicholas Robert Costello ... Born in San Dimas, Calif. ... Parents are Bob and Sharon Costello ... Has one sister, Brittney (25) ... chose Pepperdine for its excellent academics and baseball program, and because it is a Christian University.
FAVORITES: LeBron James (athlete); Miami Heat (team); The Outsiders (book); The Rundown (movie); Seinfeld (TV show); 50 cent (musical artist); Pizza (food); Basketball (sport other than baseball)