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AS A JUNIOR IN 2014: Tied for the team-lead with 49 starts and 50 appearances ... Placed first on the team with 10 stolen bases, second with 26 runs scored and third with 17 RBIs ... Recorded his first hit of the season at Gardner-Webb in the second game of a doubleheader on Feb. 16, stealing a base and driving in a run in the process ... Went 1-for-2 with two RBIs at USF on Feb. 22 ... Posted a career-high four hits in five at-bats vs. Hofstra on March 2 ... Crossed the plate three times and tallied a single at Saint Mary's on March 9 ... Batted 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases vs. NYIT on March 18 ... Scored three runs and stole two bases vs. NYIT on March 19 ... Had a 3-for-4 outing with an RBI vs. Bucknell in the first game of a doubleheader on March 22 ... Drove in a career-high four runs in a 2-for-4 performance vs. Youngstown State on April 1 ... Put two runs across with a single vs. Illinois on April 19 ... Went 2-for-4 against the Illini on April 20 ... Posted three singles in four at-bats in the first game of a doubleheader at Minnesota on April 26 ... Went 2-for-3 in the season finale vs. Michigan State on May 17, driving in a run, roping a double and crossing the plate once ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013: Started all 38 games he played in during his sophomore season ... Batted .250 for the year with 32 hits ... Tied for third on the team in RBIs with 18 ... Second on the squad in on-base percentage, recording an average of .383 ... Placed third in slugging percentage with a mark of .320 ... Ranked third on Penn State for steals with five ... Led the Nittany Lions in walks, drawing 30 free passes ... First on the squad in sacrifice flies with four ... Laid down seven sacrifice bunts, the second-most on the team ... Second on the team in fielding assists with 116 ... Opened the season with a run, an RBI, a walk and two sacrifices, including a sacrifice fly, in the win over East Tennessee State on Feb. 15 ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against East Tennessee State on Feb. 16 ... Had a 2-for-4 performance with a walk at Liberty on Feb. 23 ... Hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and added a walk versus Liberty on Feb. 24 ... Recorded his first three-hit performance of his career in the win over Stephen F. Austin on March 1 ... Batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk and his first stolen base of his career in the 3-0 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on March 3 ... Went 1-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and a sacrifice fly versus Houston on March 6 ... Hit his first home run in his career to drive in two runs and score a run in the 9-3 win over Houston Baptist on March 8 ... Combined to go 5-for-9, including a double, with four runs scored in the doubleheader against Houston Baptist on March 9 ... Stole a career-high two bases in the second game of a doubleheader at Temple on March 17 ... Recorded a hit in each of the three games in the series versus Indiana from March 22-23, with two singles and a double and two walks, while scoring a run ... Went 1-for-3 and added a run, an RBI and a walk against Pittsburgh on March 27 ... Drew three walks and scored a run versus Wright State on April 5 ... Recorded two singles and a walk and scored a run against Kent State on April 9 ... Doubled in a run and added a walk against Michigan on April 13 ... Batted in two runs, scored a run, drew three walks and stole a base in the extra inning win over Bucknell on April 10 ... Hit a double to pick up an RBI and scored a run at Iowa on April 20 ... Doubled to drive in two runs and crossed home to score a run and added a walk in the series finale versus Iowa on April 21 ... Went 2-for-4 at Ohio State on April 27.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012: Appeared in 14 games with four starts ... Made collegiate debut as the starting shortstop against UNC-Greensboro on Feb. 26 ... Tallied first career run on March 17 against East Carolina ... Recorded a season-high of two RBIs, as well as his first career hit, as a starter against Coppin State on March 28 ... Posted second consecutive start, this time as the second basemen, on April 4 against Binghamton, seeing the plate four times and tallying four putouts ... Scored a run in two consecutive games against Ohio State on April 28 and 29.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman at Sayre High School, led team to PIAA State Playoff appearances and District Championships as a freshman, sophomore, and junior ... Honored as the Coaches All-League Most Valuable Player as a senior ... Named to Coaches All-League first team as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... Claimed The Daily Review All-Region first team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Honored with The Daily Review Gold Glove Shortstop award as a junior and senior ... Batted .490 with 15 RBI as a senior after batting .500 with 30 RBI as a junior ... Recorded a 2.80 ERA as a senior ... Also lettered in soccer, football, and basketball ... Named a National High School Soccer Coaches of America Region II All-American in soccer and was named in ESPN "The Rise" Magazine as one of "The 40 best players in PA" ... Honored as a second team All-State kicker as a senior by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers ... Finished with 1,276 career points and was named the Coaches All-League Most Valuable Player his senior year in basketball ... Named a 2010-11 Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist ... Honored as the 2010-11 PIAA District IV Outstanding Male Athlete ... Member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Full name is Taylor Skerpon ... Born March 22, 1993 in Sayre, Pa. ... Parents are Donnie and Robbin Skerpon ... Has a brother, Luke, and a sister, Elyse ... Father, Donnie, participated in the pole vault as a member of the Penn State track and field team ... Brother, Luke, graduated from Penn State in 2012 and was the piccolo section leader of the Blue Band ... Majoring in accounting and minoring in economics.
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