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Nittany Lions take on preseason favorite to start 2017 season
Former Nittany Lion excelling at the pro level
Haley picked by Rays in 19th round, Anderson picked by Mariners in 23rd
Hedge dazzles in return to Friday night role, Guers hits third home run in as many games
Jack Anderson records Penn State record 12th save of the season
2015 CUBA TRIP
One of four Nittany Lions to start all four games in the Cuba Baseball Friendship Tournament … Went 1-for-3 with a walk in opener at Industriales … Went 1-for-5 with an RBI in historic 9-3 win over Mayabeque – the first win for a U.S. team against a Cuban National Series team.
Season: Led Penn State in Big Ten games in batting (.333), on-base percentage (.396), runs (15), triples (3), doubles (9) … Appeared in 47 games overall with 46 starts – all at shortstop … Among team leaders with four triples (1st/7th in Big Ten), 35 runs (1st), seven hit by pitches (1st), 11 doubles (t-2nd), 56 hits (3rd) and 25 RBIs (3rd) … Formed double play tandem with Taylor Skerpon that ranked fourth in the country and tops in the Big Ten in double plays turned per game (1.10) … Batted .577 (15-for-26), slugged .885 and reached base at a .607 clip with six doubles a triple, three RBIs and 12 runs during six game hitting streak (4/29-5/9) … Batted .436 with seven doubles and a triple over final nine games of season. At Elon (2/13-14): Went 6-for-15 with a double and six RBIs in first three-game series of the season …Went 4-for-6 with a career-high four RBIs, a stolen base and two runs scored in the opener … first career four-hit game. At Charleston Southern (3/6-8): Went 3-for-7 with two RBIs, two walks and three runs scored in final two games of the series. Vs. Western Carolina (3/13): Drove in a run on a base hit, walked and stole a base. At Liberty (3/14): Doubled and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Canisius (3/18): Scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run going 1-for-4 with a walk. No. 21 Indiana (3/22): Went 6-for-11 in doubleheader, tallying three hits in each game … Doubled and scored in first game … Hit bases clearing triple in second as Penn State rallied from behind for its first victory over a nationally-ranked team since 2012. At Ohio State (4/4-6): Had a hit each game of series, going 4-for-11 with a double, triple and two runs scored. At West Virginia (4/14): Went 1-for-4, drove in a run and stole a base in victory. Bucknell (4/15): Reached base three times going 2-for-4 with an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored. At Minnesota (4/17-19): Stole a season-high two bases in second game of the series and had an RBI in both of the final two games. At Kent State (4/21): Reached base three times going 1-for-4 with an RBI, two walks and two runs. Illinois (4/25): Went 3-for-6 with an RBI, run and stolen base in 15-inning contest. Pittsburgh (4/29): Went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored … Scored the game-winning run from third base on an infield single in the bottom of the ninth … Started six-game hitting streak. Rutgers (5/1-3): Went 7-for-13 with four doubles, a triple, four RBIs, seven runs over series … Went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and three runs in second game, starting streak of four multi-hit games and matching career high for hits in a game … Had career–high two doubles in series finale, driving in the go-ahead run with one in the eighth. At Michigan State (5/8-9): Went a combined 5-for-9 with three runs in the first two games, including a double in each, to extend hitting streak to six games.
Season: Started 42 games and saw action in 44 as a shortstop. At Gardner Webb (2/16): Earned his first career hit and start in the second game of a doubleheader. At Santa Clara (3/14): Notched a season-high three hits in a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance. NYIT (3/19): Stole two bases. At Bucknell (3/23): Went 3-for-4 and crossed the place twice in the second game of a doubleheader. At Purdue (4/5-6), West Virginia (4/8): Posted two hits in three-straight contests. Illinois (4/20), at Minnesota (4/25-26 G2), at Villanova (5/13): Went 2-for-4 in four contests late in the season. Michigan State (5/17): Tied personal best with three hits.
Three-year letterwinner at Bonner and Prendergast Catholic High School under the direction of head coach Joe DeBarbarie ... Named the Philadelphia Catholic League MVP after the 2013 season ... Selected as County Times Player of the Year ... Received Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year honors ... Achieved Daily News All-City Player of the Year status ... Batted .459 on 34 hits, while hitting two home runs, driving in 26 and scoring 27 runs as a senior ... Designated as a team captain during the 2012 and 2013 seasons ... Honored as team MVP in 2013 ... Also a three-year letterwinner in football at Bonner and Prendergrast Catholic High where he was selected as the MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League in 2012 ... Played summer league as a member of the Philly Bandits.
Full name is James Liam Haley ... Born on February 23, 1995 in Lansdowne, Pa. ... Parents are Dan and Rose Haley ... Has a sister, Bridget, and eight brothers, Dan, Ryan, Mike, Joe, Luke, Chris, Shawn and Pat ... Cousins, John Young and Mike Moran, also attend Penn State ... Majoring in recreation, parks and tourism management.