The Nittany Lions have a winning record after the opening weekend for the first time since 2011
Nittany Lions open 2014 at Gardner Webb on Friday, Feb. 14
Penn State closes out 2013 vs. Michigan State starting on Thursday night at 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday's contest against Kent State will be aired by BTN
Penn State will compete in its first midweek contests against the Cougars
AS A JUNIOR IN 2014: Made five starts, accumulating 22.1 total innings pitched ... Threw 8.0 innings at Gardner-Webb (Feb. 17), surrendering just two earned runs ... Worked for 6.1 innings vs. Hofstra on March 2, receiving the win.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013: Started four games and made a total of five appearances during his sophomore season ... Recorded 16.2 innings pitched ... Made his 2013 debut at East Tennessee State on Feb. 17, striking out three .... Struck out four batters in three innings against Liberty on Feb. 24 ... Capped the year off with his best performance, pitching six innings with no earned runs and striking out seven opposing hitters to get the win against Villanova on May 14.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012: Pitched three games while starting one ... Saw 4.1 innings of action ... Made collegiate debut on Feb. 24 against UNC-Greensboro, holding the opposition hitless and recording first career strikeout ... Faced Mississippi State on March 7, allowing just three hits and two earned runs ... Earned first career win on March 28 against Coppin State, seeing a season-high of 2.2 innings as a starter ... Struck out a season-best three batters with three hits and allowed one earned run ... Ended season early due to injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Tioga Central under head coach Bob Seymour ... First team All-State Pitcher his senior year ... Also named All-Region Pitcher of the Year ... Batted .537 with seven home runs ... Went 3-2 on the mound with a 1.64 ERA ... Named first team All-State as utility player his junior year ... Batted .504 with three home runs and went 5-1 on the mound with a 1.74 ERA ... 2010 All-Region Player of the Year ... Also wrestled, played football and basketball ... Member of National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Full name is Patton Taylor ... Parents are Scot and Amy Taylor ... Has seven brothers and sisters; Jackie, Alex, Mary, Isabelle, Mitchell, Stephen and Conlan ... Mother, Amy, was a gymnast at West Virginia ... Grandfather, Jim Ross, played baseball at PSU in 1953 ... Majoring in rehabilitation and human services.