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Nittany Lions Spend Great Afternoon with Fans

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By Jeff Sattora, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State baseball student season ticket holders got a chance to experience what it is like to play on Medlar Field, as the team held two open batting practice sessions in April.

The laid back environment gave fans a chance to interact with their student peers on the baseball team, and were events the whole team enjoyed.

"It was a great turnout," said Penn State starting pitcher John Walter at the first session.  "These are the kids who came to see us play Canisius or Indiana, they want to see us play no matter what and it's great opportunity to give something back to them."

The more than 40 fans at session one were split into three groups, with one group hitting while the other two stood out in the field and shagged fly balls and hits with the players. 

That time when the players were in the field with the fans was a great chance for them to interact with the students in attendance, something not lost on first baseman Jordan Steranka. 

"It's great meeting and interacting with our fans," Steranka said.  "It's nice getting face to face experiences with them and experiencing the action with them."

The event was not only something the players enjoyed, but a great time for the fans in attendance as well, who each got 10 swings of batting practice on the field. 

"It's a pretty cool event, especially with the players and everything out here today," said Tim Kovacs, a sophomore engineering major, who also added he's gotten a chance to interact with some of the players out in the field. 

"It's great," added Matt Carty, a sophomore education major.  "It's fun getting out there, interacting with the guys to see what they think about the season.  I think it's really cool."

Fans of the Nittany Lions will have their next chance to catch the team play at home on Friday, April 27 as the team takes on Ohio State at home at 6:05 pm.

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