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Who's Hot in Penn State Baseball: Deegan Finds the Power

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By Kyle G. Arslanian, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - One of the hardest parts of hitting a baseball is seeing it well, which makes sense because you can't hit what you can't see, and right now Penn State's Sean Deegan is seeing the ball very well.


Over his last five games, Deegan is hitting at a .500 clip, going 10 for 20.  During that same stretch, the Penn State centerfielder has crushed four homeruns to put him at the top of the conference in that category.  Deegan attributes his recent hot streak to his approach at the plate.

"I've just been working on my approach with coach Hoover," said Deegan.  "Been trying to stay towards the middle of the field and not get pull happy too much. Trying to stay gap to gap and that's worked out."

Over this recent stretch of games, the Nittany Lions have used a slightly different batting order, instead of leading off, Sean Deegan has been hitting second, which he thinks gives him more opportunities to hit the ball and drive in runs.

"I like it, kind of switch it up," said Deegan.  "Put Blake (Lynd) up there in the top of the lineup, move me down to second, it kind of gives me more RBI opportunities. Blake is just a pest up there in the front of the lineup; he sees a lot of pitches so I think it helps everybody out."

Head coach Robbie Wine likes the production he is getting from his tweaked lineup and is happy with the way his players are hitting the ball going into their season-ending home stand.

"It was good to see Jordo (Jordan Steranka) to take a couple balls the other way stay and on ball," said head coach Robbie Wine.  "Deegs (Sean Deegan) has been, this past weekend and today he's swinging the bat good, so hopefully it continues."

One thing Penn State has is depth on offense and when their big guns get going, they know they can put up big numbers.  Deegan is quick to praise his teammates and give them credit for some of his success.

"I think batting second, I've got Debo (Joe DeBernardis) and Jordan right behind me so it's kind of like pick your poison when you're the pitcher," said Deegan.  "That's helped me see some pitches and that helps each of us out because you have to pitch to one of us."

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