Nittany Lions score 11 runs on 11 hits
Kent State overcomes two home runs, five RBI's in victory
Freshman pitchers lead Penn State through Sunday doubleheader
Lions victorious in five of their last six games
Penn State bounces back from extra-inning loss, grand slam to split doubleheader
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2014)
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2014: Made 14 starts and 25 appearances ... Notched his first hit of the season at USF on Feb. 21 ... Went 2-for-3 and drove in two RBIs while scoring a run at USF on Feb. 23 ... Tied his career-high with three hits in a 3-for-3 performance at Ohio State on April 13, hitting two doubles, stealing a base, driving in a run and crossing the plate twice ... Went 1-for-3 in three-straight games at Villanova on May 13 and in both games of a doubleheader against Michigan State on May 16 ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors.
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN IN 2013: Earned 20 starts and played in 23 games during his rookie season ... Opened the year with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate and added two runs, a walk and a stolen base in the win over East Tennessee State on Feb. 15 ... Went 2-for-5, driving in and scoring a run in the victory at Houston Baptist on March 8 ... Singled and scored twice versus Houston Baptist on March 9 ... Recorded three hits, a double and two singles, and scored a run at Purdue on March 30 ... Went 1-for-3 in the 7-4 win over La Salle ... Drove in a career-high three runs off a double and single at Ohio State on April 27 ... Recorded a single and RBI at Akron on May 7 ... Singled and drew a walk, while scoring a run at Illinois on May 12.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012: Appeared in one game before redshirting his freshman season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman led Eastern York High School to the State Semifinals as a junior ... Led team to PIAA State Playoffs as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Helped Eastern York to a District Championship as a junior ... Named to YAIAA First Team as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Honored as League MVP as a sophomore ... Also lettered three years in basketball, where he helped his team to the state tournament his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... District Champions in 2011 and State Semifinalist in 2010 ... Named to honor roll all four years at Eastern York.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ryky Smith ... Born on November 25, 1992 in York, Pa. ... Parents are Ryk and Patty Smith ... Has one brother, Matt, and one sister, Carly ... Father, Ryk, played baseball at Frederick Community College ... Sister, Carly, graduated from Penn State in 2012 ... Majoring in communications arts and sciences.