|Follow PSU Softball:||Follow @PennStateSB|
Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16 | Lincoln, Nebraska
Jones earned a first team nod, while Knief earned third team honors for the second time in her career
The Nittany Lions earned a bye to the quarterfinals and will play Friday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Jones, Knief and VanDerveer all picked up first team honors for Penn State
Wednesday, Apr. 6 | at Buckeye Field | 10 a.m.
2012 UNANIMOUS ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
2011 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
Named to the NFCA All-Great Lakes and All-Big Ten First Team...Only field player to earn unanimous All-Big Ten First Team honors...Set single-season school record for batting average (.423), breaking 24-year-old mark by Nan Sichler (.413, 1988)...Set new single-season slugging percentage with .784, breaking Jennifer Tripken's 10-year-old mark of .678 (2002)...Achieved an on-base percentage of .529, second in Penn State single-season history to Sichler's .533 in 1988...Currently ranks second all-time in Penn State slugging percentage through three years at .534, just .004 off Shannon Salsburg (1995-98)...Ranks tied-6th at Penn State in career home runs (17), 10th in batting average (.330) and 11th in walks (56)...Missed 18 games due to an emergency appendectomy...Finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak, reaching base in 26 of the final 27 games of the season...Tallied 11 multi-hit games, posting a hit in 27 of 32 games played...Hit .469 in the final 27 games of the season with a slugging percentage of .889...Slammed a career-high 9 home runs and drove home 20 runs...Collected 6 doubles and a triple, while stealing 5 bases in 6 attempts...Walked 18 times, second most on the team...Scored a team-high 23 runs...Carved up the Big Ten in 24 games with a league-leading .440 average, 58 total bases and tying for first in home runs (6)...Second in hits (33) and slugging (.781), while ranking fifth in on-base percentage (.538) during Big Ten play...Named team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player...After going 0-for-3 in return from surgery at No. 20 Michigan (3/24-25), went 3-for-6 to end the series with a home run...Hit .636 (7-for-11) against Purdue (3/31-4/1) with a triple...Gathered 4 hits against Michigan State (Apr. 7-8) with 5 RBI and 2 home runs...Went on an 8-game hitting streak from Apr. 3-Apr. 21...Had 3 hits, 4 runs and 2 home runs against Indiana (Apr. 14-15)...Posted 3-for-4 afternoon at Wisconsin (Apr. 21) with a home run...Had career day in a doubleheader at Kent State (Apr. 25) going 4-for-4 with 2 home runs in Game One, 4 RBI, 4 runs scored and 3 walks, not making an out once...Had game-winning RBI against Minnesota (Apr. 28) before notching 2-run single in the 7th of Game Two, as Penn State went on to sweep the doubleheader, going 3-for-8 with 3 walks in the three-game series vs. Minnesota...Switched to shortstop at Illinois (May 5-6) due to injury on team, going 5-for-8 with 3 runs scored, 3 walks, 2 doubles and 2 stolen bases...Went 6-for-13 against Ohio State (May 11-12) with a double, 2 walks and 2 stolen bases.
Named to All-Big Ten Second Team...Started every game in the outfield, finishing second on the team in batting average (.280) and walks (19)...Led the team in at-bats (182), hits (51), doubles (15), triples (3) and slugging percentage (.511)...The 15 doubles were the third-most by a Penn State player in a single season, while the home runs were tied for fifth most...Earned team's co-Defensive Player of the Year award after throwing out six runners and excellent overall play in centerfield...Tallied five outfield assists during Big Ten play...Scored a team-best 31 runs...Tallied an on-base percentage of .355, good for second on the team...Totaled 27 RBIs while stealing team-high eight bases...Gunned down first baserunner of the year vs. Long Island (2/19)...Recorded first three hits of the season at Florida Atlantic (2/19) while also notching two RBIs and one double...Went 1-for-4 against Tulsa (2/20)...Crossed the plate twice vs. Georgetown (2/26) and had one hit to go along with an RBI and a double...Went 1-for-3 against FIU (2/27)...Hit first home run and stole first base of the season vs. Massachusetts (3/4), a 1-0 victory...Went 1-for-3 against Miami (Ohio) on Mar. 4 followed by a 1-for-4 effort vs. Jacksonville State (3/6), scoring once...Tied a season-best with three hits at Kennesaw State (3/8), going 3-for-3 including her second home run of the season, a double, two RBIs and one run scored...Tallied a 1-for-3 day with a run scored and an RBI vs. Bowling Green (3/11)...Had a season-best two stolen bases vs. Georgia State (3/11)...Against Belmont (3/13), notched two hits, two RBIs and two doubles...Posted back-to-back games with two hits, two runs scored, two doubles and two stolen bases against Wisconsin (3/26-27), going a cumulative 4-for-6...Named Big Ten's Player of the Week (3/28) for performances against Wisconsin...Drove in two runs in the first game against Wisconsin...Went 2-for-2 with an RBI at Illinois (4/3)...In the first game of a doubleheader with Michigan State (4/6), had a season-high four RBI behind an opposite field grand slam, two hits and adding a triple...Went 2-for-2 with a run scored at Michigan State (4/6) in the second game...Crossed the plate three times in the first game of a double-header against Kent State (4/13), tying a season-best that would come again at Ohio State (5/11)...Tallied an eight-game hitting streak from the Buffalo (4/14) doubleheader and into the Longwood doubleheader (4/24)...Notched hits in each side of a doubleheader against then-No. 1 Michigan (4/20), including a double...Hit a two-run home run against Longwood (4/24) in game one...Scored twice in a win over Purdue (4/30)...Went 1-for-3 at Ohio State (5/11), with one RBI and one home run, scoring a career high three times...Put a string of three-straight two-hit games together against Ohio State and Northwestern (5/11-14)...Went 2-for-3 against Northwestern (5/13) with two RBI...Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double vs. Northwestern (5/14)...Made NCAA Tournament debut vs. Fordham (5/20)...Went 1-for-4 with two RBI on a double vs. Albany (5/21)... Tied a career high with six at-bats against Fordham (5/21) in a 16-inning game during the NCAA Tournament, scoring one run on a double in the final inning.
Led the team in batting average (.329), at-bats (167), hits (55), triples (2) and on-base percentage (.411), while playing in all 51 games as center fielder...Scored 32 times while hitting seven doubles, a home run,21 RBI and stealing 11 bases...Started all five games at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in center field, hitting in the lead off spot...Recorded first hit, run and stolen base vs. UTEP (2/12)...Posted career best five at-bats and three runs vs. New Mexico State (2/13)...Had career-high three hits and three RBI vs. UTSA (2/13)...Hit .385 at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, hitting a pair of doubles and a triple...Went 2-for-4 with a run scored vs. Western Kentucky (2/19)...Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI vs. Utah State (2/20), hitting a double and a triple)...Had 2-for-2 day with three runs, an RBI and a stolen base vs. Towson (2/27)...Went 3-for-4 with two runs against Delaware (2/27)...Went 2-for-3 with season-best four RBI, a double and two runs scored vs. Morehead State (2/28)...Went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored against Florida Gulf Coast (3/5)...Had a 1-for-4 day at the plate with a run scored at South Florida (3/7)...Posted three consecutive two-hit days against Central Michigan (3/9), Saint Joseph's (3/10) and Kennesaw State (3/13)...Moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup vs. Saint Joseph's, scoring twice in addition to two hits and getting intentionally walked...Went 1-for-3 against Florida Gulf Coast (3/14) with an RBI...Had a 1-for-3 day with a run scored vs. Boston College (3/14)...Went 2-for-3 with a run scored against Saint Francis (3/24, Game Two)...Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four walks in a doubleheader split with Minnesota (3/27)...Posted 3-for-8 day in doubleheader sweep at Kent State (3/31), notching first collegiate homer in the first game, while adding three RBI and three runs scored...Went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles at Purdue (4/4)...Went 1-for-4 in back-to-back games vs. Pittsburgh (4/6), knocking home an RBI in the first game...Went 1-for-3 at Wisconsin (4/11)...Had a 1-for-1 day at the plate with an RBI sacrifice fly and a sac bunt in Game Two vs. Michigan State (4/14)...Posted a weekend of 5-for-8 hitting with three RBI, two doubles and a stolen base against Iowa (4/24-25)...Stole a base in each game of a doubleheader against Syracuse (4/27)...Went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base at Northwestern (5/1)...Had a 3-for-3 day at the plate with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch at Northwestern (5/2)...Notched fifth three-hit day of the year against then-No. 19/22 Ohio State (5/9) with a trio of singles...Named the team's Offensive Player of the Year...Made a season-high six at bats at Indiana (5/14).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Earned First Team All-State infielder status senior year in addition to being named First Team All-Area, Southeast Yosemite League MVP, Kern County All-Star Game MVP and Liberty High School MVP...Batted .509 with eight homers, three triples, 10 doubles, 41 RBI and 58 runs scored senior year...Named First Team underclassman infielder by CalHiSports while leading the CIF Central Section with a .587 batting average junior year...Named to All-Area and Southeast Yosetime League First Team four years running...Earned Liberty High MVP junior year...Named Liberty softball Most Outstanding Player sophomore year...Earned Coaches' Award freshman year...Four-year letterwinner in softball...Lettered in cross country being named team Rookie of the Year in 2006 and team MVP sophomore year...Four-year member of the academic honor roll, ASB Girls' Athletic Commission and LHS Link Crew...Played club softball for Orange County Batbusters that attended the ASA U-18 Gold Nationals under the direction of Gary Haning.
Cassidy Rose Bell was born August 2, 1991 in Bakersfield, Calif. to John and Stacey Bell...Has a brother, James, and a sister, Hailey...Majoring in kinesiology with the intent to be a coach or athletic trainer after graduation.
QUOTING BELL ON PENN STATE
"I chose PSU because I fell in love with the campus, felt comfortable with the coaching staff, and of the strong academic history."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON BELL
"Cassidy has proven to be a force in the Big Ten and on the national level. She has anchored the leadoff spot in the lineup over the past two years as she is a true triple threat at the plate. Defensively, she has one of the strongest arms out there. I am looking for Cassidy to continue to push the reaches of her game."