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Three-year letterwinner playing baseball at Connellsville Area under head coach Rob Orndorff, his father ... Ranked by Perfect Game in the Top 500 and as the second best Pennsylvania outfielder and 13th overall PA player ... 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and Atlantic All-Region second team ... Named USA Today All-Pennsylvania second team and all-section first team as a senior after batting .542 (second in school history) with six home runs ...Was also a three-time all-county first team pick and a second-team all-section pick as a sophomore and junior ... Pennsylvania American Legion All-Star in 2015 and 2016 ... Selected to represent Team PA in the 2016 Big 26 Baseball Classic ... Played travel ball for Northeast Baseball ... Also lettered twice in football as a quarterback ... Member of National Honor Society, Penn State - Fayette 4.0 Club and Student Council.
Full name is Derek Robert Orndorff ... Born on March 16, 1999 in Mill Run, Pennsylvania ... Parents are Rob and April Orndorff ... Has an older sister, Alyssa ... Intends to major in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
“I chose Penn State because of the incredible academic reputation. I love the tradition and pride that comes along with being part of the Nittany Lion family.”
Coach Cooper: “Derek is the son of a coach and the ultimate baseball rat. He loves to compete and his extremely team oriented. His athleticism will bring a great deal of versatility to our program.”