Photos from Penn State's Big Ten Tournament contest with Nebraska
AS A RS-JUNIOR IN 2012: Played and started in 53 games, holding a .943 fielding percentage at shortstop and ending the season with 41 hits and 14 RBIs ... Opened the season with an RBI against Seton Hall on Feb. 17 ... Collected two stolen bases in a three-game series against Samford (March 3-5), as well as four hits and two runs ... Came away from the Mississippi State series (March 6-7) with one run, one hit, two RBIs and a double ... Posted his best game of the East Carolina Series on March 18, recording a run, two hits, two RBIs, a double and a stolen base ... On March 24, produced an extra inning, walk-off RBI single to give Penn State a 4-3 victory over Indiana ... Ended the Hoosiers series with three hits after going 2-for-2 on March 25 ... Came away from the Purdue series (March 30-April 1) with two runs, four hits and a double, and additionally began a seven-game hit streak ... Collected four runs, four RBIs and three doubles during the seven-game stretch ... Recorded two runs, three hits, three RBIs and two doubles in three games against Canisius, posting a double, two runs and two RBIs on April 6 alone ... Had a triple on April 13 against Michigan ... Collected two hits, an RBI, a double and a run against Mount St. Mary's on April 24. ... Posted an eight-game hit streak from April 28 to May 12, recording four runs, an RBI, four doubles and four stolen bases during the stretch ... Hit a season-high of two doubles against Minnesota on May 5, as well as earned an RBI ... Went 2-for-3 on May 18 against Michigan State, recording an RBI and a run.
AS A RS-SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Started 49 games during his sophomore campaign, splitting time between second base and shortstop ... Recorded three hits, including a pair of doubles, to go along with three RBI and a run scored during the final two games of the Eastern Kentucky series ... Chipped in with a hit and run against N.C. State on March 4 and during the second game of a doubleheader against the Wolfpack the following afternoon ... Collected a pair of hits in both games against Old Dominion on March 8 and 9 ... Knocked in two against Norfolk State on March 13 and later added a 3-for-3 effort with two runs scored and a triple against the Spartans during the final game of the series ... Went 2-for-5 with a run scored against No. 26 Wichita State on March 20 ... Had an outstanding series against Le Moyne, posting five hits, including a triple, during the three games ... Found a groove at the end of the season, posting at least one hit in 11 of his last 15 contests ... Started that roll with a double and two runs scored against Bucknell on April 27 ... Added a double against Niagara on May 10 and went 2-for-3 with a walk against Minnesota on May 13 ... Posted his final multi-hit effort of the year against Michigan on May 20 after going 2-for-5 ... Notched a hit in both contests during the Big Ten Tournament.
AS A RS-FRESHMAN IN 2010: Impressive rookie season, finishing fourth on the team with a .341 average in 45 games (41 starts) ... One of two Penn State outfielders named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Drove in 20 runs while scoring 34 ... Third on the team with nine stolen bases ... Versatile in starting 14 games at second base, 25 in right field and two in left ... Recorded 17 multi-hit games, including 10 in conference play ... Collegiate debut came against Cincinnati on Feb. 26 as a late-game pinch-runner ... Had an RBI single in first-career plate appearance at Texas A&M on March 9 ... Posted first career two-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored at Texas State (March 13) ... Strong home-opening series against Hofstra (March 26-28) featured two consecutive multi-hit games with five total hits, three walks and three stolen bases ... Had three hits, including his first-career double, with a stolen base and two runs scored at Illinois on April 3 ... Went 3-for-4 to tie a career-high with an RBI and two runs on April 6 against Bucknell ... Had two consecutive two-hit games at Purdue (April 17-18) ... Went 2-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored against Duquesne on April 20 ... Posted a 17-game hitting streak from March 27 to April 21, eighth longest in school history ... ... Tied a Penn State hit record (5) at Ohio State on April 24, finishing 5-for-6 with career-high three runs scored ... Hit .467 (7-for-15) against Michigan State (April 30-May 2), including four hits on Friday ... Reached base safely in 25 consecutive games, ending against Iowa on May 7 ... Led off the game with a triple at Minnesota on May 16 ... Had a pair of two-hit games in final series against Michigan on May 20 and 22, while doubling in each of those contests.
AS A R-FRESHMAN IN 2010: Redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starting shortstop at Lewistown where he led the Panthers' offense junior and senior seasons with a .407 average and .679 slugging percentage ... Squad won the 2007 PIAA District VI AAA championship and 2008 Central Penn League title ... A two-time All-Star in both the Mountain Athletic Conference and Central Penn League ... Also pitched at Lewistown, earning a complete game victory in the 2007 PIAA state playoffs as squad advanced to the state quarterfinals ... Multi-sport athlete, lettering for four years in basketball and starting for two seasons ... Scored 1,115 career points to rank ninth on the school's all-time scoring list ... Was the 2008 recipient of the Harry Rothrock/Dick Webber Award as best male basketball player in Mifflin County ... Selected in 2008 to participate in both the Altoona Curve Baseball Classic and the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic.
PERSONAL: Full name is Elliot Ross Searer ... Born on December 14, 1989 in Lewistown, Pa. ... Parents are Timothy and Susan ... Has two sisters, Erin (27) and Emily (24) ... Father, Timothy, was a catcher for the Nittany Lions from 1974-77 ... Majoring in communications and minoring in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE:"I chose Penn State for the opportunity to receive a great education and play Division I baseball at the same time."
GETTING TO KNOW ELLIOT Nicknames: E Major & Why: Communications, minor in Business Favorite Thing About Penn State: Tradition of Athletics Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park: The playing surface/lounge Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Dustin Pedroia Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Soccer Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): Hamilton Porter Favorite Pro Team: Nationals Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Dave Burman Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z/Kanye West Favorite Movie: 12 Angry Men Favorite TV Shows: Family Guy & Flash Forward Favorite Food: Grandma's Meat Loaf Hobbies: Knitting with Lou Picconi, cup stacking, solving rubix cubes Childhood Idol: Father Place I'd Like To Visit: The moon