Novak extends hitting streak to six games vs. Wolverines
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Saw action in 25 games with one start, posting a 3.68 ERA ... Led team with 24 games in relief ... Made season debut against Seton Hall on Feb. 17, striking out one with only one hit and one earned run in 3.1 innings ... Saw first start against Mississippi State on March 7, striking out a season-best four batters with just two earned runs and four hits in 5.1 innings ... Earned first win of the season on March 11 against UAB, allowing two hits and walking one ... Struck out three against Indiana on March 24, allowing just three hits and one earned run in two innings in the walk-off victory ... Held Coppin State hitless on March 28, striking out and walking one batter to kick off a six-game, 6.1-inning streak without allowing an earned run ... Held off Binghamton on April 4, striking out three and holding the opposition to just one hit in 1.1 innings ... Earned first save of the season against Michigan on April 15, holding the Wolverines hitless and retiring one batter in the ninth inning ... Claimed the win over Ohio State on April 29, striking out two batters with one hit and one earned run in 2.1 innings ... Notched second consecutive win days later against Minnesota May 4, retiring one batter while walking one, and allowing just one hit ... Pitched 2.2 innings in his fourth win of the season on May 11, striking out three Illinois batters and holding the Illini hitless.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011: Led the team and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 25 appearances during his first season ... Posted a 2-3 record with two saves and a 4.42 ERA ... Struck out 23 batters over 36.2 innings of work ... Made his collegiate debut in the season opener on Feb. 18, posting a strikeout against Seton Hall ... Allowed just two earned runs over his next eight games ... Posted a pair of scoreless appearances against N.C. State, combining to toss 1.1 innings of shutout ball against the ACC power ... Earned his first career victory against Norfolk State on March 12, firing four innings and allowing just one run against the Spartans while posting a season-high six strikeouts ... Had his first career start cut short due to a snowstorm against Kent State on March 30 ... Held the eventual NCAA Tournament team to just one hit over three shutout innings before a blizzard forced the game to be cancelled ... Allowed just one earned run during his first three appearances in Big Ten action, highlighted by 1.2 innings of scoreless ball against Illinois on April 3 ... Capped off his first year with a strong stretch at the end of the season ... Did not allow an earned run during any of his final six appearances, which spanned 11.1 innings ... Earned his second win of the season after setting a season-high with five shutout innings in relief against Niagara on May 10 ... Picked up saves in back-to-back appearances against Michigan on May 19 and 21 ... Received his first save by using just one pitch to record the final two outs of a 1-0 victory in the series opener after he induced a game-ending double play to escape a jam in the ninth ... Returned two days later and struck out three Wolverines in the final inning of play ... Wrapped up his year with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on May 25.
HIGH SCHOOL: Key member of the Council Rock South baseball team ... Earned first team All-League honors as a senior after being selected to the second-team squad as a junior ... Struck out 74 and allowed just five walks in 34.5 innings ... Led Council Rock South to a pair of SOL National Championships ... Also competed with the six-time county league champion Lemont Ducks ... Won a pair of games in the squad's final series against Phillipsburg ... Earned second team All-League honors as a running back on the Council Rock South football team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Greg Welsh ... Born on August 17, 1991 in Holland, Pa. ... Parents are Robert and Andrea Welsh ... Has an older sister, Anne, and a younger brother, Zach ... Majoring in management.
GETTING TO KNOW GREG Nickname: Grandpa, GDUB Major & Why: Supply Chain...I'm interested in the logistics and working in a managerial role. Favorite Thing About Penn State: The history and tradition Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park:The locker room and indoor dirt mounds Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Jon Lester Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Football Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): Michael Jordan Favorite Pro Team: Philadelphia Phillies Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Al Michaels Favorite Musical Artist: Wiz Khalifa Favorite Movie: Goodfellas Favorite TV Show: Entourage Favorite Website: ESPN.com Favorite Food: Chipotle Burrito Hobbies: Ping Pong, lifting Childhood Idol: My father Place I'd Like To Visit: Italy If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Retire to the coast of Italy After Penn State, I Would Like To: Play MLB or become a Supply Chain Manager for a company like Apple or Johnson and Johnson