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Nittany Lion outfielders must protect their islands throughout the season according to White
Penn State opens the 2013 with three games at East Tennessee State
10 players prepping for 2013 season playing summer ball
Nittany Lions finished the season 26-13 in their last 39 games
Steranka records three hits and ties school doubles record
Photos from Penn State's Big Ten Tournament contest with Nebraska
AS A JUNIOR IN 2011: One of only two players in the conference to earn unanimous first-team All-Big Ten honors following an extraordinary junior campaign ... Led the league with 12 home runs and a .622 slugging percentage, which was over 30 points higher than the next closest competitor ... Also ranked second in the Big Ten with 18 doubles and five triples while placing third with 54 runs scored ... Anchored the top of the lineup, starting 40 games as the leadoff hitter while spending 13 in the No. 2 hole ... Earned the F. Joseph Bedenk Award as Penn State's most valuable player and was selected to the College Baseball Lineup Division I All-Star Team ... Opened the year with a career-best 13-game hitting streak, including multiple hits in four straight games between February 20 and February 27 ... After having the streak snapped against Norfolk State on March 13, he ripped off an 11-game roll from March 19 - April 9 ... Recorded at least one hit in 46 of his 53 games, including a team-high 21 multi-hit efforts and seven three-hit performances ... Legged out three triples in his first five games and also added his first home run of the season in the first game of a doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky on February 19 ... Had an impressive performance during the spring break trip, roping three hits in four of the team's nine contests ... Clubbed two home runs during that stretch, including an inside-the-park shot against Norfolk State on March 12 ... Posted an extra-base hit in eight of the team's nine games between March 20 and April 5, including a home run against Illinois on April 1 and a pair of doubles against the Illlini on April 5 ... Roped his fifth long ball of the year against Purdue on April 17 before reeling off an unbelievable stretch run to wrap up the regular season ... Blasted home runs in three straight games from May 7-10 and eventually tallied seven homers during the team's last 14 games ... Incredibly, eight of his 12 home runs gave the Nittany Lions the lead, including four leadoff blasts ... Led Penn State with 14 stolen bases in just 16 attempts ... Swiped a pair of bags against Old Dominion on March 9 and stole one in three straight games during the middle of May ... Consistently performed as one of the top defensive centerfielders in the Big Ten and led all PSU outfielders with 135 putouts, including a career-high seven against Minnesota on May 15.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Strong sophomore season in first year of starting duty ... Was the starting left fielder - 41 times - while also starting 10 times in center ... Also versatile within the lineup, batting leadoff (30), second (2), fifth (2), sixth (1), seventh (1) and eighth (15) ... In total, batted .289 with three home runs and 24 RBI ... Five triples were within one of tying the single-season school record ... Also had four doubles ... Stole 24 bases, tied for second in program history and within three of the school record ... Finished with a hit in 23 of his final 27 games dating back to Apr. 4 at Illinois, including a career-high 10-game hitting streak in that span ... Went 4-for-11 in final series of the year vs. Michigan (5/20-22), including a 2-for-3 performance in the middle game. Hit key double as part of huge ninth-inning rally. Also drove in two and scored one ... Posted two hits in all three games against Iowa (5/7-9), finishing 2-for-4 in each contest. Also had a walk, two doubles, three runs and a stolen base ... Was 2-for-5 with a walk, two RBI and run scored vs. Michigan State (5/1) ... Opened series a day prior by tying career-high with three hits (in five at-bats) and three runs scored. Also walked ... Went 2-for-4 a walk, stolen base, RBI and run scored at Ohio State (4/25) ... Seven-game hitting streak was snapped against one of the nation's top pitchers in Ohio State's Alex Wimmers on 4/23 ... Tied a career-high with two stolen bases vs. Mount St. Mary's (4/21) ... Career day against Duquesne (4/20), going 2-for-4 with two walks, a triple, home run, five RBI and two runs scored ... Was 2-for-5 with a run scored in each of the first two games at Purdue (4/16-17) ... Huge part of historic win over No. 24 Pittsburgh (4/13). Tied a career-high with three hits, six at-bats, one home run and two RBI ... Tied a career-high with two walks while stealing 18th base of the season vs. Northwestern (4/10) ... Finished 2-for-5 with a run scored a day prior against the Wildcats ... Went 2-for-4 vs. Bucknell (4/6) with a walk, pair of infield singles, two runs scored and a stolen base ... Finished 2-for-4, including first-career home run, at Illinois (4/4) ... Recorded a walk, RBI and stolen base vs. Kent State (3/31). Marked his sixth consecutive game with a stolen base ... Hit first-career double, then swiped 15th base of the season at Kent State (3/30) ... Strong weekend against Hofstra (3/26-28) was highlighted by five stolen bases and five hits, including a triple. Also had three walks, three RBI and three runs scored ... Big day in doubleheader day split at Coca-Cola Classic. Started with 3-for-5 performance against Columbia (3/20), including a triple and two runs scored, one of which was the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Later went 1-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored and two stolen bases against host Winthrop ... Posted a hit in every game at Texas State (3/12-14) including two in the series opener ... Tripled, stolen base, scored and drove in a run against Dallas Baptist (3/6) ... Career game against McNeese State (3/5), finishing with a career-high three hits (in four at-bats) with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base ... Reached base three times against Notre Dame (2/28) via a hit and two walks. Also posted a career-high two stolen bases and scored a run ... Had a hit vs. Seton Hall (2/27) ... Was 1-for-6 with a stolen base and run scored in season-opener against Cincinnati (2/26). Both stolen base and run came in 12th inning rally.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2009: Saw action in 17 games, starting four while posting four hits in limited at-bats ... Finished with a .190 batting average in first collegiate season, but did walk three times for a .292 on-base percentage ... Posted a triple, RBI and run scored ... Went 1-for-1 off the bench against La Salle (4/29) ... Posted only extra-base hit of season (a triple) and drove in one run vs. Bucknell (3/31) ... Reached base on both plate appearances against Lehigh (3/8), scoring one of Penn State's 15 runs ... Reached base in three straight plate appearances to open career via two walks and a hit ... Walked in game one of a doubleheader at #4 Texas (2/28) ... Had a hit in only at-bat vs. Northwestern (2/21) in the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge ... Walked in first-career plate appearance in season-opener against St. John's.
HIGH SCHOOL: Standout performer at Hunterdon Central Regional, owning seven school records ... Recorded 103 hits (46 as a senior in 2008), 38 doubles (19 in 2008), 106 runs scored, 53 walks and 50 stolen bases ... Led the Red Devils to a Group IV State Championship as a senior along with two conference titles in career ... Squad finished with a 24-7 record in 2008.
PERSONAL: Full name is Sean Patrick Deegan ... Born on February 5, 1990 in Scotch Plains, N.J. ... Parents are Kevin and Pamela Deegan ... Brother of Kerry ... Majoring in liberal arts.
GETTING TO KNOW SEAN
Major & Why: Criminal Justice
Favorite Thing About Penn State: All the people I have met and the memories being made
Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park: The playing surface and bleachers in right field
Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Grady Sizemore
Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Football
Favorite Athletic Memory at Penn State: Playing at the University of Texas
Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): LeBron James
Favorite Pro Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Joe Morgan
Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z
Favorite Movie: Major League
Favorite TV Show: Entourage
Favorite Websites: Eastbay.com
Favorite Food: Steak Filet
Hobbies: NHL 2010 on Xbox
Place I'd Like To Visit: Tahiti
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Donate back to the baseball program
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Continue to play baseball for as long as possible