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Season: Led the team in strikeouts with 66 and posted a 5-6 record over 67 1/3 innings with a 3.74 ERA, which ranked second among Penn State starters … Started 13 of 14 appearances … Limited opponents to two earned runs or less in nine of 14 appearances; Pitched at least five innings in nine of last 10 appearances. Army (2/20): Pitched six innings in his season debut and first career start, only giving up one earned run while striking out a career-high eight to earn his first career win. Niagara (3/19) Threw five scoreless innings in his one relief appearance and punched out five to earn his second win of the season. Purdue (4/2): Pitched a career high 7 1/3 innings, only allowing two runs and striking out seven to earn the win. Northwestern (4/16): Struck out five or more batters for a sixth straight game, registering six punchouts … Held Wildcats to one run on four hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings to earn fourth win of the season. Maryland (4/30): Threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out three to pick up his fifth win in a combined shutout … It was Penn State’s first shutout in a Big Ten game since May 17, 2013 against Michigan State (9-0) and its third combined shutout of the season … No. 10 TCU (5/7): Allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings … At Nebraska (5/14), Iowa (5/20 G1): Struck out six and pitched five innings in final starts of the season … yielded three runs to the Huskers and one to Iowa.
2015 CUBA TRIP
Started second game of the Cuba Baseball Friendship Tournament against Cuban National Series defending champions Ciego de ¡vila … Allowed one run on three hits and a walk … Led Penn State pitchers for the week with four strikeouts.
Awards: Big Ten Baseball Co-Freshman of the Week (3/16-23). Season: Bullpen leader on the team in ERA (2.62) amongst those with more than five innings pitched and in strikeouts (31) … Tied for second on the team in appearances with 18 along with Marko Boricich and Jared Fagnano … Saved three games in consecutive outings … Second amongst relievers with 34.1 innings pitched … Did not allow a run in six consecutive appearances (3/18-4/5). At Elon (2/14 G1): Made debut in second game of the season, not allowing an earned run and striking out one in one inning. At No. 23 Texas A&M: Pitched a season-high 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run and striking out two. Canisius (3/18): Struck out the side in one inning of work … Began streak of six scoreless appearances. No. 21 Indiana (3/22): Continued strikeout dominance resulting in nine consecutive strikeouts dating back to Canisius game … Entered the first game against No. 21 Indiana in the eighth inning with a runner on third base, two outs and a tie score … Struck out that batter and the next five he faced, ultimately pitching through the 11th inning and not yielding a run … Matched season-high for innings pitched at 3 1/3 … For the week, posted a line of 4 1/3 innings pitched, one hit, no runs allowed, three walks and nine strikeouts to earn Big Ten Baseball Co-Freshman of the Week honors (3/16-23). Villanova (3/25) & Central Connecticut State (3/27, 29): Earned saves in three consecutive appearances, totaling four innings pitched and five strikeouts while yielding just two hits and two hit batsmen. At Ohio State (4/6): Matched season-high for third time with 3 1/3 innings pitched. Michigan (4/11): Held Wolverines scoreless over 2 2/3 innings. Illinois (4/26): Matched season-high of 3 1/3 innings for fourth time. At Michigan State (5/10): Struck out two in scorless 1 1/3 inning appearance.
Three-year letterwinner at Hazleton Area High School under head coach Gino Cara … Team captain and team MVP as a junior and senior … Earned first team all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior … Posted a 1.71 ERA as a senior, adding 42 strikeouts … Hit .445 for his career … Played summer ball for the Evoshield Canes, Moosic Mets and the Rays scout team … Lettered four years in basketball, finishing his career as the school's all-time leading scorer and earning all-state honors as a senior.
Full name is Sal Nicholas Biasi … Born on Sept. 30, 1995 in Wilkes Barre, Pa. … Parents are Tina and Marty Biasi … Has two younger brothers, Dante, a freshman on the Penn State baseball team, and Nick … Majoring in biobehavioral health.