Nittany Lions host Scarlet Knights in first meeting as Big Ten opponents
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2013, 2014) BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR (2014)
2015 (SENIOR YEAR) Appeared in 35 games, including 18 starts, with 16 in the outfield and two at DP... Batted .259 (14-for-54) with 14 hits, 14 runs, a double, a triple and four RBI... Three stolen bases... Two multi-hit games… Triple, two runs and an RBI vs. LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 7)… 2-for-2 with a double and a run vs. Georgia Tech (Feb. 7)… 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI vs. Fordham (Feb. 27)… 3-for-5 with a run scored vs. No. 20 Missouri (Feb. 27)… 1-for-3 with an RBI at Pacific (Mar. 10)… 1-for-2 with an RBI vs. Bucknell (Apr. 1)… Scored on pinch-run appearances vs. Wisconsin (Apr. 4), Indiana (Apr. 12), Maryland (Apr. 17) and Rutgers (Apr. 26).
2014 (JUNIOR YEAR) Appeared in 39 games, making 27 starts in the outfield and as the designated player ... Batted .200 (12-for-60) with eight RBI ... Scored four runs ... Drove in a pair of runners twice: against Appalachian State and against Saint Francis (Apr. 2) ... Hit a double vs. Oregon State (Feb. 7) ... Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar & Academic All-Big Ten.
2013 (SOPHOMORE YEAR) Saw action in 38 games, starting four, as a pinch runner and designated hitter ... Fifth on the team in runs scored with 17 ... Notched 16 runs as a pinch runner and stole six bases ... Registered her lone hit of the season vs. Texas Tech (Feb. 16) ... Scored twice vs. Western Michigan (Mar. 8) ... Tallied one run vs. Illinois (May 9) in the Big Ten Tournament ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2012 (FRESHMAN YEAR) Logged time in 39 games, most among the freshmen, and started 15 contests ... Picked up 10 starts in right field and five in center ... Accumulated a .207 average at the plate with six hits to go along with three RBIs ... First collegiate appearance against LSU (Feb. 10) and first start against Notre Dame (Feb. 25) ... Excelled in twinbill against Ohio State (May 11), scoring two runs, notching an RBI and stealing a pair of bases while finishing 3-for-6, including a season-high two hits in the second game ... Crossed the plate nine times, while tying for second on the team with five stolen bases.
BEFORE PENN STATE Garnered Sunset League first team and Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010 coached by Rob Weil ... Four-time academic scholar-athlete at Los Alamitos ... Named Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team honorable mention ... Earned four letters in softball ... Played for the Southern California Athletics 18U Gold team coached by Bruce Richardson ... Team won the 2010 and 2011 Premier ESPN Rise National Championship while placing fourth in the 2009 ASA National Championship ... As a member of the 14U American Athletics won the 2007 ASA National Championship ... An excellent student earning the Academic Award of Excellence with three years of 4.0 GPA ... Won the Discus Award for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and community service.
PERSONAL Full name is Alicia June Walker ... Born on July 28, 1993, in Los Alamitos, Calif. ... Parents are Tim and Julie Walker ... Has one brother, Ryan ... Majoring in health policy and administration with a minor in business administration ... Plans to work in a health organization.