Nittany Lions Sign Seven to 2013 Recruiting Class
Nov. 20, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State baseball program has received seven National Letters of Intent during the early fall signing period, as announced Tuesday by head coach Robbie Wine. The newest class of Nittany Lions, six of whom are from Pennsylvania, includes three pitchers, two infielders, a catcher and an outfielder.
"The staff and I are very pleased with this year's class and the level of talent these student-athletes bring to our program," said Wine. “This was an important class for us; it's certainly exciting to sign such a quality combination of hitters and pitchers. We look forward to having them on campus next fall.”
The Lions' recruiting class features two right-handed pitchers, Schuyler Bates (Ossining, NY) and Tom Mullin (Springfield), in addition to left-hander, Seth Wagner (Burnham). The four position players include infielder and outfielder Jake Pribanic (North Huntington), infielder Jim Haley (Upper Darby), catcher Steve Robinson (Reading) and outfielder Nick Riotto (Washington).
“Not only are they a skillful group of baseball players, they're quality individuals,” said Wine. “We're thrilled they've joined the Penn State family. Coach Eric Folmar and Coach Jason Bell did a great job this off-season assembling such a promising group of student-athletes.”
The 2013 Penn State baseball season is quickly approaching, as Penn State opens its regular season on Friday, February 15 with a three-game series at East Tennessee State. In addition to a 24-game Big Ten Conference schedule, the Lions play a very competitive non-conference schedule including games against Pittsburgh, St. Joseph's, Wright State, and Temple.
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PSU Baseball's 2013 Recruiting Class
Three-year starter for Bob Fletcher at Kennedy Catholic High School... Posted a .96 ERA for his career... Two-time All-League and All-Section in 2011 and 2012... Helped lead Kennedy Catholic to League Title last three years... Team captain in 2011, 2012 and 2013... Plays summer and fall ball for Tri-State Arsenal under Coach Bob Barth.
Coaches on Bates: “Schuyler is a talented right-handed pitcher who has good velocity and huge upside on the mound. He has a lot of talent and comes from a family of baseball players; his father played in the Braves' organization and his brother was drafted in the 15th round.”
Plays for Joe DeBarbarie at Monsignor Bonner High School...1st Team All-Delco and All-Catholic League... Named to the 2012 WWBA 17U All-Tournament Team…Played in the Carpenter Cup Classic for Catholic League... Football MVP of Catholic League as a junior... Plays summer ball for Philly Bandits under Coach Dave Amaro.
Coaches on Haley: “Jim is a great all-around athlete and can do a little bit of everything. He is a very good defensive infielder and can really swing the bat. He's a natural leader and plays the game the right way.”
Plays for Joe Falcone at St. Joseph's Prep... Named to the All-Catholic League Team... Won five of his team’s twelve wins as a junior…Participated in Carpenter Cup Classic for Catholic League… Plays summer ball for Philly Bandits under Coach Dave Amaro.
Coaches on Mullin: “Tom is very athletic pitcher who loves to compete and who throws from a sidearm delivery. He has a great deal of deception and has command of both his fastball and slider.”
Three-year starter for Coach Mike Liebdzinski at Norwin High School... Posted a combined .411 avg. and 71 RBI over his career...All-Section selection... Team captain in 2012 and 2013... Plays summer and fall ball for Mid-Atlantic Canes under Coach Bob Gantz.
Coaches on Pribanic: “Jake is a good left-handed hitter who has a tremendous work ethic and great passion for the game of baseball. He has the ability to play in both the infield and outfield.”
Three-year starter for Scott Henson at Trinity High School... Posted a .425 avg. and 67 RBI over his career... Named 1st Team All-Section last three years... Three-year Observer-Reporter All-Area Team... Team captain in 2012 and 2013... Plays summer ball for Steel City Wildcats under Coach Mark Saghy…Plays fall ball for Allegheny Pirates under Coach Fred Albert.
Coaches on Riotto: “Nick is a very talented player who can play all three positions in the outfield. He has the quickness to play center, as well as the arm for the corners. He is another one of our left-handed hitters who we feel will be outstanding offensively.”
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Plays for Fred Hilliard at Malvern Prep... Helped lead his high school team to 31-5 record and an Independent School State Championship... Two-time Perfect Game Rawlings Pre-Season All-American... Member of the inaugural Big 26 Team...Plays summer and fall ball for Grand Slam Bluerocks under Coach Todd Louviaux... President of National Honor Society.
Coaches on Robinson: “Steve plays the game with an incredible amount of energy. He is a very good defensive catcher who can also switch hit. He is very intelligent behind the plate and does a great job of handling pitchers.”
Plays for Travis Zook at Mifflin County High School... Posted an 8-0 record and four saves with 66 strikeouts in 50 innings over last two seasons... Outstanding basketball player at Mifflin who won the Rothrock/Webber award... Plays summer and fall ball for Flood City under Coach Rick Roberts.
Coaches on Wagner: “Seth is big, athletic pitcher with a lot of talent and upside. He has a good fastball and slider that can get hitters out. Despite his already impressive numbers, he's continues to get better and better each time on the mound.”