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Penn State leads conference with 5,576 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2014-15)
Enters season with 12 saves to rank third all-time in program history, trailing the record by 10 … His 69 appearances rank fourth in program history, 14 short of the school record.
2015 CUBA TRIP
One of two pitchers to make two appearances in relief during the four-game Cuba Baseball Friendship Tournament … Struck out two in two innings of work, allowing an unearned run on two hits … Made first appearance against Ciego de Ávila, the defending champions of the Cuban National Series, throwing a perfect inning with one strikeout … Drew an audible reaction during warmups as submarine-delivery pitchers are not found in Cuba … Pitched the final inning of the tournament for Penn State at Matanzas.
Awards: Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Reliever was the Nittany Lions’ top pitcher, leading the team with a career-best 2.98 ERA overall (ninth in Big Ten) and a 2.70 ERA in Big Ten games … Led the pitching staff with 29 appearances (fifth in Big Ten) in 48 games (60 percent), tying Matt Ogrodnik (2007) for the second most in a season … Totaled the third-most innings on the team with 54 1/3 … Held same team rankings in Big Ten games, appearing in 14 out of 22 games (64 percent) played and totaling 26 2/3 innings … Held opponents to a staff-low .222 batting average … Posted a 4-5 record to tie for the team lead in wins, and converted five saves, three of which came in Big Ten games … Finished 16 games (33 percent of games played) for the Lions … Continued streak of not allowing a home run in college … Tied for third on the team with 31 strikeouts. At Elon (2/14): Pitched in both ends of a doubleheader, totaling 1 2/3 innings … at Charleston Southern (3/6-8): Pitched in all three games of the series, with scoreless outings in the opener and finale … Allowed two runs on just one hit, two walks and a hit batsman 4 1/3 innings. At No. 7 South Carolina: Allowed just one hit and struck out one in one inning. At Liberty (3/14): Did not allow an earned run in a two-inning appearance. At Pittsburgh (3/17): Earned the win in game that went 12 innings with 4 2/3 innings of relief … Yielded just three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. No. 21 Indiana (3/22 G1): Struck out two and allowed just one hit and walk in two innings. Villanova (3/25): Entered with one out in the sixth inning and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn second win. Central Connecticut State (3/27): Struck out one and allowed just one hit in the eighth inning to earn win in second straight outing … Dropped ERA to a season-low 2.21. Bucknell (4/7): Earned first save of the season striking out two and issuing just one walk in 1 2/3 innings. At West Virginia (4/14): Became first pitcher to earn a save in Monongalia County Ballpark with 3 2/3 inning performance … Struck out two and yielded one run on three hits and a walk. At Minnesota (3/17, 19): Held Gophers scoreless in 3 1/3 innings of work across two appearances. No. 8 Illinois (4/25): Pitched a season-high five innings in 15-inning loss to eventual Big Ten Champions … Entered game at the start of the eighth inning and left after the 12th, facing a career-high 22 batters … Allowed one run on four hits and four walks (two intentional) with one strikeout. Pitt (4/29), Rutgers (5/1-3) & at Michigan State (5/8-9): Was called upon in six consecutive games … Threw 14 innings, posted a 1.93 ERA and 1-1 record with three saves and seven strikeouts, while allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned runs (all in first appearance), four walks and two hit batsmen ... Had back-to-back three inning appearances to start the streak (4/29 & 5/1) earning the save against Rutgers after allowing just two hits over the final three innings … Factored in the decisions of all three games against Rutgers, as he pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for another save the next day, yielding only two walks and striking out one and earned the win in the season finale, walking one in 1 1/3 inning … Struck out a season-high four batters in 2 2/3 inning save at Michigan State (5/9) … Unearned run the following day resulted in only loss of the stretch.
Awards: Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Made the most appearances of any pitcher on the staff in 2014 with 26 ... Came out of the bullpen and tallied 42 innings pitched ... Led the squad with four wins and five saves ... Didn't allow a home run ... Began the season without giving up an earned run in four straight appearances (at Gardner-Webb twice, at USF and vs. Hofstra) spanning six innings pitched. At Gardner-Webb (2/16-17): Earned the win in each of his first two outings. At USF (2/23): Struck out two in two innings, not allowing a run. At Saint Mary's (3/29): Threw a career-high 5 2/3 innings, fanning a personal-best six batters and allowing just two hits, while also notching the win. Northwestern (3/29) – at Ohio State (4/11): Went five-straight games without giving up a run starting with the Big Ten opener, striking out five and allowing just one hit in three innings against the Buckeyes (4/11).
Season: Made 14 appearances out of the bullpen in his rookie season ... Totaled 14 2/3 innings pitched ... Recorded two saves on the year … Began the season with a streak of five appearances, spanning six innings, without allowing an earned run. East Tennessee State (2/17): Appeared in his first game as a Nittany Lion, tossing 1 1/3 innings of perfect baseball. At Liberty (2/23): Pitched 1 2/3 innings, surrendering just one hit and no runs ... Stephen F. Austin (3/1): Posted the first save of his Penn State career, recording 1 2/3 innings of work out of the bullpen, while holding opposing hitters to no runs or hits in the 4-2 win over. Nebraska-Omaha (3/3): Saved his second game in as many chances, coming in to get the final out in a 3-0 victory. At Temple (3/17): Allowed no runs and one hit and added a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Wright State (4/6): Gave up just one hit in relief in an inning of work. Minnesota (5/3): Struck out a batter and allowed one hit in one inning.
Two-year letterwinner for the Evanston Wildkits ... Two-time CSL All-Conference ... Named the team MVP in 2011 and 2012 ... 2011 Team Cy Young Award Winner ... Posted a 1.60 ERA with eight saves and 8.2 strikeouts per seven innings during his varsity years ... Also competed with the Northshore Yankees ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Jack Anderson ... Born on January 10, 1994 in Chicago, Ill. ... Parents are Peter and Jean Anderson ... Has one brother, Matthew ... Majoring in supply chain and information systems.