Scott Kelley served as a double threat for the Nittany Lions in 2008, starting 21 games in the outfield while making eight appearances in relief. Kelley is projected to be one of Penn State's top starters in 2009. He was primarily used as a pitcher during his freshman year and, after a foray into the outfield, he returned to the mound against High Point for the first time in two seasons. Kelley struck out eight batters in just six innings of work. He also will see time in the outfield as he is a threat for multiple-base hits. With limited at-bats, he was third on the team with four homeruns. He put together two hitting streaks of four or more games last season.
After being exclusively a pitcher as a freshman and exclusively an outfielder last year as a sophomore, combined both roles this year and saw time primarily as an outfielder but also made seven appearances on the mound and pitched a total of five innings....Appeared in 27 games as a hitter, starting 21 of them, and also hit as the pitcher in one game...Started in left field 19 times and as DH twice....Owns three of the nine outfield assists for the Nittany Lions on the year....Was on of three Penn State individuals this year to record a multi-home run game as he went deep twice vs. Illinois (4-6)....Third on the team in home runs (4)....Does not have enough at bats to qualify but if he did, would be third on the team in slugging percentage (.443)....Six of his 20 hits on the year have gone for extra bases.....Has three multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games, including three three-RBI games....Takes a six-game hitting streak into the Big Ten Tournament.
_vs. High Point (2/23-24): Went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run in Game 1, and 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the series finale. Made his first appearance on the mound since May of 2006 as he pitched an inning against High Point, allowing one run.
_vs. Lehigh (3/21): Scored a career high four runs and went 3-for-5 with a triple and a career high three RBI against the Mountain Hawks.
_vs. Michigan (4/6): Knocked in a run and went 1-for-3 in the series finale against the Wolverines.
_vs. Pittsburgh (4/9): Hit his second home run of the year, this one a three-run shot against the Panthers.
_vs. Youngstown State (4/23): Had two RBIs and went 2-for-4 including an important two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to bring Penn State to within one in a game it would come back to win in extra innings following trailing by three entering the ninth against the Penguins.
_vs. Illinois (4/26): Hit two home runs, his first career multi-home run game, and had three RBI in a 2-for-3 performance. Followed that up by going 1-for-3 in the second game of the twinbill versus the Fighting Illini.
Made the switch from relief pitcher as a freshman to outfielder and was part of what was mainly a three-man rotation between left and center field with Ernst and Field....Started in left field mainly against left-handed pitchers....Led the team with 31 starts in left field....Had two three-hit games and two three-RBI games in his first year as a hitter....Finished second on the team in outfield assists with three....Threw out three runners at home plate on the year....Hit .286 (8-for-28) with seven RBI over his last nine games of the regular season.
_vs. Centenary (2/18): Got his first career hit, a double, and went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Penn State's first win of the year at Centenary.
_vs. North Carolina (3/3): Started off the 10th inning with a single, an inning that Penn State would score the go-ahead run in and go on to win the game at No. 1 North Carolina.
_vs. Oral Roberts (3/16): Recorded two outfield assists in the game as he threw two runners out at home plate and also went 3-for-5 with a run at Oral Roberts.
_vs. Central Connecticut (3/23-25): Scored a run and went 1-for-3 in the first game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Went 2-for-4 in the series finale.
_vs. Michigan State (4/16): Drove in three runs and went 2-for-3 in the series finale at Michigan State.
_vs. Indiana (4/27): Hit his first home run of the year to lead off the sixth inning and break a 4-4 tie to give Penn State the lead in a game it would go on to win and went 2-for-4 and also scored two runs in the series opener at Indiana. The home run was just his second career extra-base hit.
_vs. Purdue (5/6): Had his second three-RBI game of the year and went 1-for-3 in the series finale against the Boilermakers.
_vs. Michigan (5/13): Went 3-for-5 with a run, one of five Nittany Lions with three hits in the series finale.
_vs. Ohio State (5/19-20): Went 1-for-3 and drove in a run in the second game of the Ohio State series. Also drove in a run and went 1-for-2 in the series finale.
Played for the Lombard Orioles of the Wisconsin State League, where he was a teammate of former Nittany Lion Ryan Stobart.
Appeared in 15 games, all out of the bullpen, during his inaugural campaign....Did not allow any earned runs in nine of his 15 appearances....Did not allow any runs in seven of his first nine appearances....Threw a scoreless inning in his first collegiate appearance at nationally-ranked Tulane (2-17)....Struck out a career-high two in one inning of work vs. Sacred Heart (3-5)....Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings vs. Central Michigan (3-6)....Allowed one hit in a third of an inning in a win over Bethune-Cookman (3-10)....Threw a scoreless inning and struck out one at Arizona State (3-25)....Pitched a career-high two innings vs. Duquesne (4-12), allowing two hits and one run in a win....Pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning with a strikeout vs. Michigan State (4-15)....While pitching in front of several family members not far from his hometown, threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning in a win at Northwestern (4-23)....Got his only decision of the year, a loss, in his last appearance of the year at Villanova (5-16)....Had no stolen bases attempted against him.
John Hersey HS
Played on a pair of Conference Championship teams (`02, `03), as the team went 27-6 and 29-4 in those two seasons; Helped lead his team to a pair of Division Championships (`04, `05), with records of 26-12 and 25-12; Team won Regional and Sectional Championships as a junior; Went 4-0 on the mound and hit .439 with six home runs as a junior; Named to Team Illinois, the Illinois Super 60 Team, All-Conference, All-Area, and the Great Northwest Team his senior year; Went 4-1 pitching and had five home runs as a senior; Hit a grand slam in the Divisional championship game as a senior; Earned three varsity letters; Named to the Mid-Suburban All-Star team and played in the Jack Kaiser Memorial All-Star game; Also participated in basketball; A member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll member; Also Academic All-Area.
Scott Joseph Kelley was born on October 2, 1986, in Arlington Heights, Illinois; Parents are Kevin and Carol; Brother Dan (19), and sister Lauren (15). Father, Kevin played baseball at Northern Illinois; Scott is majoring in nutrition.