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Nittany Lions continue road swing in Carolinas
White and Novak tally lone RBIs
Forsyth works career-high 6 2/3 innings
Spartans score runs in eighth and ninth innings to steal one from Penn State
Kendall and Helsel hit first career home runs
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013: Received the starting nod in 32 games and played in 34 during his sophomore campaign ... Batted .252 during the 2013 season with 28 hits ... Finished the year tied for the team lead in doubles with seven ... Ranked fourth on the team in runs scored with 19 ... Recorded an eight-game hitting streak from April 20-May 11 ... Singled to left in the season opener at East Tennessee State on Feb. 15 ... Drew a walk and scored his first run of the season at East Tennessee State on Feb. 16 ... Homered in the 4-2 win over Stephen F. Austin on March 1, driving in and scoring one run in a 2-for-4 afternoon at the dish ... Went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run in the victory over Nebraska-Omaha on March 3 ... Scored a run after singling in the win over Houston Baptist on March 8 ... Drove in two runs and scored a run off a 1-for-3 effort at the plate in the Big Ten opener at Indiana on March 22 ... Posted a single and a run against Pittsburgh on March 27 ... Doubled twice to drive in two runs and score a run in the win over Wright State on April 7 ... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored at Kent State on April 3 ... Racked up three singles in nine at-bats with a run and an RBI in the series at Michigan from April 12-14 ... Scored the winning run in the 12th inning of the 7-6 win over Bucknell on April 17 and reached base four times off a single and three walks ... Posted four hits, including a double, in 12 at-bats in the series versus Iowa from April 20-21 and added a run and RBI in the three game set ... Doubled and scored a run in the 7-4 victory over La Salle on April 23 ... Singled and scored at Ohio State on April 26 ... Drove in a run with a double at Ohio State on April 27 ... Went 1-for-4 with a double at Akron on May 7 ... Hit 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored at Illinois on May 11 ... Finished the season by going 2-for-3 at the dish with a walk and two runs in the 7-4 win over Villanova.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012: Started 41-of-42 games played, ending with 31 hits and 17 RBIs ... Held a .951 fielding percentage with only four errors in 42 contests ... Appeared in first career game, and first career start, against UNC-Greensboro on Feb. 26 ... Scored first career run against Mississippi State on March 7 ... His third career game on March 10 against UAB was highlighted by his first collegiate home run, as well as his first hit and RBI on his first at-bat of the contest ... Ended UAB series with three runs, four hits and two RBIs ... On a three-game hitting streak, recorded a season-high of two doubles against East Carolina on March 16, as well as three RBIs and two hits ... Was walked three times against Coppin State on March 28 and scored two runs in the victory ... Recorded his second career home run on April 1 at Purdue, tallying three RBIs on his sole hit of the day ... Racked up two runs, three hits, an RBI and a triple between consecutive wins over Kent State on April 3 and Binghamton on April 4 ... Posted a seven-game hit streak between April 7-18, collecting three runs and two RBIs over the stretch ... Came away from the Iowa series from April 20-22 with three runs and a hit ... Facing Kent State at home on April 25, tallied an RBI, one run and a double ... Produced four hits, two RBIs, a run scored and a double in the Minnesota series from May 4-6 ... Came up with a game-saving play on May 11 against Illinois, making a diving catch for the third out in the eighth inning with a game-tying run on third ... Played an important role in the Big Ten Tournament, recording three hits, an RBI and a double against Ohio State and Nebraska.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a two-time All Interact Conference Player and two-time member of Carpenter Cup team ... Helped lead his high school to an Independent State Championship ... Named as one of the top 15 outfielders in the Philadelphia Inquirer ... Lettered three times in football ... Played for the Philly Bandits last summer ... Was also a three-year letterwinner in football.
PERSONAL: Full name is Aaron Novak ... Born on March 31, 1992 in Ambler, Pa. ... Parents are Andy and Maria Novak ... Has one sister and one brother ... Majoring in communication arts and sciences.