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ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2009, 2010, 2011)
AS A SENIOR IN 2011: Appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen for Penn State ... Finished the year with a 3.86 ERA over 11.2 innings of work ... Posted five scoreless appearances during the season, including pristine outings during the last three games of his career ... Worked more than one inning on five occasions, including a season-high three frames against Le Moyne on March 25 ... Faced two teams that eventually advanced to the NCAA Tournament and combined to fire 2.2 spotless innings during those contests ... Held NC State scoreless during his 1.1 innings against the Wolfpack on March 5 before matching that effort against Illinois on April 3 ... Retired the only two batters he faced during the final game of his career against Minnesota on May 26 in the Big Ten Tournament ... Earned a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team for his work in the classroom.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2010: Third on the team in appearances (19) out of the bullpen while tossing 20.1 innings with a 2-1 record and 8.85 ERA ... Did go 1-0 with a solid 4.26 ERA in six Big Ten games, allowing only three earned runs in 6.1 innings ... Threw a perfect 1.1 innings to close out the win vs. Michigan State (5/1) ... Retired both batters he faced at Purdue (4/16) ... Second straight scoreless appearance, tossing 1.2 innings against Northwestern (4/11) to earn second win of the season ... Threw 1.1 scoreless innings vs. Bucknell (4/6) ... Impressed in the home opener against Hofstra (3/26), hurling two scoreless innings on only one hit ... Did not allow a run in two games on Mar. 20, against Columbia and Winthrop. Pitched in both ends of the doubleheader ... Strong outing against Seton Hall (2/27), tossing two shutout innings for the win. Only allowed two hits while striking out one.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2009: Served as one of Penn State's most dependable relievers in first collegiate baseball season ... Finished the year with an impressive 4.44 ERA, second on the team ... Posted a 1-0 record with one save in 26.1 innings of work ... Only allowed 21 hits in posting a team-best .226 batting average against (seventh in the Big Ten) ... One of only two Nittany Lions (T.J. Macy) with at least 10 innings to allow less than a hit per inning ... Did not allow a run in 14 of 20 outings ... Failed to allow a hit on six occasions ... Went nine innings spanning first five collegiate appearances before allowing first-career run against Rutgers (3/13) ... Pitched 0.1 scoreless innings against Villanova (5/12) ... Garnered only win of the season at Iowa (5/9) with 0.1 scoreless frames ... Strong in setting up David Lutz for the save a day earlier (5/8). Allowed one run in two innings ... Struck out the side in a scoreless inning vs. La Salle (4/29) ... Pitched 0.2 scoreless frames with a strikeout against Illinois (4/25) ... Hurled a scoreless ninth, with a strikeout, against Purdue (4/12) ... Dominated two days prior against the Boilermakers (4/10) in pitching 1.1 scoreless frames with a strikeout ... Tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts vs. Kent State (4/1) ... Recorded 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out two at Kent State (3/24) ... Earned the final out of a 13-2 win over NYIT (3/21) ... Hurled two scoreless innings against Rutgers (3/15) for first collegiate save ... Scored as a pinch-runner against Florida Gulf Coast (3/11) ... Dazzled a day prior (3/10) against FGC by tossing 3.1 one-hit innings to keep the Lions tied in extra frames ... Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings against Saint Joseph's (3/8) ... Posted a scoreless eighth in the series opener at #4 Texas (2/27) ... Retired the only two batters he faced in the season-opener against St. John's (2/20).
PENN STATE FOOTBALL: Jesse's Football Bio
An Academic All-Big Ten honoree, owning a 3.57 GPA ... Saw action once in 2009, against eventual Big Ten Champion and Rose Bowl participant Ohio State ... Saw action in two games in 2008 ... Made collegiate debut in the season-opening win over Florida International ... Also played in the 38-7 win over #19 Wisconsin ... A talented and dedicated player.
HIGH SCHOOL: Standout football, baseball and basketball player at Grove City ... Named First Team All-County and First Team All-District in baseball ... Four-year letterwinner, who was a pitcher and center fielder ... Was a District X champion three times ... Also excelled in football under head coach Jeff Bell, earning First Team All-State at defensive back in 2005 and 2006 and Second Team All-State in 2004.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jesse Lee Alfreno ... Born on July 10, 1987 in Grove City, Pa. ... Parents are Mark and Wendy Alfreno ... Double majoring in advertising/public relations and employment relations. minoring in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because I always wanted to attend a large university with a huge campus and thousands of people I didn't know. Also, I was always a huge Penn State football fan growing up and was blessed with the opportunity to walk on to the football team."
GETTING TO KNOW JESSE
Major & Why: Advertising - The world of advertising is very exciting and I enjoy using my creativity.
Favorite Thing About Penn State: All the people and the sense of pride that they bring to the university
Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park: It is constructed somewhat after PNC Park (in Pittsburgh).
Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Johnny Damon
Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Football
Favorite Athletic Memory at Penn State: Running through the tunnel for the first time at Beaver Stadium (as a member of the Penn State football team)
Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): Michael Jordan
Favorite Pro Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Mike Lange (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z
Favorite Movie: The Prestige
Favorite TV Show: Entourage
Favorite Website: Adage.com
Favorite Food: Hawaiian Pizza
Hobbies: Golfing, skiing, movies and video games
Childhood Idol: Michael Jordan
Place I'd Like To Visit: Hawai'i
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Take care of those closest to me, invest and buy a professional football team
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Find a good job, start a family and enjoy life