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Season: Appeared in 46 games and made 43 starts at catcher (29), first base (7) and designated hitter (7) ... Second on the team with 19 walks. At No. 1 TCU (2/17-19): Collected two hits, including a double in the finale, and scored a run. Vs. Xavier (2/24-26): Reached base in three out of four games ... Walked twice in the series opener. Singled in pinch-hit appearance in game three. Columbia (3/24-26): Went 5-for-13 in the four-game series ... Opened series with a 2-for-3 performance that included an RBI and two runs scored ... Went 2-for-4 in the third game with two runs and a triple to begin a five-game hitting streak that included Cornell (3/29) and the first two games at No. 22 Michigan (3/31-4/1). At Pittsburgh (4/4): Went 1-for-3 at the plate plus a walk. At Maryland (4/14-16): Collected one hit in each of game of the series, including a solo home run in the first game, to begin a season-high six-game hitting streak. Pittsburgh (4/18): Had a season-high and career-high tying three hits. Northwestern (4/21-22): Went 3-for-7 in two games with a double, an RBI, and a run. At Indiana (5/12-14): Went 4-for-9 in the series with a run scored and three walks ... Reached base all four plate appearances in game two.
Awards: Big Ten Freshman of the Week (4/26). Season: Started in all 32 appearances behind the plate ... Led team with three four-RBI games ... Led team’s freshmen with two home runs and six doubles. Vs. Army (2/20): Went 3-for-4 plus a walk with a double, run, and four RBIs in collegiate debut. At Lafayette (4/6): Had a bases-clearing double, three runs, four RBIs, and a stolen base in a 20-12 win. Michigan State (4/10 G1): Went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Bucknell (4/19) & at Rutgers (4/22, 4/24): Hit 5-for-10 for the week, getting hits in all three games he played, hitting his first collegiate home run and tying for the team lead with five RBIs for the week to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors ... Hit 2-for-4 with a double and his third four-RBI game of the season against Bucknell ... Helped lead the Lions past Rutgers in the series finale going 2-for-3 with his first home run and two runs scored ... Effort against Bucknell started five-game hitting streak that extended with a double against Kent State (4/27) and a single against Maryland (4/29). No. 10 TCU (5/7-8): Started all three games, including a doubleheader, and singled in each game ... Tallied RBIs in the series opening and closing games. At Nebraska (5/13): Hit 2-for-5 with a run and RBI in a 7-4 victory.
2015 CUBA TRIP
Played in two games and started one, throwing out the lone runner that attempted to steal on him ... Started the second game of the tournament against Ciego de ¡vila, the defending champions of the Cuban National Series ... Entered tournament finale at Matanzas.
Four-year starter for head coach Mike Dickey at Punxsutawney and Greg Kinneman coached his travel baseball team (Chandler World) ... Punxsutawney High School career leader in hits (109), doubles (35), triples (7) and RBIs (88) ... Named a 2014 first team All-State selection and a 2013 second-team All-State selection ... Two-time Northern Allegheny League Big School Player of the Year ... Perfect Game High honorable mention All-American selection as a junior and senior ... Perfect Game first team All-Atlantic Region as a senior ... Three-time Central Penn League All-Star ... Northern Allegheny League Big School All-Star ... Three-time team MVP ... Batted .448 with three home runs, 27 RBIs, 17 extra base hits and 18 Runs while going 6-2 with a 0.72 ERA as a senior ... Batted .524 with 22 RBIs and 18 runs scored as a junior ... Ranked No. 251 nationally and No. 9 in Pennsylvania by Perfect Game ... Achieved high honor roll all four years ... Earned Rotary Youth Leadership Award in 2014 ... Little League Volunteer Umpire and Challenger League Buddy.
Full name is Ryan James Sloniger ... Born on March 20, 1997 in Punxsutawney, Pa. ... Parents are Jim and Sandy Sloniger ... Has an older sister, Mary ... Majors in broadcast journalism.