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Nittany Lions enter final week of the season
Penn State has a total of 4,023 honorees during 18 years of the program
Nittany Lions sit in a tie for second place in the Big Ten standings
Nittany Lions host Illinois in final home series
Lions travel to UNC Greensboro this weekend
AS A JUNIOR IN 2011: Ranked fourth on the team with 16 appearances and led Penn State with five saves while anchoring the backend of the bullpen ... Picked up his first win of the year in the season opener against Seton Hall on February 18 ... Worked 3.2 innings of relief, allowing just one earned run while scattering three hits during the 8-6 victory ... Earned his first save against NC State on March 4 after firing a perfect inning against the Wolfpack to seal a 3-2 victory ... Pieced together a string of six straight appearances without allowing an earned run from March 8-27 ... Tossed 4.2 innings of relief against Old Dominion and picked up the victory after scattering three hits with two strikeouts against the Monarchs on March 8 ... Continued his scoreless streak with 2.2 innings of pristine relief against Norfolk State on March 13 before earning his second save with 1.2 innings of work against Wichita State on March 19 ... Tossed another scoreless inning against the Shockers one day later ... Limited Le Moyne to just one hit over 1.1 frames on March 25 before earning his third save with two perfect innings against Albany on March 27 ... After 2.2 innings against Illinois on April 1, he tossed a scoreless frame against Kent State on April 5 and earned another save after working out of a jam during the second game of a doubleheader against Northwestern on April 9 ... Earned his final save of the year with a scoreless frame against Pittsburgh on April 13 ... Made his last appearance of the season with 1.1 innings of work against Purdue on April 15 before being shut down during the final month of the season after suffering an injury.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Solid sophomore season, going 3-3 with a 5.86 ERA before going down with an injury late in the season ... Still threw 54.0 innings, fourth in the team while striking out 26 ... Ended up appearing in 10 games, starting nine of them ... Picked up third win of the season in the series finale at Ohio State (4/25), allowing only two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Also struck out five ... Went a career-high 7.1 innings in impressive start vs. Northwestern (4/10), allowing only one earned run with two strikeouts ... Dazzled in pitching first-career complete game in doubleheader win over Hofstra. Went the full seven, allowing only four hits and one earned run ... Tossed his second straight quality start, finishing with a nearly identical line score as his season debut. Earned the win against McNeese State (3/5), throwing seven inning while only allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits with a career-high six strikeouts ... Earned the opening game start against Cincinnati (2/26) and didn't disappoint, tossing seven innings while allowing only two runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Left with the lead.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2009: Enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaigning capped off by Third Team All-Big Ten accolades ... Was one of only 10 pitchers in the nation to lead his squad in wins (5) and saves (5) ... The five saves were good for fifth in the Big Ten and tied for sixth in Penn State single-season history ... Appeared in 22 games, starting twice, with a 5-1 record and 5.31 ERA ... Only allowed 40 hits in 39.0 innings while striking out 19 ... Did not allow a run in 13 appearances, holding opponents hitless five times ... Posted three scoreless inning streaks of at least five with two exceeding seven ... Career-high streak was nine in mid-March, breaking previous career-best of 7.1 set from Feb. 28 to Mar. 11 ... Earned team-leading fifth win of the season via 2.1 scoreless innings in season-finale against #21 Minnesota (5/16) ... Had team-leading fifth save of the season behind one scoreless inning at Iowa (5/9) ... Picked up fourth win, hurling two innings while allowing one run against the Hawkeyes (5/8) ... Allowed one earned run in 2.1 innings against Illinois (4/24) ... Pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn the save at Indiana (4/17) ... Earned third, allowing one ninth-inning run to hold onto an 11-9 win over Purdue (4/11) ... Hurled 1.2 hitless innings in game one of a doubleheader at Michigan (4/4) for third win of the season ... Only allowed one base runner (a hit) in three sparkling innings vs. Kent State (4/1) ... Retired both batters he faced via strikeouts to earn second save of the season vs. #16 Ohio State (3/29) ... Pitched a perfect inning at Temple (3/25) to earn first-career save ... Had a perfect eighth and ninth, striking out two to earn the win over NYIT (3/20) ... Tossed four scoreless frames in game one of a doubleheader vs. Rutgers (3/14), only allowing three base runners and striking out two ... Earned first win of career in 2.1 innings against Florida Gulf Coast (3/11) ... Pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two, a day prior (3/10) ... Hurled 2.2 scoreless frames against #4 Texas (3/1) ... Had a scoreless inning in game one of a doubleheader against the Longhorns (2/28).
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-sport athlete at Lansdale Catholic, playing both baseball and basketball ... Was both a shortstop and starting pitcher, earning First and Second Team All-Pac 10 as a junior and senior pitcher ... Named Lansdale Catholic's outstanding pitcher as a junior and MVP during final year as a Fighting Crusader ... First Team Bux-Mont Legion as a pitcher in 2008 ... Played point guard for basketball squad, being named Team MVP in 2008 ... Also played club baseball for the Nor-Gwyn Hawks.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ryan Thomas Ignas ... Born on December 10, 1989 in Lansdale, Pa. ... Parents are Tom and Betty Ignas ... Brother of Laura (24) and Jessica (23) ... Undecided on a major.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because of the great academic programs, the state of the art facilities, the lively atmosphere and the immense alumni population. I also chose Penn State because I attended small, private schools my whole life and I wanted to go to a larger one with more diversity."
GETTING TO KNOW RYAN
Nicknames: Iggy, Big Igg, Jiggy, Jigsaw
Major & Why: Broadcast Journalism because I hope to pursue a career in the broadcasting field for baseball
Favorite Thing About Penn State: The lively atmosphere and state of the art facilities
Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park: The ping pong table, the field condition and the view of Mount Nittany in the background
Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Cliff Lee
Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Men's and Women's Volleyball
Favorite Athletic Memory at Penn State: Pitching in extra innings last year at Michigan
Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): LeBron James
Favorite Pro Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: The late Harry Kalas
Favorite Musical Artist: Kanye West
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: Two and a Half Men
Favorite Website: Lionmenus.com
Favorite Food: Uncle Chen's General Tsao Chicken
Hobbies: Playing video games and ping pong
Childhood Idol: Julius Caesar
Place I'd Like To Visit: The wilderness of Alaska
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Give some to charity, then live a luxurious life and not work another day.
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Pursue a broadcasting career with some major league organization. I would also like to start my own restaurant.