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May 13, 2014
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As his freshman year comes to a close, Penn State shortstop Jim Haley thought about his first season of college baseball and admits that much of it has taken him by surprise.
For starters, he never thought the school he grew up rooting for would end up recruiting him, and he certainly never thought he'd become a starting college shortstop so quickly into his career either.
However, that's exactly how the year has played out for Haley, as the Upper Darby native has started 38 of the Nittany Lions 46 games, including each of the last 32.
"My friends in high school would always joke around about how cool it would be if Penn State recruited me and it was a shock to me when they did," Haley said. "I didn't expect to be starting. I wanted to come in and put the work in and it's paid off for me."
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