6/15: SIGNS CONTRACT WITH THE ASTROS
6/12: PING!BASEBALL SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
6/10: ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
6/8: SELECTED BY THE ASTROS IN THE MLB DRAFT
6/3: LOUISVILLE SLUGGER SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
5/25: FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
5/21: 2010 DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALIST
5/19: 2010 JOHNNY BENCH AWARD SEMIFINALIST
INSIDE THE COACH'S BOX
Monster season, including leading the Nittany Lions in a majority of categories: average (.369), doubles (16, tied), home runs (19), RBI (57), total bases (148), slugging percentage (.747), on-base percentage (.451) and runs scored (53) ... The 19 home runs marked a new single-season school record, breaking Dave Simononis' previous mark originally set back in 1978 ... 148 total bases were second and slugging percentage third in school history ... The 16 doubles were tied for sixth and 53 runs tied for fifth ... Named a semifinalist for both the Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy, one of only two players in the nation on both lists ... Four multi-home run games were tied for most in the country ... Incredible in Big Ten play, hitting .400 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI while posting an .811 slugging percentage and .495 on-base percentage ... Homered in six of eight conference series, including against three Big Ten aces (Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue) ... Finished season going 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored vs. Michigan (5/22) ... Hit 19th home run of the season in game one of that series (5/21) ... Tied school home run record with long ball No. 18 against Minnesota (5/14). Finished 2-for-4 with a walk and double ... Went 2-for-4 against Iowa (5/8), including first triple in over two years ... Tied Penn State's 32-year season home record by hitting Nos. 16 and 17 in the series finale vs. Michigan State (5/2). Drove in four while scoring three runs ... Reached base five times via two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch a day prior (5/1) while crossing the plate a career-high five times ... Had two hits and two walks in the series opener (4/30), driving in two while scoring one ... Reached base safely in 26 consecutive games starting Mar. 19 (Kent State) and ending Apr. 27 (La Salle) ... Honored with Big Ten Co-Player of the Week laurels on Apr. 26 ... Went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the series finale at Ohio State (4/25) ... Monster game a day prior (4/24) with a new career-high four hits. Also tied a career-high in at-bats (6), runs scored (4) and home runs (2). Had four RBI ... 19-game hitting streak was snapped against Purdue (4/17), which was fourth in program history. Had 11 multi-hit games while batting .459 (34-for-74) in that span with eight home runs, 30 RBI, eight doubles and 20 runs scored ... Went deep in the first inning i series opener at Purdue (4/16) ... Yet another monster game, this time vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh (4/13), finishing 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored. Tied a career-high in hits, home runs and runs ... Went 7-for-12 (.583)in weekend series against Northwestern ... Hit second home run in as many days, a two-run shot at Illinois (4/3) ... Finished 2-for-5 with a double, home run, four RBI and three runs scored in the Big Ten opener at Illinois (4/2) ... Went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored in the series finale against Hofstra (3/28) ... Three hits (in four at-bats) along with a double and three RBI vs. the Pride (3/27) ... Hit third home run in as many games, and finished 2-for-4 along with three RBI and a run scored at Pittsburgh (3/24) ... Finished impressive weekend at Coca-Cola Classic with two-run home run in the championship game against Kent State (3/21) ... Went 2-for-3 with first-career grand slam along with two runs scored and a career-high seven RBI at Winthrop (3/20). Also walked twice ... Opened weekend with 2-for-3 effort vs. Kent State (3/19) with two walks, a double, three runs scored and an RBI ... Went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored at Texas State (3/12) ... Doubled and drove in a run at Lamar (3/7) ... Swiped second-career base (and second in as many days) against Dallas Baptist (3/6), also finishing with a hit and run scored ... Hit yet another home run vs. McNeese State (3/5) ... Monster opening weekend at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, finishing with five extra-base hits (and three home runs). Was honored with Penn State Student Athlete of the Week for his efforts ... Hit a home run in consecutive at-bats against Notre Dame (2/28) - the first in the seventh and the second to tie the game in the ninth. Finished 3-for-6 with three RBI and a career-high four runs scored. The two home run game tied a career-high as well ... Opened the season hitting 2-for-6 with a double, home run, RBI and two runs scored against Cincinnati (2/26).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2009: Split time at catcher with classmate Bobby Jacobs ... Played in 27 games (starting 26) while hitting .289 with three home runs (fourth on the team) and 20 RBI (fifth) ... Also hit two doubles and scored 13 runs ... Walked eight times and was hit by two pitches for a .345 on-base percentage ... Finished 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored in the season-finale against #21 Minnesota (5/16) ... Big day against Iowa (5/8) in going 3-for-4 with a career-high two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored ... Hit 2-for-4 while driving in Penn State's only run of the game at Michigan State (5/2) ... Finished 2-for-4 with two RBI vs. La Salle (4/29) ... Hit first-career home run, a two run shot in the second inning against Illinois (4/26) ... Went 1-for-3 with a walk in game one of a doubleheader at Indiana (4/18) ... Was 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored vs. Purdue (4/11) ... Drove in two runs via a hit against Bucknell (4/8) ... Reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks in game two of a doubleheader at Michigan (4/4), scoring a run ... Impressed against #16 Ohio State (3/29) in finishing 2-for-4 with a walk, double, three RBI and two runs scored ... Outstanding vs. NYIT (3/22), reaching base all four times via 3-for-3 with two runs ... Had a hit and run scored against Akron (3/7) ... Was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI in game one of a doubleheader at #4 Texas (2/28).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2008: Backed up veteran catchers Joe Blackburn and Rob Yodice ... Appeared in 13 games with three starts (two at catcher and one at DH) ... Started games vs. Cornell (3/16), Akron (4/15) and Youngstown State (4/23) ... Broke through with first-career hit, a triple vs. Youngstown State (4/23) ... Finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and season-high eight putouts in that contest ... Reached base for first time via a walk against Miami (3/11).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C. ... As a senior, helped lead the team to a 24-4 record, a conference championship and undefeated conference record ... Named MELA 6 All-Conference as both a junior and senior ... Team went 20-5 as a sophomore and 19-6 as a junior ... Recipient of the Jimmy K. Poole Student-Athlete Scholarship.
PERSONAL: Full name is George Benjamin Heath ... Born on October 7, 1988 in Danville, Va. ... Parents are Mark and Deborah Heath ... Has two older brothers, Brad (27) and Matt (24) ... Father played football at Appalachian State ... A kinesiology major.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because I wanted to play baseball for a big school in a good conference like the Big Ten."
GETTING TO KNOW BEN