Lions victorious in five of their last six games
Rookie struck out nine consecutive batters across two appearances
Lions to play last of 15-straight road games tonight
Nittany Lions unable to rally late
Nittany Lions get blanked after stranding 11 runners
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014: Ranked second on the team with nine starts and totaled 12 appearances ... Earned his first start in the second game of a doubleheader at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 16, striking out a career-high four ... Had back-to-back shutout starts vs. NYIT on March 19 and at Bucknell in the second game of a doubleheader on March 23 ... Picked up a win vs. the Bears ... Allowed just three hits in each outing, including 3.0 innings of work against the Bears and 4.0 against the Bison ... Posted back-to-back shutout relief appearances, holding Kent State on April 22 scoreless for 2.0 innings and Minnesota on April 26 scoreless for one frame in the second game of a doubleheader ... Put together a season-high 6.0 innings of work vs. Michigan State on May 16, tying his season-high with four strikeouts.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013: Started five games and came in out of the bullpen in 11 to total 16 appearances during his rookie season ... Racked up 39.1 innings on the mound and 20 strikeouts ... Made his Penn State debut at East Tennessee State on Feb. 16 ... Came out of the pen to throw 4.1 innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out his first batter in a Penn State uniform against Houston on May 5 ... Got two outs in relief versus Houston Baptist on March 9 ... Earned his first start against Kent State on April 9 ... Made a relief appearance at Michigan on April 14, going 1.2 innings and allowing no runs on just one hit ... Recorded the longest start of his season, pitching 6.2 innings and striking out seven in the win over La Salle on April 23 ... Threw 1.1 innings of hitless baseball out of the bullpen with a strikeout in the 4-3 victory over Minnesota ... Struck out one batter and gave up one hit in 2.1 innings at Illinois on May 10 ... Pitched a shutout over five innings of work, allowing one hit and striking out two at Illinois on May 12.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterwinner for the New Trier Trevians under head coach Mike Napoleon ... Named Illinois All-State in 2012, as well as Central Suburban first team All-League in 2011 and 2012 ... Captained his squad in 2012 and was team MVP in 2011 and 2012 ... Also a two-year letterwinner in football ... Named first team All-Conference in 2012 and All-Conference honorable mention in 2011 ... Captained his team in 2011 and 2012 ... Played for the Wilmette Waves Connie Mack summer team ... Selected to represent Illinois in the Midwest Classic Baseball Tournament in 2011 ... Graduated New Trier as an Honors Student ... Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout.
PERSONAL: Full name is Nicholas George Hedge ... Born on December 6, 1993 in Evanston, Ill. ... Parents are Michael and Michelle Hedge... Has one brother, Michael, and one sister, Mary ... Majoring in civil engineering.