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Two-year letterwinner starting on the mound at State College Area High School for head coach Troy Allen ... Named the Centre Daily Times Athlete of the Spring after striking out 78 and winning five games with a 2.00 ERA as a senior ... Named Mid-Penn All-Conference as a junior with a 1.50 ERA, 55 strikeouts and three wins ... Helped lead team to the state semifinals as a senior and District 6 Championships as a sophomore and junior ... Played travel ball for the Keystone Railsplitters and was a Keystone State Games Silver Medalist as a freshman ... Also earned two letters as a long snapper for the football team, winning a pair of district championships ... Earned high honors all four years ... Was one of two recipients of the Joseph R. Cardenuto Memorial Award, given to incoming freshman from State High that intend to enroll in the College of Health and Human Development or the College of Education ... Completed in excess of 50 hours of community service.
Full name is Mason Augustus Mellott ... Born on December 14, 1998 in State College, Pennsylvania ... Parents are Bob and Lisa Mellott ... Two uncles and an aunt attended Penn State ... Intends to major in kinesiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
“I choose Penn State because it was close to home and I felt like it was my best opportunity athletically and academically. I also believed that Penn State would give me the ability to reach my academic and athletic goals. I also love the facilities, coaches, and the opportunities to grow here.”
Coach Cooper: “Mason is a hard working young man who absolutely relishes the opportunity to compete. He is a State College native who is committed to helping Penn State baseball win at the highest level. We are extremely excited about his future as a Nittany Lion.”