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Nittany Lions looking to start conference play on winning note
Nittany Lion outfielders must protect their islands throughout the season according to White
Nittany Lions open 2013 season at East Tennessee State on Feb. 15
Penn State opens the 2013 with three games at East Tennessee State
Penn State Student-Athletes Earn NCAA and Big Ten Titles and High Graduation Rates During Outstanding 2011-12
Nittany Lions Place 12th in Directors' Cup Standings; Post 88 Percent Graduation Rate
Photos from Penn State's Big Ten Tournament contest with Nebraska
BIG TEN ALL-ROOKIE TEAM (2009)
AS A JUNIOR IN 2011: One of only three players to start all 54 games for the Nittany Lions ... Anchored third base and the heart of the batting order throughout the season ... Led the team and finished third in the Big Ten with 57 RBI ... Also ranked second in the conference with five triples and fifth with eight home runs and a .544 slugging percentage ... Knocked in at least two runs on 14 occasions, which was the highest total on the team ... Kicked off the season with a seven-game hitting streak, highlighted by a 3-for-4 effort against Eastern Kentucky on February 26 when he scored twice and blasted his first home run of the season ... Drove in three runs against Old Dominion on March 9 and equaled that feat just three days later against Norfolk State after going 4-for-4 with a double in the first game of a doubleheader against the Spartans ... Continued his hot streak with two more hits in the nightcap against Norfolk State before wrapping up the series with a double and home run on March 13 ... Kept his power surge going with a bomb against No. 26 Wichita State on March 20 before crushing two against Le Moyne on March 25 ... Also added four RBI, two runs scored, and a double against the Dolphins ... Did more damage against Le Moyne in the series finale after going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI on March 27 ... Capped off an incredible 3-6-5 triple play on April 2 against Illinois, which earned the top spot on the Big Ten Network's Plays of the Week ... Had one of his finest offensive efforts of the season the following day against the Illini ... Drove in a season-high six runs and scored twice while going 3-for-5 with a home run during a crucial victory against Illinois ... That performance kicked off a season-best nine game hitting streak, highlighted by six multi-hit efforts ... Added three hits, three RBI, and three runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader against Northwestern on April 9 before scoring three more times in the nightcap ... Posted five hits and five RBI during the Purdue series from April 15-17 ... Collected another three-hit game during the series finale against Michigan State on May 1 after roping his fourth triple of the season one day earlier ... Fired two hits in back-to-back games on May 10 and 11, including his seventh home run of the season against Pittsburgh in front of his hometown crowd in the Steel City ... Wrapped up the regular season with three hits, three runs scored, two RBI, and a home run in a victory over Michigan on May 21, which helped clinch a Big Ten Tournament berth for Penn State ... Scored a run in both playoff games and added a base hit against Minnesota on May 26 ... Selected in the 30th round by the Houston Astros in the major league draft.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Strong sophomore campaign, hitting .297 with seven home runs and 44 RBI, both career-highs ... Started every inning of all 52 games at third base ... His 111 total bases are good for ninth in single-season school history while the RBI total stands just outside the top 10 ... Led all Big Ten third basemen in RBI ... Tied for the team lead with 16 doubles, tied for sixth on the Penn State all-time list ... Strong series to close season vs. Michigan (5/20-22), going a combined 5-for-14 with two doubles and three RBI. Among those hits was a clutch bases loaded walk-off single in the middle game of the series To see video of the single, please click here ... Went 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in series finale against Iowa (5/9) ... Huge weekend vs. Michigan State, going 8-for-15 (.533) with three doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored ... Went 3-for-6 on both Friday (4/30) and Saturday (5/1) while finishing 2-for-3 on Sunday (5/2). Tied a career-high with four RBI Saturday ... Tied a career-high with four hits (and six at-bats) vs. Duquense (4/20) ... Opened series at Purdue (4/16) going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI ... Tied a career-high with two doubles vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh (4/13) ... Had a hit in all three games vs. Northwestern (4/9-11), highlighted by a three-run homer in the opener. Finished weekend with five RBI and three runs scored ... Went 1-for-3 against Bucknell (4/6) with a career-high two stolen bases along with two walks to tie a career-best ... Reached base safely in all six plate appearances at Illinois (4/2), finishing 4-for-4 with four runs scored to tie a career-high in both categories. Had a double and home run, his second straight game with a long ball ... Hit fourth home run of season and drove in two against Kent State (3/31). The long ball marked his 100th-career hit ... Went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Game Two of a doubleheader vs. Hofstra (3/27) ... Hit third home run of season in home opener against Hofstra (3/26). Finished 3-for-4 in that contest ... Monster weekend at Coca-Cola Classic, highlighted by effort vs. Winthrop (3/20) - 3-for-4 with two walks, two doubles, RBI and career-high four runs ... Also had three hits in the weekend opener against Kent State (3/19), going 3-for-4 with two runs scored ... Had two consecutive two-hit games to open the series at Texas State (3/12-13), finishing 2-for-4 then 2-for-5, respectively ... Hit second home run in as many days in the fourth inning at Lamar (3/7) ... Hit first home run of the season to drive in two against Dallas Baptist (3/6) ... Exploded for three hits (in five at-bats) with two RBI and runs scored vs. McNeese State (3/5). Also stole first base of the season ... Went 2-for-6 with a double, RBI and run scored vs. Seton Hall (2/27). He doubled to open the bottom of the 13th and scored on Eramo's walk-off single.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2009: Had an outstanding freshman season, leading the team in most every major statistical category: average (.365), hits (70), home runs (6), RBI (42) and total bases (103) ... Was also tied for the team-lead with 192 at-bats and 39 runs scored ... The average was good for 10th best in the Big Ten ... Had nine doubles and three triples, good for the second-most extra base hits on the squad (18) ... Posted two double-digit hit streaks, including one of 18 games (from Mar. 21 to Apr. 17), tied for fourth longest in program history. Had an incredible 33 hits in that span ... Also had hits in 28 of 29 games extending to May 9 ... Finished with at least one hit in an incredible 40 of his 49 games on the season ... Also had 22 multiple-hit games ... The 70 total hits was a school record for a freshman ... Named a Third Team All-Big Ten performer ... Went 1-for-4 with a run and RBI in the season-finale against #21 Minnesota (5/16) ... Hit a solo home run in the series-opener against the Golden Gophers (5/14) ... Went 3-for-6 with two runs scored at Iowa (5/9) ... Was one of five Nittany Lions to homer a day earlier against the Hawkeyes (5/8) ... Went 1-for-4 for the second straight day with an RBI and run scored at Michigan State (5/3) ... Doubled and scored a day prior against the Spartans (5/2) ... Was the only Lion with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 in the series-opener (5/1) ... Monster game, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored vs. La Salle (4/29) ... Was the only Lion with multiple hits against Illinois (4/25), finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored ... Hit fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, to pull Penn State within 3-2 in game two of a doubleheader at Indiana (4/18) ... Extended hitting streak to 18 games via a double a day earlier (4/17) ... Was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run vs. Mount St. Mary's (4/15) ... Doubled and scored in the series-finale vs. Purdue (4/12) ... Finished 3-for-5 with a career-high three runs scored a day prior (4/11) ... Monster game against Bucknell (4/8), reaching base all six times behind four hits and a career-high two walks. Was 4-for-4 (second-consecutive four-hit game) with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored ... Posted a career-high four hits in six at-bats with a double, home run, four RBI and two runs at Michigan (4/5) ... Finished 2-for-4 with a walk and run in game one of a doubleheader against the Wolverines (4/4) ... Had a hit, RBI and run scored vs. Bucknell (3/31) ... Impressed in huge win over #16 Ohio State (3/29), posting third straight two-hit game (2-for-4) along with two RBI, three runs and a walk ... Was the only Penn State player with multiple hits a day prior (3/28), going 2-for-4 while stealing third base of the season ... Started series 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored ... Scorched a hit, two RBI and a run scored at Temple (3/25) ... Hit a huge fourth-inning grand slam - the first of his career - at Kent State (3/24) to propel the Nittany Lions to a 9-2 victory. Finished 2-for-5 with a run scored to go with those career-high four RBI ... Was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored against NYIT (3/21) which began a career-high hitting streak that reached 18 games ... Swiped a base in the series-opening 4-2 win (3/20) ... Reached base three times behind a walk, single and double, while driving in a run in the series-finale vs. Rutgers (3/15) ... Finished with a hit, RBI and first-career stolen base in the series-opener against the Scarlet Knights (3/13) ... Posted a pair of hits and runs scored against Florida Gulf Coast (3/11) ... Went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI a day prior (3/10) ... Was 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against Saint Joseph's (3/8) ... Earlier that day, finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run against Lehigh ... Only hit vs. Akron (3/7) was a triple to go with a run and two RBI ... Drove in both Lion runs behind a 2-for-3 effort in the series opener at #4 Texas (2/27) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and run against Seton Hall (2/22) ... Doubled and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in first-collegiate action against St. John's (2/20) in the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge.
HIGH SCHOOL: Collected over 100 hits, 16 home runs, 20 doubles, 80 RBI and 25 stolen bases at Mt. Lebanon ... Blue Devil team won a WPIAL Title in 2006 ... Named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's All-Star South Team all three years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jordan Doyle Steranka ... Born on November 14, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Parents are Mark and Sarah Steranka, both Penn State alumni ... Has two brothers, Justin (25) and Jared (23) ... Justin was Co-MVP of the Division III NCAA Championship-winning Marietta College baseball team ... Majoring in criminal law with a business option.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because of its prestigious academics and outstanding athletics. Penn State is also the place where I have the most opportunity to grow as a baseball player through its extraordinary facilities and coaching staff."
GETTING TO KNOW JORDAN
Major & Why: Criminal Law, Business Option
Favorite Thing About Penn State: The rich traditions in athletics
Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park: The playing surface and locker room
Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Alex Rodriguez
Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Football
Favorite Athletic Memory at Penn State: Going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI at the University of Texas last year
Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): Roger Federer
Favorite Pro Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Myron Cope
Favorite Musical Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV Show: Lost
Favorite Website: eBay
Favorite Food: Baby Back Ribs
Hobbies: DJing, music, working out
Childhood Idol: Ken Griffey Jr.
Place I'd Like To Visit: Caribbean Islands
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Donate most of it and buy my parents new cars
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Continue to play baseball for as long as I can