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THE PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB

2010 OFFICIAL GUIDE


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TABLE OF CONTENTS CLUB BASEBALL AT ITS FINEST!...........................................2 BASEBALL. THE PSBC WAY…….……………………………………..4 2010 SEASON PREVIEW…….………………………………………...5 ALPHABETICAL ROSTER……...…………………………...6 SQUAD BREAK DOWN………………...…………………...7 THE PITCHERS………………………………………………...8 THE CATCHERS………………………………………………..9 THE INFIELDERS…………………………………………...10 THE OUTFIELDERS………………………………………...11

TEAM IMFORATION

GENRERAL INFORMATION

School Name………….……….……….…...Penn State University Active Players (D1& D2)……………………………………….…...42 Location…..…………………..……....... State College, PA 16801 2009 National Rank…………………………………………...….. 6th Founded………...…………………..…..………..…….…….1996 2009 Overall Record (D1)…………………………………...…. 21-6 Colors…………………………...……..………... Navy and White 2009 NAR West Record………………………………………... 12-3 Nickname… …………………………..….…...……..Nittany Lions 2009 World Series Record……………………………………......1-2 Affiliation………….....National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Overall World Series Record…………………………………. 15-16 Region……………………….…………..…... North Atlantic West National Championships…………………………………………….. 0 Stadium…………………….……... Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Region Championships………………………………………...……...8

THE SCHEDULE……………………………………………..13 THE NORTH ATLANTIC REGION……………………….14 THE SENIORS SPEAK OUT……………………………...15 COACHING STAFF…………………………………………….…………16 BILL LIPPERT: HEAD COACH…..……….……….…….17 D.J. DAILEY: ASSISTANT COACH……………...………19 COACHES OF THE PSBC……………………………..….20 PLAYER PROFILES……………………………………………………..21

President…………………………...…………….. Kristopher Park 2009 Team Batting Avg……………….………………………..0.343

RETURNING PLAYERS……………………………….22-44

2009 Team ERA…………………………………………………..3.84

ROOKIES…………………...………………………………….45

D1 Head Coach………………...………………….…...Bill Lippert National Awards………………………..….Dan Deiulis (All-American)

ALUMNI……………………………….…………………………………….54

COACHING STAFF

D1 Assistant Coach………………………………….…DJ Dailey Position Players Returning/Lost…………………………………..10/4 D2 Head Coach…………………..……...…………..

Joe Vehec Pitchers Returning/Lost…………………………………………….2/4

D2 Assistant Coaches…………….... Brian Massimilla/Zach Frelin

It is the mission of the Penn State Baseball Club to provide the opportunity for students at Penn State University to continue playing organized, competitive baseball at the collegiate level through various programs such as the Fall League, Division I, and Division II National Teams.

TRADITION. 14 YEARS STRONG……...……………...55 HISTORY/STATE OF THE PSBC……………..………..57 14 YEARS OF PHOTOS…………………………………...59 PSBC WALL OF ALUMNI………………………………....63

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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • SEASON PREVIEW

THE PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No.

NAME

POS

YR

HT

WT

B/T

BREAKDOWN BY STATE Pennsylvania (16):…………….Brouwers

HOMETOWN (HIGHSCHOOL)

Criner

Dixon

Ellicott, MD (Marriotts ridge )

Keefer

Kittka

Felix Gilbert Hillegas Norris

Park

Price

33

Steven Blucher

Lhp

so

6’ 2’’

175

l

10

steve brouwers

ss

sr.

6’ 0’’

175

r/r

Newtown square, pa (Archbishop carrol)

5

Andrew criner

0f

sr.

5’ 10’’

175

R/R

Bryn Mawr, PA (Radnor)

25

Evan Dixon

RHP

Fr.

6’ 1’’

195

R

Greencastle, pa (Greencastle-Antrim)

27

Andrew Felix

RHP

FR.

6’ 0’’

176

R

Lancaster, Pa (Hempfield)

Jason freeman

inf

jr.

5’ 10’’

180

L/R

Wyckoff, nj (Indian Hills)

22

Brad Gaugh

C

sr.

6’ 3’’

220

R/R

Perry hall, md (Perry Hall)

17……….………...…..……..Freeman(1989)

42

Andrew georgeson of

fr.

5’ 9’’

175

R/L

Bridgewater, NJ (Bridgewater-Rarian)

23……………………....……..Gaugh(1988)

Kyle Gilbert

rhp

so

6’ 3”

180

R

Duncannon, PA (Susquenita)

27………………………………..Felix(1991)

26

weston hillegas

rhp

sr.

6’ 2’’

180

R

mars, pa (mars)

29………..………...……….Blucher(1990)

28

Ryan keefer

rhp/1b fr.

5’ 11’

210

R/R

Reedsville, pa (Indian Valley)

31…………………..……...Zahoran(1989)

6

Ben kittka

rhp

jr

6’ 2’’

200

R

Meadville, pa (Meadville Area)

7

Dan Norris

2b

jr.

6’ 0’’

185

R/R

Hempfield, pa (Hempfield)

12

kris park

3b

sr.

5’ 11’’

170

r/r

somerset, pa (Bishop McCort)

37

Greg Piehler

RHP

FR

6’ 0”

200

R

20

Craig price

inf

jr

6’ 0”

210

R/R

South park, pa (South Park)

4

Eric soring

of

jr

5’ 7’’

170

l/r

Aston, pa (Penn State Delco)

16

rob slauch

1b/dh

jr.

6’ 0’’

185

l/l

Collegeville, pa (Perkiomen valley)

36

Wyatt Thompson

c

fr.

6’ 0”

185

R/R

West Chester, PA ( Unionville)

17

jesse zahoran

c

jr.

5’ 11’

180

r/r

strattanville, pa (Clarion-Limestone)

3

1

Pittsburgh, Pa (North Allegheny HS)

Soring Slauch

Thompson

Zahoran

PIEHLER Maryland (2)…………………Gaugh Blucher New Jersey (2)……………. Freeman Georgeson

BREAKDOWN BY BIRTHDAY January:

MARCH:

15………………..…..….....Brouwers(1988)

5…………...………….………...Keefer(1991) Piehler (1991)

APRIL:

4……………………...……...Soring(1988)

May:

11…………………….…..…. Norris (1989) 18…………………...….Georgeson(1991)

June:

24………………..………...Hillegas (1988)

August:

16…………………………….....Price(1988)

September:

19………………………...…...Dixon(1990) 24……..……………... Thompson (1990)

October:

5…………………………... Gilbert (1990) 29……………...……...……. Slauch (1988)

November:

17……………………….......... Criner (1987) 20…………………………...Kittka (1988) 26………………...……………Park (1987)

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PSBC SQUAD BREAK-DOWN RETURNING POSITION PLAYERS (10)

C

brad

C

GAUGH

15 games: 0.233 10H 7RBI

1B

rob

Dan

2B

SLAUCH

3B

Norris

Steve

23 games: 0.425 34H 8RBI

Eric

Jason

Freeman

Kris

Park

25 games: 0.395 30H 24RBI

brouwers OF

OF

Zahoran

14 games: 0.250 13H 5RBI

12 games: 0.235 8H 5RBI

SS

Jesse

1B

12 games: 0.406 13H 12RBI

13 games: 0.267 10H 4RBI

2B

POSITION PLAYERS LOST (4)

Andrew

Criner

OF R

Weston

Hillegas

6-1 2.48ERA 31K 40 IP

OF

Brown

Powden

Mike

Mohns

16 games: 0.286 12H 12RBI

Dave

L

Hine

3-0 4.18ERA 27K 28 IP

John

Ryan

Frankeny

7-0 3.97ERA 32K 34 IP

Garczynski R

4-1 5.34ERA 14K 28.67 IP

17 games: 0.339 19H 20RBI

R

Mark

Nick

23 games: 0.385 30H 31RBI

Pitchers LOST (4)

R

RETURNING PITCERS (2)

2B

Derosa

10 games: 0.294 10H 10RBI

23 games: 0.284 25H 13RBI

Soring

Andrew

16 games: 0.340 18H 8RBI

John

Parulski

1-0 2.57ERA 8K 7 IP

Rookies (9)

L

Steve

Blucher

0-0 0.00ERA 4K 2 IP

C

Wyatt

INF

Thompson

Freshman, West Chester, PA

1B/P

Ryan

Andrew

Freshman, Bridgewater, NJ

RHP

Felix

Freshman, Lancaster, Pa

RHP CLASS BREAKDOWN

Kyle

Senior……………………………….…..5

Dixon

Ben

Kittka

Junior, Meadville, PA

Greg

PieHLER

Freshman, Pittsburgh, PA

Sophomore…….…………..…..……….2 Junior……………………………….…..7

RHP

Gilbert

RHP

Evan

Freshman, Greencastle, PA

Sophomore, Duncannon, PA

Freshman…………….……………...…. 6

Price

OF Andrew Georgeson

Keefer

Freshman, Reedsville, PA

RHP

Craig

Junior, South Park, PA

Coaches

35

BILL

Lippert

Head Coach, 4th Season

9

DJ

Dailey

Asst. Coach, 2nd Season

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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • SEASON PREVIEW

2010 SEASON PREVIEW After the sub-par performance in the 2009 NCBA World series, the Penn State Baseball Club is looking for revenge in 2010. The squad is coming off of the most productive fall and early spring semester in team history in hope to give them the competitive edge in the upcoming season. Even though the PSBC fell short at the NCBA World Series, their 2009 season was not a disappointment. They earned their 7th regional title , posted a 21-6 record and a national ranking of 6th place to conclude an outstanding decade of Penn state baseball.

2010 NCBA Preseason National Rankings returning pitchers Hillegas, and Blucher look to provide leadership for a Very Young Pitching staff in 2010.

1. 2. 3. 4.

Colorado State Arizona State PENN STATE Clemson

5. 6. 7. 8.

James Madison Maryland Illinois Weber State

9. Sam Houston State 10. Pittsburgh 11. Florida 12. N.C. State

The 2010 squad consists of a unique blend attitude and leadership from the returning players along with a THE PITCHERS

competitive and talented list of newcomers. Five of the returning players are seniors which will have to fill the

In 2009, the PSBC lost a trio of pitchers that is argued to be the best

roll of senior leadership that graduated in 2009. Offen-

pitchers to every play for the club. Now that Dave Hine, Ryan

sively, the team looks to improve in clutch situations.

Frankeny, and John Garczynski are gone, there is huge hole to fill in

The pitchers look to revamp the rotation as the staff

the pitching staff for 2010.

lost some crucial players in 2009. In all, the unique chem-

Yet, this hole should be easily filled by the returning pitchers

istry between the returning players and rookies seems to

Weston Hillegas and Steve Blucher,. Hillegas is coming off an im-

produce a very challenging Penn State squad: a squad

pressive 2009 campaign as he went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA. Sophomore

that is eager for its first national title

Southpaw Steve Blucher looks to add left handed diversity to a 2010

The team has learned a lot from 2009. As the NCBA

rotation dominated by right-handers.

becomes more competitive each year, winning games must

The gap will also be filled by an influx of rookie talent. The

be earned and not taken for granted. For instance, in

club added six new pitchers to the 2010 rotation, who each bring

2009, the PSBC lost 3 straight games to rival University of

unique attributes to the pitching staff. Right handed freshman Evan

Pittsburgh in one weekend. The PSBC was able to correct

Dixon, Andrew Felix, Greg Philer, and Ryan Keefer should see a sig-

this skid and advance to the world series, but consistency, clutch performances, and senior leadership will be the keys to the team’s success in 2010.

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PITCHERS (7) No.

NAME

Year

HT

WT TH

37 26 33 1 6

Greg Philer FR weston hillegas sr. Steven Blucher so Kyle Gilbert so Ben kittka jr

6’ 6’ 6’ 6’ 6’

0’’ 2’’ 2’’ 3” 2’’

200 180 175 180 200

25 27

Evan Dixon Andrew Felix

6’ 1’’ 6’ 0’’

195 176

Fr. FR.

HOMETOWN (High school)

R Pittsburgh, Pa (North Allegheny) R mars, pa (mars) l Ellicott, MD ( Marriotts Ridge) R Duncannon, pA (Susquenita) R Meadville, pa (Meadville ) R R

Greencastle, pa (Greencastle) Lancaster, Pa (Hempfield)

posses a high level of maturity and knowledge for the game despite their young, raw talent. In addition, former Division 2 players Kyle Gilbert (Sophomore) and Ben Kittka (Junior) will also provide supWyatt Thompson, a catcher from West Chester, PA was

port to the young staff. Both Kitta and Gilbert are coming off impressive 2009 campaigns with the Division two team.

also added to the roster. Thompson had a short stint with the

Both pitchers have an overpowering fastball, which will

varsity program in the fall of 2009. In high school, Thompson

come in handy in tight situations. The PSBC hopes that both

was awarded first team all-ches-mont and defensive player of

pitchers can carry their experience from Division two right

the year by the local newspapers. The PSBC is happy to have him

into the more competitive Division one level.

on the squad and looks forward for him to display his quick bat and overpowering arm.

THE CATCHERS

For the 2010 Season, all three catchers should see significant time behind the dish. In addition, Zahoran, Gaugh, and

The core of the catching squad from the 2009 season has returned from the 2010 season. Senior Brad

Thompson are also great candidates for a designated hitter.

Gaugh and junior Jesse Zahoran, who both have vet-

Furthermore, Thompson is versatile enough that he might see

eran experience on the team, hope to provide solid per-

some innings in the outfield.

formances behind the plate. Gaugh, who had a short stint with the varsity squad his freshman year had an impressive 2009 campaign as he threw out a majority of

CATCHERS (3)

base stealers. Zahoran had an incredible 2009 season of-

No.

fensively as he batted over .400 with multiple clutch

22 17

Brad Gaugh Jesse zahoran

37

Wyatt Thompson fr.

performances in the North Atlantic Regional And the

NAME

Year

sr. jr.

WT

B/T

HOMETOWN (High school)

6’ 3’’ 220 5’ 11’ 190

HT

R/R r/r

Perry hall, md (Perry Hall) strattanville, pa (Clarion-Limestone)

6’ 0” 185

R/R

West Chester, PA (Unionville)

NCBA World Series.

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2010 SEASON PREVIEW THE INFIELDERS

In 2009, the infielders lost possibly one of the best all-around players in team history. Even though former second baseman nick powden is gone , the infield squad is full of veteran talent ready to step up and contribute to a world series bid. The 2010 infield is looking stronger than ever, as all four infield positions are filled with veteran experience. Furthermore, there is an unique blend of rookie experience the molds perfectly with the already solid infrastructure. Seniors Kris Park (Third Base) and Steve Brouwers look to lead the infield in 2010. Park, who is entering his fourth year on the team, is looking to contribute his quick agility and consistent offence to the lineup. Brouwers is entering his third year on the PSBC and looks to lead with his consistent defense at shortstop. Junior First Baseman Rob Slauch is entering his third year on the club. Slauch looks to provide support offensively with his quick hands at the plate. Juniors Dan Norris and Jason Freeman will also see significant

Park, Slauch, Brouwers, Norris, and Freeman have veteran experience to lead the infield in 2010

time at second base. Freeman is also known to fill the Designated Hitter position from time-to-time. The PBSC is very excited to have Junior Craig Price and freshman Ryan Keefer. Haling from South Park, Pa, Price started his college career playing for Penn State Greater Allegheny. INFIELDERS (7) No.

NAME

Now at University Park, Price looks to bring his strong Year

HT

WT

B/T HOMETOWN (High school)

arm and powerful bat to the PSBC. Keefer, who is resides

12

Kris Park

sR

5’ 11”

170

r/r

Somerset, PA (Bishop MCCort)

10

Steve Brouwers

SR

6’ 0”

175

R/R

Newtown Square, PA (Carroll)

16

Rob Slauch

JR.

6’ 0”

185

l/l

Collegeville, PA (Perkiomen Valley)

right handed pitcher and a first baseman. Offensively,

2

Jason Freeman

JR.

5’ 10”

180

L/R

Wycoff, NJ (Indian Hills)

Keefer made mincemeat of pitchers in the 2009 PSBC Fall

7

Dan Norris

JR.

6’ 0’’

185

R/R

Hempfield, PA (Hempfield)

league. The team is hoping he will provide the same offen-

21

Craig price

JR.

6’ 0’’

210

R/R

South park, PA (South park)

sive talent in the 2010 spring season.

28

Ryan Keefer

FR

5’ 11’’

210

R/R

Reedsville, PA (Indian Valley)

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THE OUTFIELDERS

The outfield has the same core group of players back for the upcoming 2010 season. Andrew Criner, and Eric Soring each have a unique blend of attributes and when combined, make a great pair of outfielders. Junior Eric Soring is entering his second year on the Penn State Baseball Club. Last year, Soring finished the season with eye opening statistics both offensively and defensively as he finished the season with a .375 batting average and four homeruns. This season, Soring will resume his command as the PSBC’s everyday left fielder. Senior Andrew Criner is entering his third and final season on The Penn State Baseball Club. In 2009, Criner was the everyday centerfielder and had minimal defensive errors. Criner finished the season batting .284 with 15 runs scored. He hit the team’s only grand slam at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park as well. In 2010, Criner looks to resume as the PSBC’s center fielder and provide a consistent bat either at the top or bottom of the lineup. The PSBC is happy to add freshman Andrew Georgson to the outfield squad. Hailing from Bridgewater, NJ, Georgson brings even more speed and range to the outfield. His attributes will blend easily with the solid outfield infrastructure. At his native Bridgewater-Raritan high school, he was a two year varsity letter winner and captain of the baseball team senior. He has a very bright future with the PSBC. In 2010, Georgeson should see significant time in right field. In addition, he versatility and speed gives him the ability to pinch run if needed.

OUTFIELDERS (3) No.

NAME

Year

HT

WT

B/T HOMETOWN (High school)

5

Andrew CrineR

sR

5’ 10’’

175

R/R

Bryn Mawr, PA (Radnor)

4

Eric Soring

JR

5’ 7”

170

L/R

Aston, PA (Penn State Delco)

Andy GeorgesoN FR.

5’ 9”

170

R/L

Bridgewater, NJ (Bridgewater-Rarian)

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THE SCHEDULE Opponent March 8:

March 9:

March 10:

Time

Location

vs. Illinois State

11:30am

Tampa, FL

vs. Michigan State

5:00pm

Tampa, FL

vs. Ferris State

9:00am

Tampa, FL

vs. Pittsburgh

5:00pm

Tampa, FL

vs. Bowling Green

11:30am

Tampa, FL

vs. Minnesota State

2:00pm

Tampa, FL

March 20:

vs. Kent State (dh)

Kent, OH

March 27:

vs. Pittsburgh (dh)

Pittsburgh, PA

April 10:

vs. Suny-Buffalo (dh)

Buffalo, NY

April 16-17:

vs. Pittsburgh (3gms)

University Park, PA

April 24-25:

vs. Buffalo (3gms)

University Park, PA

May 1-2:

vs. Kent State (dh)

University Park, PA

May 8/9:

vs. James Madison (4gms)

Harrisonburg, VA

May 14-16: May 31– June 6:

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NORTH ATLANTIC REGIONALS

Oneonta, NY Fort Myers, FL


2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • SEASON PREVIEW

THE NORTH ATLANTIC REGION

Syracuse

University of

Cornell

Rutgers

College of

University

Massachusetts

University

University

New Jersey

Drexel University

Lafayette University SUNY-Albany

University of

University of Delaware

SUNY-Cortland

Connecticut

University of Pittsburgh

Kent State University

SUNY-Buffalo

Penn State University

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The FINAL SEASON…...

THE SENIORS SPEAK OUT ust” is a m p i h s pion legas c ha m l a n Hil n o o i t s t e a -W “A n

“I’m l oo king ball to e car nd e e my c rw ship ith om p . a na etit tion ive b al c aseham pion - An dre wC rine r

“Obviously, the goal every year is to win the national championship, but I hope with the progress we’ve made as a club the past few years that this goal becomes a perennial reality. This 2010 group of seniors is large, close, and talented and has been together battling serious competition for the last 3 years. I could not have hand-picked a better group and am proud to be a part of this 2010 PSBC senior class.” - Kris Park

"The 2 010 se ason onshi has p. Thi s mean one goal: every Natio s the single nal C team i r new s hampi s wor peed/p ep in pract k ing h ice wh lyome pitch a rd t e ing d r t h i c e s r , hitti rills. it be t team h ng, fi he Every as yet eldin membe to ac g ship. , o r r un hi Havin g lear eve the alw derstands work this ned in ays el ethic us could the pa team i st tha ive endan s focu t a sli ge se ing fu p in n as a d day in an r the seaso lwa n, the d day other out w fellow ys. As my l hile h ast ye senio avar as rs, it's w ell as go tim e. - Stev e Brou wers

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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • COACHING STAFF

Bill Lippert Head Coach • 4th Season Penn State University, 2004

The 2010 Penn State Baseball Club Division I team will once again have Bill Lippert behind the helm. Entering his fourth season as head Coach, Lippert is nothing but optimistic for the upcoming season. As a former PSBC player, turned alumnus, Lippert has been around enough to know what it takes to produce a winning team. He and the rest of the PSBC see nothing but a trip to Fort Myers, FL at the end of May. Haling from Pittsburgh, PA, Lippert attended Penn State University from 1999-2004. During his years as an undergrad, he was on of the top pitchers for the Penn state baseball club. Once graduated, Lippert became an employee for the university. He is currently an advisor in the Smeal College of Business. Lippert’s love for The Penn State Baseball Club was still present well after graduation, as he took the head coaching position in 2006.

Lippert’s 2010 Outlook: I'd say more than anything, everyone is just excited and anxious to get back to playing baseball. It's not a stretch to say that we underachieved in 2009 relative to the standards we've set for ourselves as a program. Pitt put us on notice that the conference isn't just ours for the taking anymore, and we embrace that. It forces us to raise our collective game to new levels. Our 2009 fall has proven to be the most productive off-season we've ever had. We've prepared thoroughly to this point, and I think we are ready to take the next step into spring. And it's just around the corner.

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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • COACHING STAFF

In the four years at the PSBC Skipper, Lippert has transformed the Penn State

The Lippert File Favorite Penn state eatery? -The Waffle Shop

Baseball Club into a Northeast powerhouse in the NCBA. He has coached the team to four North Atlantic Region Championships, four NCBA World Series Bids, and one NCBA World Series Championship games. In the 2008 Season, Lippert coached the PSBC to a 26-2 overall record, un-

Favorite Penn Stat Tradition?

defeated conference record (14-0). After some late inning heroics in the 2008 -“I love signing hail to the lion”

North Atlantic Region Tournament, Penn State won it’s bid to the NCBA Hobbies off the diamond? - any kind of reading

World Series. Once down there, Penn State defeated Virginia Tech, and NC State Twice to earn a spot in the national championship game against Colorado

Best Advice Ever received? - “nobody likes a whiner”

state. However, Penn state fell short in the championship game and eared a national raking of second place.

Person you would most like to meet? - Hugh Hefner w/ entourage or Marc Cuban

In 2009, Lippert and the PSBC again had a stellar season as they finished with a 21-6 record (12-3 conference), a north At-

Favorite Sport (besides baseball)? - watch: NFL play: Golf

lantic region championship, and a world series bid. The team fell short at the 2009 world series, something Lippert wants to

Favorite Athlete?

see improve. - Jason Bunda, Santonio Holmes

Lippert sees nothing else than conBiggest Sports Thrill while Coaching? - 1. Rob Slauch’s walk-off HR against Delaware in 2008 Regional - 2. Dave Hine’s CG 2-Hitter in 2007 World series to eliminate Colorado State

tinuing the success of The Penn State Baseball Club in the 2010 season. He is very optimistic that his veteran offense will be able to come through in clutch situations. In addition, he as full confidence that his

Baseball Superstition? -Never Jinx a good performance in progress

young pitching staff will be able to get the job done as well. The team comradery and mentality is all pointed to wining that elusive national championship; a

Favorite TV Show?

championship Lippert and the PSBC are very - Seinfeld/ The Simpsons

eager to accomplish.

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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • COACHING STAFF

D.J.

Dailey

Assistant Coach • 2nd Season Davidson College, 2003 Penn State University, 2010

Coach D.J. Dailey joins the club in his second year as PSBC assistant coach. He is currently a second year MBA student at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and holds the Graduate Assistantship for Honor and Integrity Initiatives at the College. D. J. enjoyed his collegiate career at Davidson College (Davidson, NC) where he earned four varsity letters, playing shortstop for the Wildcats.

Upon graduation, he signed a profes-

sional contract with the Gateway Grizzlies (St. Louis, MO), and later with the Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, O H ) ,

o f

t h e

F r o n t i e r

L e a g u e .

D. J. brings with him roughly 7 years of coaching and instruction experience where he’s worked with players ranging from youth to collegiate levels. With the PSBC, Coach Dailey stresses consistent execution of the fundamentals while working primarily with hitters and position players. Daily is looking forward to use his immense baseball background in effort to help bring the Penn state baseball club its first national championship in the ten year existence of the NCBA.

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Dailey’s 2009 Reflection: “I was impressed with the way our guys handled their business on the field last year. The group was extremely coachable and worked hard during our offseason and pre-season sessions. I’d say we benefited from a strong, experienced pitching staff and bouts of impressive offense. As far as our overall performance at the World Series, I would characterize it in one word: inconsistent. We left a lot of men on base, made some untimely errors, and didn’t locate our pitches in crucial situations. I look forward to learning from last year’s experiences to put this year’s crop in a better position to succeed.” Davidson Wildcats, Dailey’s alma mater

Dailey’s 2010 Outlook: “We’re lucky to have a strong group back this year who demonstrate dedication and love to compete. Although relatively young, our pitching staff has a ton of raw talent and I look forward to seeing them develop and challenge hitters this season. Most of our position guys are back this year and I expect our defense to continue to be solid. Offensively, I’ve been able to work with our guys to simplify their swings with the expectation that they’ll be more disciplined and consistent at the plate. I expect us to be much more aggressive on the bases this year and, personally, I will be more prepared for crucial situations. I’ve set high expectations for the players this year and don’t think we should settle for anything less than a national championship. “

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COACHES OF

THE PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB **HEAD COACHES ARE IN BOLD

1996: DID NOT COMPETE INTERCOLLEGITLY 1997: Sandy Sanderson Asst Coach: Dan Snyder (PSBC FOUNDER)

1998:

2007:

Asst Coach: Tyler Troutman

2008

Asst Coach: Michael (Winnie) Clemens Asst Coach: Marty Leslie

Sandy Sanderson Asst Coach: Jason O’Neill

2009:

Sandy Sanderson

2010

Bill Lippert Asst Coach: D.J. Dailey

Asst Coach: Jason O’Neill

2001:

Bill Lippert Asst Coach: D.J. Dailey

Pitching Coach: Shawn Melhon

2000:

Bill Lippert Asst Coach; Buck Kicinski

Sandy Sanderson Asst Coach: Jason O’Neill

1999:

Bill Lippert

Jason O’Neill Pitching Coach: J.J Van Wezenbeeck Asst Coach: Phil Pinksavage

2002:

Phil Pinksavage Asst Coach: Buck Kicinski

2003:

Phil Pinksavage Asst Coach: Buck Kicinski Asst Coach: Dean Spiridon

2004:

Dan Day Asst Coach; Buck Kicinski Asst Coach: Dean Spiridon

2005:

Buck Kicinski Asst Coach: Marcus Bouchillion

2006:

Buck Kicinski

Buck Kicinski

Asst Coach: Tyler Troutman

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steve

Brouwers

INF • 6-0 • 175 • SR • Bats: Switch • Throws: Right Newtown Square, PA • Archbishop Carroll HS

2008 (Sophmore) In his rookie season, brouwers saw significant time at shortstop as he backed up then senior Tim Ryan. Steve was the team leader in batting average (.457) by obtaining 16 hits in 35 at bats. 2009 (Junior) 2009 was a breakout year for brouwers. Steve acquired 34 hits in 80 at bats (.425), 8 RBI, 6 Doubles and led the team in stolen bases with 10, had a .500 slugging percentage. Browuers also started in every World Series Game. Administratively, brouwers served as the PSBC’s treasurer. 2010 (senior) In 2010, Brouwers will spend most of his time at shortstop. His consistent defense and great range will help solidify the middle infield. Offensively, brouwers hopes to continue his over .400 career batting average as well as being a dominant threat on the base paths. Administratively, brouwers serves as a treasurer liaison for the club Future After Penn State At the conclusion of the season, brouwers will be graduating with a degree in accounting from the Smeal College of Business. He will be working for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Philadelphia. In addition, he plans on traveling to Rome, crashing weddings, and studying for the cpa exam.

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The Brouwers File MLB Hitter Most like to Face? - Roy Halladay Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Qdoba Favorite Penn State Tradition? -Arts Fest Hobbies off the diamond? -”Hitting with my little brother oppo site handed on a turf diamond at home” Best advice ever received? -”Its all about networking.” Person you would most like to meet? -Julius Cesar Favorite sport besides baseball? - Football Favorite Athlete? -Jimmy Rollins Biggest personal sports thrill? -Playing in the Legion District Championship Baseball superstition? -Wearing the same helmet after get ting a hit. Favorite movie? -Avatar in 3D IMAX Favorite T.V. Show? -”Breaking Bad”

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Kris Park INF • 5-11 • 170 • Sr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right Somerset, PA • Bishop mcCort HS 2007 (Freshman) Had 17 Hits in 50 at bats (.340), 11 RBI, and collected a .420 slugging percentage. Played 2 games in the World Series. 2008 (Sophmore) Started at third base. Collected 21 hits in 69 at bats (.333). Led the 2008 squad in triples with three and in runs with 27. In the 2008 NCBA World Series, Park played almost every game and collected a .238 batting average. 2009 (Junior) As the every day third baseman for the PSBC Park had 30 hits in 76 at bats (.395). Collected 28 runs (2nd on team), 4 homeruns (T1st on team), 24 RBI (2nd on team), and amassed a .495 on base percentage (3rd on team) along with a .645 slugging percentage. He also served as the President of the PSBC. 2010 (Senior) Park is entering his second year at the President of the PSBC. On the field he will serve as one of the senior leaders of the team. He will again be the PSBC’s everyday third baseman and looks to end his four year PSBC career with a national championship. Future After Penn State Park will be graduating with a dual degree in mathematics from the Eberly College of Science and Finance from the Smeal College of Business. Kris will possibly continuing his education in

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The Park File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - Evan Meek Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Jimmy Johns Least Favorite Penn State Tradition? -Pre-Football game “Let’s get ready to Rock’n Roll” male cheerleader Hobbies off the diamond? -Equations, Chess, Hockey, Video games Best advice ever received? -”If You’re not Focused, You’re unfo cused” Person you would most like to meet? -Larry David Favorite sport besides baseball? - Hockey Favorite Athlete? -Mario Lemieux Biggest personal sports thrill? -Pitching a 10-0 record in 10 deci sions over 2 aaaba seasons Baseball superstition? -None Favorite movie? -Fletch Favorite T.V. Show? -Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm

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Andrew

CRINER

OF • 5-11 • 175 • Sr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right Bryn Mawr, PA • Radnor High School

2008 (Sophmore) Ex-Varsity swimmer his freshman year, Criner made the PBSC his sophomore year. Collected 12 hits in 36 at bats (.333) with four doubles, eight runs scored, and 17 RBI. Criner also had a .429 on base percentage. 2009 (Junior) As the everyday centerfielder , finished the season with 25 hits in 88 at bats (.284). In addition, Criner scored 15 runs, had 14 RBI and one homerun, which was a grand-slam at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Administratively, Andrew served as vice-president of the PSBC, in charge of travel arrangements and spring break preparation. 2010 (Senior) Criner is entering his second year as the vice-president of the PSBC, On the diamond, he will again be the everyday center fielder. Criner hopes to increase his batting average as well as being an integral park to winning an elusive national championship. Future After Penn State Andrew will be graduating in may with a degree in Biology from the Eberly College of Science. He is undecided on which direction to take his degree. However, some ideas include a post-bacc program at Temple university and eventually going to medical school.

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The Criner File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - Roy Halladay Favorite Penn State Eatery? Panda Express Favorite Penn State Tradition? - The Penn State Baseball Club Hobbies off the diamond? Hanging Out with Friends Best advice ever received? “Be a Good Person” - Parents Person you would most like to meet? - Jeff Bridges Favorite sport besides baseball? Basketball Favorite Athlete? - Ryan Howard Biggest personal sports thrill? Hitting a Grand Slam out of Medlar Field against Maryland—Bombs Over Medlar Baseball superstition? Wearing my socks up Favorite movie? - Dumb & Dumber Favorite T.V. Show? Breaking Bad

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Brad

GAUGH

Catcher • 6-3 • 220 • Sr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right Perry Hall, MD • Perry Hall High School

2007 (Freshman) Had a short stint with the varsity program in the fall of 2007 and joined the PSBC after that concluded. Finished the season with 5 hits in 22 at bats (.227). 2008 (Sophmore) Shared time catching with then senior Donnie Howard. Collected 19 hits in 54 at bats (.352) with 3 homeruns and 14 RBI”s. He also scored 18 runs and had a .593 slugging percentage 2009 (Junior) Shared time catching with Jesse Zahoran, Finished the season collecting 10 hits in 43 at bats (.233) with one homerun and 12 RBI. Was second on the team in walk s with 13. 2010 (Senior) Brad was the 2009 Fall League director. On the diamond in 2010, this senior will lead the catching squad behind the dish. Gaugh looks to improve on his offensive performance as well. Future After Penn State Brad will have one more year left (graduating May 2011) in a five year engineering program in Penn State’s School of Engineering. However, this will be his last year playing for the PSBC.

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The Gaugh File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - John Rocker Favorite Penn State Eatery? -The Deli Favorite Penn State Tradition? -PSU Football Hobbies off the diamond? - Anything and everything Best advice ever received? -”Everyday when you wake up something will challenge you. You need to wake up knowing that you will need to give everything to keep what you believe in” Person you would most like to meet? -Me, 10 years from now Favorite sport besides baseball? - Basketball Favorite Athlete? -Ray Lewis Biggest personal sports thrill? -NCBA World Series Championship Game 2008 Baseball superstition? -Never touch the railroad tracks (Foul Lines) Favorite movie? -Top Gun Favorite T.V. Show? -Sportscenter

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Weston

Hillegas

Pitcher • 6-2 • 195 • Sr • Throws: Right Mars, PA • Mars Area HS

2008 (Sophmore) Did not make the team as a freshman. Joined the PSBC as a sophomore. Finished the season with a 2-0 record, a 2.80 ERA, 8 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. 2009 (Junior) 2009 was a breakout season for hillegas. Posted a 6-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in 40 innings pitched. In those 40 innings, he struck out 31 hitters. Turned himself into one of the go-to starters in the PSBC pitching rotation. 2010 (Senior) Weston will be the leader of the very young 2010 PSBC pitching rotation. He hopes to bring his consistent performance from 2009 into the 2010 season and lead the PSBC to it’s first national championship with his strong arm and tailing fastball. Future After Penn State Hillegas will be graduation with a degree in wildlife and fisheries science from the Penn State College of Agriculture. He will be following job leads once school is out.

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The Hillegas File MLB Hitter Most like to Face? - Barry Bonds Favorite Penn State Eatery? - Redifer Commons Favorite Penn State Tradition? - Football Games Hobbies off the diamond? - Outdoors, Basketball, Hockey Best advice ever received? - “ Think higher. Feel Deeper” Person you would most like to meet? - My grandfather Favorite sport besides baseball? - Playing Basketball Favorite Athlete? - Troy Polamalu Biggest personal sports thrill? - Playing in East-West all star game Baseball superstition? - always run to the mound Favorite movie? - “Happy Gilmore” Favorite T.V. Show? - “Lost”

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Rob

Slauch

INF • 6-0 • 185 • Jr • Bats: Left • Throws: Left Collegeville, PA • Perkiomen Valley HS

2008 (Freshman) Made the PSBC as a Freshman. Had an immediate impact with his offence as he collected 11 hits in 29 at bats (.380). Slauch had two homeruns, 14 RBI, and a .724 slugging percentage. One of those homeruns was a pinch hit walk-off homerun against Delaware in the North Atlantic Regional that allowed the PSBC to advance to the 2008 World Series. 2009 (Sophmore) Slauch split time at first base with then senior Andrew DeRosa. Finished the season with 10 hits in 38 at bats (.263) and a .440 on base percentage. 2010 (Junior) Slauch has high expectations for the 2010 season. He hopes to be more consistent at the plate and improve is overall offensive performance. He should see significant time at first base and occasionally as a designated hitter. He is also the director of Division 2 for the PSBC. Currently at Penn State Slauch is currently majoring in Life Science with a concentration in Pre-Dentistry. He is also obtaining a Spanish minor and is involved in numerous clinical research labs around campus.

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The Slauch File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - Jamie Moyer Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Wings over Happy Valley Favorite Penn State Tradition? -The Penn State Baseball Club Hobbies off the diamond? -”Playing golf, working out. Best advice ever received? -”Always think before you speak or act.” Person you would most like to meet? -Cal Ripken Jr. Favorite sport besides baseball? - Golf Favorite Athlete? -Chase Utley Biggest personal sports thrill? -1.Hitting a double off the center field wall at Citizens Bank Park in the 2007 Carpenter Cup Classic. -2. Pinch hit walk-off homerun in 2008 North Atlantic Regional Baseball superstition? -Always grab a drink right before an at bat. Favorite movie? -Avatar in 3D IMAX Favorite T.V. Show? -Entourage

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Jesse

Zahoran

Catcher • 5-11 • 180 • Sr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right Strattanville, PA • Clarion-Limestone HS

2008 (Freshman) Made the PSBC as a freshman. Finished the season with 7 hits in 21 at bats (.333). In addition, Zahoran collected a .476 slugging percentage and displayed great plate discipline as he only stuck out twice in 21 at bats. 2009 (Sophmore) 2009 was a great offensive year for Zahoran. He gathered 13 hits in 32 at bats (,409) with 12 RBI and only two strikeouts. Furthermore, he had a .472 on base percentage. 2010 (Junior) Zahoran looks to improve his game both offensively and defensively. He should see significant time both catching and as a designated hitter. Zahoran proved to be able to get hits in clutch situation and he looks to provide the same service in the 2010 season. Administratively, Zahoran is currently the active Treasurer of the PSBC. Currently at Penn State Jesse is currently majoring in Finance in the Smeal College of Business.

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The Zahoran File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - Tim Linecum/ Mariano Rivera Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Uncle Chens Favorite Penn State Tradition? -East/Pollock Snow Fight Hobbies off the diamond? - Working out, pick-up football, anything outdoors Best advice ever received? -”Good things happen to good people.” Person you would most like to meet? -The Pope Favorite sport besides baseball? - Football Favorite Athlete? -John Daley Biggest personal sports thrill? -Back to back NCBA world series appearances Baseball superstition? -I always need to wear my mother’s breast cancer bracelet” Favorite movie? -”The Godfather or Big Lebowski” Favorite T.V. Show? -”Family Guy”

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ERIC

Soring

Outfield• 5-6 • 170 • JR • Bats: Left • Throws: Left Aston, PA • The Christian Academy/ Penn State Delco

2009 (Sophmore) Transferred from Penn State Delaware County and made the PSBC as a Sophomore. Has a outstanding rookie season as he collected 21 hits in 56 at bats (.375) with four homeruns and 20 RBI. In addition, he scored 19 runs and only stuck out four times. 2010 (Junior) Soring looks to carry his offensive destruction from 2009 into the 2010 season. He will be the everyday left fielder for the PSBC and provide a sold bat in the middle of the lineup. Currently at Penn State Eric is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

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The Soring File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - C.C Sabathia Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Mad Mex Favorite Penn State Tradition? -Club Baseball Formals Hobbies off the diamond? -Partying. lifting Best advice ever received? -”Don’t worry about others.” Person you would most like to meet? -Ted Williams Favorite sport besides baseball? - Golf Favorite Athlete? -Albert Pujols Biggest personal sports thrill? -Walk off championship hit, summer 2009 Baseball superstition? -Never walk on the foul lines, never shave during the playoffs, and neck chain in the back pocket. Favorite movie? -”Dumb and Dummer” Favorite T.V. Show? -”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

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DAN

Norris

Infield • 6-0 • 190 • Jr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right Hempfield, PA • Hempfield Area HS

2009 (Sophmore) Failed to make the team as a freshman. Came on the PSBC as a Sophomore. Finished the season with 8 hits in 34 at bats (.235) with eight runs scored and five RBIS. He also had a .366 on base percentage. 2010 (Junior) Norris will see significant time at second base this upcoming season. His quick glove, strength, and agility will provide a strong foundation at second base and help solidify the middle infield. Getting Norris on base will be very important this upcoming year since his quick speed is a huge advantage on the base paths. Currently at Penn State Norris is currently majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Bioengineering. In addition, he is actively involved in Greek life as a member of the Acacia Fraternity. At Hempfield Area High School Earned three varsity letters in baseball, first team all selection twice. Played for West Hempfield Legion. In 2008, was the MVP in the 2008 All-West Showcase and 2008 MVP in the EastWest All-Star game.

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The Norris File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - Tim Wakefield Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Chipotle Favorite Penn State Tradition? -Football Season Hobbies off the diamond? - Acacia Fraternity Best advice ever received? -”Swing Harder.” Person you would most like to meet? -Michael Jordan Favorite sport besides baseball? - Football Favorite Athlete? -Alex Rodriguez Biggest personal sports thrill? -Homerun in the Legion East-West All-Star game. Baseball superstition? -Many. Favorite movie? -””For the Love of the Game” Favorite T.V. Show? -”East Bound and Down”

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Jason

Freeman

Infield/DH• 5-10 • 185 • Jr • Bats: Left • Throws: Right Wyckoff, Nj • Indian Hills HS

2009 (Sophmore) Made the PSBC as a Sophomore. Collected 13 hits in 48 at bats (.237). Scored eight runs and had a .340 on base percentage. 2010 (Junior) Freeman will see game time either at second base, or as a designated hitter in the 2010 season. Freeman would like to improve on his consistency at the plate in the upcoming season. Currently at Penn State Freeman is currently majoring in Political Science as well as obtaining a minor in Labor Employment Relations. Jason is also a member of the Lion Scouts. At Indian Hills High School First team All State Group Two, First Team All North Jersey, First Team All League, Second Team All Area, All Bergen County Team.

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The Freeman File MLB Pitcher Most like to Face? - Mariano Rivera Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Wings over Happy Valley Favorite Penn State Tradition? -No last names on sports jerseys Hobbies off the diamond? -Giving prospective tours for Penn State and playing video games Best advice ever received? -”Life ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward." Person you would most like to meet? -Bruce Springsteen Favorite sport besides baseball? - Football Favorite Athlete? -Usain Bolt Biggest personal sports thrill? -Making a diving catch to win the state section title in high school Baseball superstition? -Tap the bat twice on home plate when at-bat Favorite movie? -”For the Love of the Game” Favorite T.V. Show? -”Seinfeld” and “24”

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Steve

Blucher

Pitcher • 6-2 • 175 • So • Throws: Left Ellicot, MD • Marriotts Ridge HS

2009 (Freshman) The only freshman in the rookie class of 2009. Did not see much game time as he finished the season with only 2 scoreless innings (4 strikeouts) against Buffalo 2010 (Sophmore) Despite Blucher’s little game experience, he has quickly become one of the aces in the pitching rotation this season. First, he is the only southpaw on the squad, which provides much needed diversity in a rotation dominated by right-handers. In addition, Blucher has made long strives in the off season increasing his strength and stamina . His performance in the 2010 season should be nothing but fantastic. His dominating curveball and quick fastball should keep hitters off balance all season. Currently at Penn State Blucher is currently majoring in Electrical Engineering at Penn State.

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The Blucher File MLB Hitter Most like to Face? - Alex Rodriguez Favorite Penn State Eatery? -Sabarro Least-Favorite Penn State Tradition? -No snow days Hobbies off the diamond? -Super smash brothers brawl Best advice ever received? - “Don’t get hurt” Person you would most like to meet? -Billy Idol Favorite sport besides baseball? - Basketball Favorite Athlete? -Pistol Pete Biggest personal sports thrill? - going 5-5. hitting for the cycle with two homeruns in my summer league Baseball superstition? -Always show no emotion Favorite movie? -Ace Ventura

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Ben Kittka Pitcher • 6-2 • 200 • Jr. • Throws: Right Meadville, PA • Meadville Area HS 2010 (Junior) Kittka knows what it takes to win in a club baseball atmosphere as he was a member of the Division two squad in 2008. Now that he has been promoted, he looks to bring the same competitive mentality and throw solid innings for the division one team. Kittka posses a strong presence on the mound; an attribute that is easily intimidating. Currently at Penn State Kittka is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He is also a member of the Acacia fraternity.

The Kitta File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face? - Cal Ripken Jr Favorite Penn State Tradition?

Favorite Penn State Eatery? - Faccia Luna’s Hobbies off diamond?

- Mifflin Streak

- Hunting, Football

Best advice every received?

Person you would like to meet?

-”all advice is valuable’ Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Fetch with dog Missy Baseball Superstition? -Wearing cross on neck

-Obi-wan Kanobi Favorite athlete? - PSBC star “Kris Park” Favorite movie? - “Dumb and Dummer”

Biggest Personal Sports thrill? -2004: Diving grab playing second base in the last inning of PA junior state championship and then wining states.

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Craig

Price

Infield • 6-0 • 195 • Jr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right South Park, PA • South Park HS

2010 (Junior) Price brings to the PSBC a consistent, versatile glove and strong arm to the infield. In addition, his power and quick hands will provide help to the middle of the lineup. He should see time at third base, second base and shortstop. At South Park HS/ Penn State Greater Allegheny Three year varsity starter at South Park. Was a two year starter at PSU Greater Allegheny. Hit over .400 and was named a USCAA All-American in both his freshman and sophomore years at PSU Greater Allegheny. Currently at Penn State Price is majoring in Accounting in the Smeal College of Business The Price File MLB Pitcher Most Like to Face? - Randy Johnson Favorite Penn State Tradition? - PSU Football Best advice every received? -”Never say Never” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Football Baseball Superstition? -Never roll up pants Biggest Personal Sports thrill? -First Homerun

Favorite Penn State Eatery? - Jimmy Johns Hobbies off diamond? - Playing Call of Duty Person you would like to meet? -Shaquille O’neal Favorite athlete? - Lebron James Favorite movie? - Four Brothers Favorite T.V. Show? - Cash Cab

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Kyle Gilbert Pitcher • 6-3 • 180 • So • Throws: Right Duncannon, PA • Susquenita HS 2010 (Sophmore) Gilbert was on the Division Two squad in 2009. Having one of the hardest fastballs in the current PSBC organization, it was a no brainer that Gilbert was promoted to Division One for the 2010 season. The PSBC hopes that his tall presence and his overpowering fastball will fool hitters all season. At Susquenita High School Member of the Keystone State team 2007 and 2008. In addition, he was a three time Mid-Penn All-Star. Currently at Penn State Gilbert is currently majoring in Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering at Penn State. The Gilbert File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face? Favorite Penn State Eatery? - Another pitcher Favorite Penn State Tradition? - State Patty’s Day Best advice every received? -”When god gives you lemons

- Are U Hungry? Hobbies off diamond? - Poker Person you would like to meet? -Lil Wayne

You find a new god.” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Wrestling Baseball Superstition? -Don’t step on lines Biggest Personal Sports thrill?

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Wyatt

Thompson

C/OF • 6-0 • 195 • Fr • Bats: Right • Throws: Right West Chester, PA • Unionville HS 2010 (Freshman) After having a short stint with varsity in the fall of 2009, the PSBC is happy to have Thompson on the 2010 squad. Wyatt brings yet another strong arm behind the dish as well as a quick swing to the PSBC offense. Thompson will see time catching in 2010 and his versatility will allow him to play the outfield as well. At Unionville High School Awarded first team all chest-mont in 2009. Also awarded the defensive player of the year by local newspapers. Currently at Penn State Thompson is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. The Thompson File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face?

Favorite Penn State Eatery?

- Cliff Lee Favorite Penn State Tradition?

- The Mix Hobbies off diamond?

- White Out Best advice every received?

- Sketching/Painting Person you would like to meet?

-”Hard work always pays off

-Morgan Freeman so he Can narrate my life for a day

Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)?

Favorite athlete?

- Soccer Baseball Superstition?

- Chase Utley Favorite movie?

- I wear “Chuck Taylors” to games Biggest Personal Sports thrill? -Beating holy ghost prep

- “City of God”

Favorite T.V. Show? - “The Office”

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Evan

Dixon

Pitcher • 6-1 • 195 • Fr. • Throws: Right Greencastle, PA • Greencastle-Antrim HS 2010 (Freshman) Freshman Evan Dixon has a very bright future on the PSBC. Entering his first season, he will quickly become a go-to pitcher in the rotation. With all around good stuff, this sold right hander will have no problem handling the hitters in the league. Dixon should see a significant amount of innings this season. At Greencastle-Antrim High School Awarded two varsity letters and a Mid-Atlantic All-Star Selection

Currently at Penn State Dixon is majoring in business at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. The Dixon File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face? - Chase Utley Favorite Penn State Tradition? - State Patty’s Day

Favorite Penn State Eatery? - Quiznos Hobbies off diamond? - XBOX, Music

Best advice every received? - “The difference between win and defeat is an apostrophe “t”. Either you can or can’t, you do or you don’t. Either you are or your ain’t, or you would or you won’t.” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Football Baseball Superstition? -Same warm-up routine

Favorite athlete? - Alex Rodriguez Favorite movie? - “Bad Boys”

Biggest Personal Sports thrill? -Striking out the side at the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Classic allstar game

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Andrew

Felix

Pitcher • 6-0 • 175 • Fr. • Throws: Right Lancaster, PA • Hempfield HS

2010 (Freshman) Andrew Felix is another incoming freshman with a bright future ahead of him with the PSBC. This past off-season, Felix has easily adapted to the PSBC way. This trait will allow him to mature into a strong, consistent pitcher for the squad. In 2010, Felix will see a significant amount of innings and will be exposed as both a started and a reliever. Currently at Penn State Felix is currently majoring in Architecture at Penn State

The Felix File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face?

Favorite Penn State Eatery?

- Ken Griffey Jr.

- Are U Hungry?

Favorite Penn State Tradition?

Hobbies off diamond?

- “We are… PENN STATE!” Best advice every received?

- Drawing/Friends Person you would like to meet?

-”If your going to do something,

-Barack Obama

Do it right the first time.” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)?

Favorite athlete?

- Basketball

- Derek Jeter

Baseball Superstition? -No seeds the day I pitch

Biggest Personal Sports Thrill - “House”

Favorite TV Show? - “House”

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Andrew

Georgeson

OF • 5-9 • 170 • Fr. • Bats: Right • Throws: Left Bridgewater, Nj • Bridgewater-Raritan HS

2010 (Freshman) Freshman Andy Georgeson is a well need addition to the outfield for the 2010 season. His lightning fast speed will provide excellent range in the outfield and on the base paths. Georgeson should see significant time in right field this upcoming season. At Bridgewater-Raritan High School Awarded two varsity letters in baseball and captain of his team senior year. Awarded second team all-conference and honorable mention all-area in 2009 Currently at Penn State Georgeson is enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College and is majoring in Biology. He is also a member of the Atlas THON team. The Georgeson File MLB Pitcher Most Like to Face?

Favorite Penn State Eatery?

- Tim Wakefield Favorite Penn State Tradition?

- Redifer Commons Hobbies off diamond?

- Paternoville Best advice every received?

- Tennis, Football Person you would like to meet?

-”Be so good they cant ignore you” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Tennis Baseball Superstition? -Don’t step on foul line Biggest Personal Sports thrill? -Making a diving catch

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-Joe Paterno

Favorite athlete? - Muhammad Ali Favorite movie? - “The Sandlot” Favorite T.V. Show? - Seinfeld


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Greg

Piehler

Pitcher • 6-0 • 200 • Fr. • Throws: Right Pittsburgh, PA • Notrh Allegheny HS

2010 (Freshman) Freshman Greg Piehler is another great addition to the 2010 PSBC pitching staff. A workhorse off the diamond, Piehler brings to the table a strong fastball and the ability to locate pitches accurately. Piehler should see innings as both a starter and reliever this season. At North Allegheny High School Played varsity baseball and football. Was a member of the national Honors Society Currently at Penn State Greg is currently majoring in mechanical engineering at Penn State

The Piehler File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face? - Andrew McClutchen Favorite Penn State Tradition? - Whitehouse Best advice every received? - “Always try your best” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Football Baseball Superstition? -Don’t step on Foul lines Biggest Personal Sports thrill? -Winning the WPIALS in high school

Favorite Penn State Eatery? - Baby’s Hobbies off diamond? - Pick-up Hockey Person you would like to meet? -Tiger Woods Favorite athlete? - Hines Ward Favorite movie? - “The Dark Knight” Favorite T.V. Show? - “The Office”

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Ryan

Keefer

P/1B • 5-11 • 210 • Fr. • Bats: Right • Throws: Right Reedsville, PA • Indian Valley HS

2010 (Freshman) The PSBC could not be happier to have Freshman Ryan Keefer on the 2010 squad. Keefer provides the much needed versatility of being a position player as well as a dominant figure on the pitching mound. Ryan also brings a powerful bat the lineup. Keefer should see significant innings at first base and on the mound. At Indian Valley High School Three year varsity letter recipient and first team all-mountain athletic conference for first base. Currently at Penn State Keefer is majoring in Kinesiology at Penn State. The Keefer File MLB Hitter Most Like to Face?

Favorite Penn State Eatery?

- Albert Pujols Favorite Penn State Tradition?

- Fresh Express Asian grill Hobbies off diamond?

- Football games Best advice every received?

- Golf, Lifting, Friends Person you would like to meet?

-”Always more forward, you can’t

-Chipper Jones

change the past, only the future” Favorite sport (Besides Baseball)? - Golf Baseball Superstition? -Writing in the dirt Biggest Personal Sports thrill?

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-Throwing a no-hitter

Favorite athlete? - Troy Polamalu Favorite movie? - “Field of Dreams” Favorite T.V. Show? -“Whose line is it anyway?”


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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • ALUMNI


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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • ALUMNI

THE HISTORY AND STATE OF THE PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB The Penn State Baseball Club has enriched the college experience of Penn State students for the past 14 years by providing the opportunity to continue playing organized, competitive baseball at the collegiate level. The PSBC was founded in 1996 and soon afterwards, began running an intramural Fall League at Penn State. The Fall League is still conducted today during the months of September-November. The Fall League allows more than 150 students to participate in organized baseball for those three months. After the conclusion of the Fall League, the PSBC holds an annual open tryout for the Spring intercollegiate Division one and Division Two teams that travel nationwide. The final roster is chosen by the end of the fall semester. Since 2000, the Penn State Baseball Club has been a member of The National Club Baseball Association; the governing body of club baseball. Founded by alumni sandy Sanderson, the organization now has more than 120 baseball clubs competing at the division one level with Many more competing at the Division Two level. Due to the increased popularity of club baseball at the Penn State campus, the PSBC decided to create a second team to compete at this division two level. In their 2008 inaugural season, the PSBC division two team made it to the division two world series and is currently holds a first place 2010 pre-season rank. Since day one, the Penn State baseball club has strived for excellence on the baseball field. The club has quickly become one of the most feared teams in club baseball as they produce winning season after winning season. The club has earned seven North Atlantic Regional titles and seven NCBA world series bids in the last eight years. This strong foundation comes from the players enduring love to play baseball and excellent team chemistry. Despite the team’s excellence on the diamond, the most distinctive part of the Penn State Baseball Club is the rich tradition passed down from each cohort of players in the past 14 years. After playing for the club, the players are not just teammates, but more like family members. Their love for the team and each other is the reason the PSBC has such a strong alumni base. Even if you did not directly play with a certain member of the PSBC, you are still part of the elusive family. This

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Exclusive tradition is shared each year during Alumni Weekend: an event where alumni come back for a home weekend series and bond with current and other former players. At the conclusion of the games, the alumni partake in an annual alumni game. A Formal with current and former players concludes Alumni Weekend. It is an evening where everyone can share their past and present experiences on the club. The Penn State Baseball Club has been the enduring foundation and memory for many young men’s college careers at Penn State University. It is group where best friends are made and your finest hours are spent together. Whether it be on or off the field, the experiences on this team will last a lifetime. The club is 14 years young, growing richer in tradition each passing year, and giving more young men the opportunity to mold their college career into the best four years or their lives.

PSBC LINGO Pitchers golf 2003 OLD BALLS: Classification of alumni that played before 2000 and before. NEW BALLS: Classification of alumni who recently graduated PITCHERS GOLF: A yearly festivity at Alumni Weekend where some of the elusive former pitchers get together on the Penn State campus and play a round of golf using baseball bats and baseball. The pitchers create their own holes and the winner gets pitchers golf champion bragging rights until the following year.

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14 years of pictures

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2010 PENN STATE BASEBALL CLUB OFFICIAL GUIDE • ALUMNI

14 years of pictures

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The Penn State Baseball A Abbott Abromovitz Albright Andserson

D Bill Jordan Ryan T

(1998-1999) (2005) (2005-2008) (1998)

B

G

Day

Dan

(2002-2003)

Decker

Nate

(2004-2005)

Deluliis

Dan

DeRosa

Andrew (2008-2009)

DeRosa

Keith

(1998-2000)

Diaz

Juan

(2003-2005)

(2006. 2009)

Gardner Garzynski Gilliatt Gipson

Brad John Shane Grant

(2001-2002) (2006-2009) (2001) (2006-2007)

Halackna

Joe

(2005-2008)

H

Baldasari Behler

Nick Ben

(2001) (2005)

Diaz

Reggie

(2000-2003)

Dietz

Rick

(2003-2004)

Haverstick

Tim

(2003)

Berger Berkely Binder Birtwell Borstein Brodeur Bumsted

Ryan Chris Brian Nate Aaron Dave John

(1998-2000) (2005) (2006-2007) (2001-2003) (1998-2000) (2007) (1999)

Dillon

Dan

(2002)

Hawley

Tom

(1997-1999)

Donovan

Jimmy

(2003-2005)

Heidler

Paul

(1999)

Dougherty Joe

(1998)

Heinrich

Matt

(2002)

Dutton

(2000-2001)

Hersh

Rudy

(2005-2008)

Hileman

Dan

(2003-2004)

Hill

Travis

(1998)

Eberbach

Steve

(2003-2005)

Bunda

Jason

(2001-2004)

Hine III

David

(2007-2009)

Erkel

John

(2000, 2002) Hostetter

Ryan

(2001)

Hottel

Brian

(2005)

Howard Jorges

Donnie (2007-2008)

Mark (2003)

J

Felix

Jon

Jorges

Andrew (2007-2008)

Fisher

John (1999)

Fitzgerald

Ryan (2004-2007)

Frankeny

Ryan (2005-2009)

C

E Evangelist Victor (2004-2008)

Callahan

Justin

(2000-2002)

Case

Tom

(1999-2002)

F Fagersten

Chalfin Clinise Comunale Connors Cotter Cramer Crandall

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John

Peter (2005-08) Phil (2002) Carmon (2001-2004) Chris (2002, 04-05) Byron (2000-2002) Mike Jason

N/A (2003-2006)

(2003-2006)

K Kempf Kicinski Kollister Kozlowski Kunze

Darren Buck Cory Joe Frank

(2008) (2000-2004) (1998) (2004-2007) (2000)


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Club Wall of Alumni L

P

Snyder

Dan

(1997)

Leonard

Billy

(2001-2004)

Paradise

Rob

(1998)

Spiridon

Dean

(2002-2004)

Leslie

Marty

(2004-2005)

Parulski

John

(2006-2008)

Steeneck

Dave

(2002)

Lippert

Bill

(2001-2004)

Powden

Nick

(2006-2009)

Stefens

John

(1998-1999)

Lisa

Greg

(2004-2007)

Pinkasavage Phil

(2001-2003)

Struble

Travis (2003)

Lombardo

Lou

(1998-1999)

Ike

(2002-2004)

Brian

(1998-2001)

R

Sweeney

Lucot

M

Rayburg

Chris

(2003-2004)

Swindells

Greg

(1999-2001)

Reilly

Matt

(1998)

Swindells

Scott

(1998-1999)

Dan

(1997)

Mack

Sam

(2005)

Repsher

Dan

(2001-2003)

Synder

Mastin

Eli

(1998-1999)

Ridge

Mike

(1999-2001)

Meisenhelder Brian

(1998)

T

Rossi

Eric

(2000)

Thompson

Aaron (1999-2002)

Melhorn

Shawn

(1998)

Rothermal

Mark

(2000)

Tracy

Steve

Menna

Jeremy

(2001, 2003-04)

Ruhf

John

(2004)

Merchlinski

Josh

(1998) Ryan

Tim

(2007-2008)

V

Merritts

Drew

(2005-2008)

Mihalik

Mark

(2004-2007)

S

Mohns

Mike

(2006-2009)

Sadowski

Jim

(1997-2000)

Murphy

Colin

(2000-2003)

Sanderson

Sandy

Schachter

N nAPOLITANO

Netz Nickel

JIM Frank Graig

(1999) (1998) (1998)

O O'Neill

Jason

(1998-2001)

VanWezenbeeck

J.J.

(2000-2002)

(2001)

W Wagner

Jordan (2003-2005)

(1997-2000)

Werner

Jesse

(2003)

Mike

(1998-2000)

Wetzel

Scott

(1998-1999)

Scott

Kevin

(2005)

Whitehill

Seth

(2005)

Sekerak

Jason

(1998-2000)

Winfrey

Josh

(1999-2001)

Shadle

Joel

(1998-2001)

Y

Shirey

Jason

(2007)

Yablonsky

Lyle

(1998-2001)

Shirley

Scott

(2004-2005)

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Media Guide of the 2010 Penn State Baseball Club: Season Preview, Breakdown of Positions, Player/Coach Profiles, Alumni Dedication.

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