The Nittany Lions' 5-1 record in Big Ten play is the program's best start since the 2001 season
Rob Cooper picked up his first win in Happy Valley of his career on Tuesday evening in the 7-3 victory
The Nittany Lions had seven batters record at least one hit in Thursday's game
Penn State returns a multitude of starters for the 2014 season
Nittany Lions Return Coates, Coban, Farkes and Kendall in 2014
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2012)
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Started 53-of-54 games played, holding a batting average of .258 and a slugging percentage of .311 ... Led the team with 10 stolen bases ... Opened the season by posting two RBIs and a double against Seton Hall on Feb. 17 ... Kicked off an eight-game hit streak where he produced three runs, two RBIs, two doubles and a triple over the stretch ... Produced six hits and scored two runs in the Samford series from March 3-5 ... Scored two runs and went 2-for-4 in the win over Pitt on March 21 ... Went 3-for-5 against Big Ten foe Indiana on March 24, recording a double and scoring two runs in the walk-off win ... Stole two bases against Coppin State on March 28 and earned an RBI in the victory ... Racked up three hits for two RBIs and two runs at Purdue on April 1 ... Recorded two RBIs, two runs and a triple April 4 against Binghamton ... Came away from the Canisius sweep from April 6-8 with one hit, three RBIs and two runs ... Stole his fourth base of the season against Michigan on April 14, beginning a three-game streak with at least one stolen base, and tallied a season-high three runs ... Had stellar back-to-back Big Ten series, recording five hits with a double and a run against Iowa from April 20-22 and notching three hits, three runs from and a stolen base at Minnesota from May 4-6 ... Went 3-for-4 in the 6-5 win over Michigan State on May 18, ending the contest with one run, two doubles and a stolen base ... Aided the Lions in the Big Ten Tournament with five hits, an RBI, a double and a stolen base.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Redshirt season.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Stellar freshman season, capped off by inclusion on two postseason Big Ten teams - All-Big Ten third team and All-Freshman squad unanimous selection ... Finished season second on the team with a .355 average in 46 games ... Drove in 37 runs, third most on the team ... Second on the team with 12 stolen bases ... Finished with four triples ... Impressed in conference play, hitting .419 with 21 RBI and eight stolen bases ... Recorded multiple hits in 13 of his 21 conference starts ... Memorable collegiate debut against Cincinnati on Feb. 26 included a 2-for-5 performance with a game-tying, two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning ... Posted two hits with an RBI and two runs on March 5 against McNeese State ... Went 1-for-3 with a walk, double, two RBI and a run against Dallas Baptist on March 6 ... Was 2-for-3 in the series finale at Texas A&M on March 10 ... Had a multi-hit game at Texas State on March 14, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored, while driving in the game-tying run ... Hit a three-run double against Columbia on March 20 ... Impressed against Kent State on March 31, going 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and three RBI ... Finished 2-for-5 with two stolen bases at Illinois on April 2 in first-ever Big Ten game ... Had a multi-hit and multi-RBI game at Illinois on April 3, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored ... Finished 2-for-4 with a run scored versus Northwestern on April 11 ... Was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored against No. 24 Pitt on April 13 ... Had a seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 31-Apr. 13 with 12 hits in that span ... Reached base three times via two hits and a walk against the Buckeyes on April 24, scoring twice and stealing a base ... Recorded four hits at Ohio State on April 25 ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on May 3 after hitting .632 in four games ... Had four hits in opener versus Iowa on May 7 ... Recorded three hits with three RBIs in series opener at Minnesota on May 14 ... Went 3-for-5 in season finale against Michigan on May 22.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter on the West Chester East baseball team ... Named team captain for final two seasons ... All-League and All-Area accolades sophomore to senior year ... Voted 2008 West Chester East Offensive MVP ... Capped off career by being named an All-Southeastern PA honoree and Daily Local Area Player of the Year ... Squad finished 18-4 in winning the league and division titles ... Reached the state semifinals as a sophomore and senior ... Finished with stellar batting averages of .410 as a sophomore, .495 as a junior and .550 as a senior ... Also a member of the All Star Baseball Academy, finishing third in the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, Fla.
PERSONAL: Full name is Steven Edward Snyder ... Born on October 23, 1990 in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Parents are Scott and Cathy Snyder ... Has two brothers ... Majoring in accounting.