*SELECTED BY THE FLORIDA MARLINS IN THE 38TH ROUND OF THE 2008 MLB ENTRY DRAFT*
AS A JUNIOR IN 2011: One of only three players to start all 54 games for Penn State during the year ... Broke the single-season program record with a Big-Ten best 25 doubles ... Eclipsed Michael Campo's 11-year-old record of 24 doubles, which was accomplished in 10 more games ... Stood 13th in the nation in doubles and 10th in doubles-per-game ... Ranked second on the team with a .329 batting average and led all qualifying batters with a .411 on-base percentage ... Finished third on the squad with 68 hits, 36 runs scored, 33 RBI, and a .459 slugging percentage ... Posted a hit in 14 of the first 15 games during the year, including back-to-back multi-hit efforts to open the 2011 campaign ... Tallied a double in six straight contests from March 8 - 13 ... Capped off that streak with a pair of two-base hits in the second game of a doubleheader against Norfolk State on March 13 ... Knocked in three runs and scored twice while posting a perfect 3-for-3 performance against Le Moyne on March 27 ... Pieced together an impressive effort against Northwestern in front of a large collection of family and friends during a trip back to his home state of Illinois ... Added three hits and a pair of RBI in the opener against the Wildcats before adding two more hits and three RBI during Saturday's nightcap on April 9 ... Wrapped up the three-game series with two walks and an RBI during the finale on Sunday ... Tied season-highs with three hits, three RBI, and two doubles during a 3-for-3 performance against Ohio State on April 24 ... Eventually finished the year with 20 multi-hit efforts, which ranked second on the team ... Broke the single-season doubles record in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament after roping a pair of two-base hits against Purdue on May 25 ... Led all Nittany Lion infielders with a .986 fielding percentage ... Participated in 69 double plays, which was 19 more than any other player in the Big Ten ... Started an unusual 3-6-5 triple play against Illinois on April 2, which was named the Big Ten Network's Play of the Week.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Strong first season of starting duty included a .354 average (third on the team) along with a team-leading 75 hits while starting all 52 games ... Played strong first base, including 472 putouts which stand third in school history for a single-season ... Led the Lions with 24 multi-hit games ... Also finished with 14 doubles, two home runs, 33 RBI and 101 total bases ... The hit total is good for seventh in school history while total bases stand just outside the top 10 ... Was also at the plate for three of the Lions' six walk-off victories this season ... Also saw time on the mound, throwing 3.1 innings over four games while allowing only one earned run ... Finished the season with two straight 2-for-4 efforts against Michigan (5/21-22) ... Recorded a single hit in the first two games at Minnesota (5/14-15) ... Posted a career-high 12-game hitting streak from Apr. 23 until May 15 ... Went 2-for-4 in back-to-back games on Saturday (5/8) and Sunday (5/9) vs. Iowa. Three of those four hits went for extra bases (two doubles and a home run) ... Monster weekend against Michigan State, hitting .583 (7-for-12) in three games ... Went 3-for-4 on both Friday (4/30) and Saturday (5/1), with seven RBI in that span - including a career-high five on Saturday. Reached base five times on Friday, also walking twice ... Another multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored vs. La Salle (4/27) ... Tied a career-high with three hits, six at-bats and three runs scored as part of impressive offensive outburst at Ohio State (4/24) ... Went 3-for-6 with a double, RBI and two runs scored vs. Duquesne (4/20). Also pitched a scoreless ninth inning ... 24-game on-base streak was snapped in the series finale at Purdue (4/18) ... Posted two straight two-hit games at Purdue (4/16-17), including on Friday when he tied a career-high with two doubles ... Reached base three times via two walks and a hit vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh (4/13) ... Earned first-career win as a pitcher, tossing a scoreless ninth inning against Bucknell (4/6) ... Three hits (in four at-bats), while walking once and getting hit by a pitch in the Big Ten opener at Illinois (4/2). Also drove in one and set a career-high with three runs scored. Now has 10 multi-hit efforts in his last 15 games with 26 total hits in that span ... Posted two hits against Kent State (3/31) ... Finished the Hofstra series with 2-for-4 effort and two RBI and runs scored on 3/28 ... Tied career-high with three hits in Game Two of Saturday's (3/27) doubleheader, with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored ... Hit a clutch triple in Game One and scored game-tying run in the sixth inning (of a seven-inning game) ... Third straight two-hit game (and sixth in eight games), finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI at Pittsburgh (3/24) ... Finished strong weekend at Coca-Cola Classic with 2-for-4 performance vs. Kent State (3/21), his third multi-hit game of the weekend ... Went 2-for-4 with two walks, a double, RBI and run at Winthrop (3/20) ... Opened weekend with 2-for-4 effort vs. Kent State, driving in two along with a walk and double ... Posted second straight multi-hit night at Texas State (3/13), going 2-for-5 ... Went 2-for-5 with first home run of the season, a three-run shot, in the series opener against Texas State (3/12) ... Had third multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored against Texas A&M (3/9) ... Posted a career-high three hits in consecutive games, finishing 3-for-5 against both Dallas Baptist (3/6) and Lamar (3/5). Also marked first-career multi-hit games ... Two of his hits against DBU came in the second inning, becoming the first Nittany Lion with two hits in an inning since Mike Deese on March 9, 2008 ... Against Notre Dame (2/28), reached base three times via a hit, walk and hit by pitch. Hit was a two-run double in the first inning to up Penn State's lead to 3-0 ... Posted a single in four at-bats vs. Seton Hall (2/27) ... Was 1-for-6 against Cincinnati (2/26) with a walk-off single in the 12th inning.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2009: Solid first collegiate season, hitting .280 in limited action at corner infield ... Played 13 games, starting four, with a double, home run, two RBI and four runs scored in 25 at-bats ... Posted a .440 slugging percentage and .357 on-base percentage ... Went 1-for-4 against Villanova (5/12) and Michigan State (5/2) ... Was 1-for-2 off the bench against NYIT (3/22) ... Had a hit in only at-bat a day prior (3/21), taking over for senior first baseman Cory Wine late in the game ... Walked and scored in game one of a doubleheader vs. Rutgers (3/14) ... Finished 1-for-3 with a double against Lehigh (3/8) ... Hit first-career home run, a solo shot, in the seventh inning against Akron (3/7), which marked first-collegiate hit ... Saw first-collegiate action in season-opener against St. John's (2/20), finishing with a walk and RBI off the bench.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Lake Zurich High School in Illinois ... Named All-Conference and All-Area three times and All-Illinois as a senior .... Batted .542 with a school-record 13 home runs, 15 doubles and 56 RBI ... Also went 7-2 with a 0.82 ERA as a pitcher, and threw a no-hitter in the North Suburban Conference championship game ... Led the Bears to conference championships twice and a regional championship in 2005 ... Hit .400 with a .484 on base percentage and .789 slugging percentage as a junior, slugging 10 home runs and driving in 39 ... Squad went 24-10 and won the North Suburban Conference championship ... Named All-Conference, All-Area and All-County that season while serving as team captain ... Hit .423 as a sophomore with four home runs and 33 RBI to go with a .486 on-base percentage in leading squad to a 22-9 record ... Also an All-Conference and All-Area performer ... Drafted in the 38th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Florida Marlins.
PERSONAL: Full name is Joseph Anthony DeBernardis ... Born on September 28, 1989 in Waukegan, Ill. ... Parents are John and Joyce DeBernardis ... Father, John, is a Penn State alumnus ... Has six older siblings: three brothers - Jon (37), Josh (34) and Adam (30) and three sisters, Kelli (31), Ashley (25) and Kristie (25) ... Jon played baseball at Pittsburgh ... Majoring in communications.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because it is a great academic and athletic university. Also, having a great coaching staff really helped with my decision. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is such an awesome stadium to play at everyday and it doesn't get much better than that."
GETTING TO KNOW JOEY