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Jen Acunto
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Jen Acunto

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hollywood, Fla.

High School:
St. Thomas Aquinas

Height:
5-6

Position:
SS

Experience:
SR

B/T:
R/R


Honors
Second Team All-Great Lakes Region, 2006
Second Team All-Great Lakes Region, 2005

Lion Career
2007: Has started every game for Penn State at shortstop... had two hits and two RBI in win over N.C. State (2/10)... hit a double and scored a run in victory over East Carolina (2/11)... hit a home run and scored a season-high three runs in win at North Carolina... had a three RBI double in win over Columbia (3/2)... smacked a homer in two straight games, a Miken Classic semifinal win over Columbia (3/3) and the Miken Classic Championship victory over Florida Atlantic (3/4)... hit a triple and scored twice against Colorado State (3/9)... had two hits, including an RBI single in win over Toledo (3/11)... belted a two-run homer in extra innings win over Fullerton (3/15)... hit a single in upset win over No. 9 Michigan (3/17)... hit an RBI double in each game against Wisconsin (3/30-31)...reeled off four straight games with a hit, beginning at Iowa (4/20) and continuing through at Illinois (4/22)... had two hits and scored two runs against Indiana (4/28)... went 2-for-2 with a single and a double against Ohio State (5/6)... set the all-time Penn State doubles record with the 39th of her career at the Big Ten Tournament against Ohio State (5/10).

2006: Second team All-Great Lakes Region... Penn State's starter at shortstop all 56 games, making her only one of four Lions to start every contest... she had a team-high 28 RBIs, including three-RBI outings vs. Longwood (2/18), Ohio State (5/6) and at Hofstra (5/19) in the NCAA Tournament... batted .282 on 49 hits (tied for second on the team) in 174 attempts... led with a team-high 12 doubles... added five homeruns, which was tied for second-best on the team... she had a .437 slugging percentage, also second on the team... stole six bases in seven attempts, second among Nittany Lion baserunners... had a .973 fielding percentage with 73 putouts, 107 assists and only five errors... had a team-high seven game-winning RBIs, four of which came on homeruns and included a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning at Arkansas (2/24) to give the Nittany Lions a 3-2 victory... four of her game-winning RBIs came in the last inning... smacked a game-winning two-run homerun in the top of the first inning vs. Detroit Mercy (3/6)... in the top of the eighth inning, sent the game-winning homerun over the wall vs. Coastal Carolina (3/25) in a 4-2 victory... in Big Ten play, connected with a pitch for a homerun to win the game for the Lions,1-0, in the bottom of the sixth, at Iowa (4/30, game 2)... used a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in the winning run in a 2-1 victory vs. UC-Santa Barbara (3/7)... earned a walk against Kent State (3/24) to force home the winning run... her double to centerfield vs. Pittsburgh (4/18, game 1) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning that game... scored 30 runs, including two runs each: at Hawaii (3/11), vs. Detroit Mercy (3/8), vs. Coastal Carolina (3/25), at Purdue (4/1), vs. Pittsburgh (4/18, game 1), and at Kent State (4/26, game 1)... went 3-for-3 against Purdue (4/1) with a season-high two doubles... had 10 multiple-hit games, including four three-hits performances: at Hawaii (3/6), at Purdue (3/31), vs. Pittsburgh (4/18, game 1), and at Kent State (4/26)... stole two bases against Missouri-Kansas City (2/24)... also added five sacrifice bunts and a sacrifice fly on the season... walked 11 times... two five-game hit streaks were her longest of the season... had a hit in over 60 percent of the Lions' game in 2006.

2005: Named 2005 Great Lakes All-Region along with three other Nittany Lions... Penn State's co-Offensive MVP with classmate Ashley Esparza... started all 59 games at shortstop... earned four game-winning RBIs... led the Lions in: RBIs (38), hits (72), home runs (10), doubles (18), total bases (122), and sac flies (3)... one of five players with 25 or more RBIs... had 29 extra base hits... had the second-best batting average on the team (.369)... homered in her first at-bat twice this season, once against Alabama (2/18) and once against St. Francis (3/30) to earn the game-winning RBI... scored a career-high of three runs against Harvard (3/26)... at the bottom of the fourth with the bases loaded against Kent State (4/6), fired a shot over the outfield wall for her first career grand slam and the game-winning RBI, leading Penn State to a 4-0 shut out... at the NCAA regional, batted .539 (7-for-13) including four doubles and a home run... went 3-for-4 at Michigan State (4/10, game 2), including a home run and a double... she also scored once and had an RBI in that contest... batted 3-for-4 vs. Illinois (4/16), needing only a home run to hit for the cycle and scoring twice... in a matchup against Pittsburgh (4/13), snuck past the Pittsburgh fielders to steal a career-high three bases.

High School
Her club team, the Miami Waves, won a national title in 2000, and was a runner-up in 2001... the Waves also placed fourth in 2002... earned six varsity letters at St. Thomas Aquinas in softball and soccer... earned all-county recognition all four years... team captain in 2004... District and Regional champions 2001-2004 and State 5a champions in 2002 and 2003.

Personal
The daughter of John and Deborah Acunto, her full name is Jennifer Karen Acunto... looks to major in sports nutrition... has two older brothers John (33) and Scott (29) and two older sisters Nancy (31) and Heather (21)... born on April 14, 1986 in Hollywood, Fla.

Coach's Quote
"Jen had yet another exceptional year at shortstop for us last year. It is a huge credit to an athlete when you can maneuver your entire offensive lineup around her. She kept opposing defenses in check and we are anxious to see her pick up where she left off as the best for her is yet to come."

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