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Record-Breaking Academic and Athletic Year Continues for Penn State Student-Athletes
Nittany Lions finish Big Ten tournament in quarterfinals
Cassidy Bell finishes 3-for-3 at the plate with 20th home run of the year
Penn State will play Illinois in first round of Big Ten tournament Thursday
Senior Lauren Yao's bases-clearing double propels Nittany Lions to 3-2 victory
2011, 12 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Led Penn State as one of the top offensive threats, earning PSU's Offensive Player of the Year award...Topped team charts in average (.326), RBI (29), walks (35) and on-base percentage (.470)...An excellent defensive first baseman, committed just five errors in 355 chances for a .986 fielding percentage...Earned 35 walks, second most in school history for a single season, and sits tied for 11th all-time at Penn State, 50 behind No. 1...Belted eight doubles and six home runs and gathering 73 total bases while slugging .507...Collected 11 mult-hit games...Reached base in 45 of 55 games, including 29 of the last 32...A force in Big Ten play hitting .392 (20-for-51) with three doubles, a team-high four homers and a team-high 17 RBI...Slugged .686 in Big Ten play accompanying a .551 on-base percentage...Was flawless during Big Ten action in the field (123 chances)...Tallied hits against Tulsa (2/18), Long Island (2/19) and a double at Florida Atlantic (2/19)...Went 1-for-2, scoring once and walking twice against Georgetown (2/26)...Tallied a single vs. Miami of Ohio (3/4)...Belted the go-ahead three-run home run against Jacksonville State (3/6)...Strung together a four-game hitting streak from Mar. 4-8...Went 1-for-1 with two RBI, a run and two walks against Bowling Green (3/11)...Went 1-for-2 vs. Fresno State (3/17)...Had a 2-for-4 day against then-No. 9 Oklahoma (3/18)...Posted a 1-for-2 afternoon scoring once and driving in a run in the Big Ten opener vs. Wisconsin (3/26)...Notched 3-for-4 day with an RBI in victory over Wisconsin (3/27)...Tallied a hit at Pittsburgh (3/29)...Belted crucial two-run home run at Illinois (4/2), going 1-for-1 with two walks the next day...Posted second three-hit game of the season, scoring once and driving in a run in the first game of a doubleheader at Michigan State (4/6), while crushing a three-run homer in game two...Tallied a hit against Indiana (4/10)...Had an excellent doubleheader against Kent State (4/13), going a combined 3-for-5 with three RBI, two runs and a walk off home run in game two...The next day went a total of 5-for-7 with three doubles, three RBI and a run scored vs. Buffalo (4/14)...Scored game-winning run at Minnesota (4/17)...Had a monster doubleheader against then-No. 1 Michigan on national television, going 4-for-7 with two three-run home runs...Had a hit against Longwood (4/24) in game one...Went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a run scored against Purdue (4/30)...Posted a 3-for-6 evening at Ohio State (5/11) in a doubleheader sweep, hitting two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored...Had a hit in every NCAA game starting with a 1-for-2 day vs. Fordham (5/20)...Went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk vs. Albany (5/21)...Made a career-high seven at-bats in a 16-inning thriller vs. Fordham (5/21), gathering two hits and an RBI in the 16th...Made a career-high 16 putouts in the Fordham game (5/21), tied for fourth at Penn State in a single game...Went 1-for-3 against then-No. 12 Oregon (5/22) in the final game of the season.
Started in 50 of 51 games at first base, hitting .268 with 41 hits, 12 runs, 11 doubles, three homers and 20 runs batted in...Began collegiate career with a seven-game hitting streak...Has a hit in 11 of the first 13 games of the season...Started all five games at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in the fifth spot in the lineup, batting .389 with two HR and seven RBI, recording a hit in every game...Went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a double in collegiate debut vs. UTEP (2/12)...Went 2-for-2 vs. UTSA (2/13) with a solo home run...Notched a 1-for-3 day at the plate with a two-run homer vs. Nebraska (2/14)...Went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Western Kentucky (2/19)...Had a 1-for-2 night with a solo home run, third of the year, at San Diego State (2/20)...Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored vs. Delaware (2/27)...Went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run vs. Morehead State (2/28)...Smacked RBI double vs. Central Michigan (3/5)...Went 1-for-4 with a single vs. Florida Gulf Coast (3/5)...Went 1-for-2 with an RBI pinch-hit double and a run scored vs. Saint Joseph's (3/10)...Went 1-for-3 against Florida Gulf Coast (3/14)...Went 2-for-3 with a season-best two runs scored and an RBI in Game Two vs. Saint Francis (3/24)...Belted an RBI hit in each game of a doubleheader vs. Minnesota (3/27), a two-run single in Game One and a double in Game Two...Went a combined 3-for-8 in a doubleheader at Kent State (3/31), belting two doubles and three RBI...Posted back-to-back one-hit games at Purdue (4/3-4) including a two-out single to continue the game-winning, eighth-inning rally on 4/4...Notched 1-for-2 day with a double and a run scored vs. Pittsburgh (4/6)...Knocked a pair of singles in each game at Wisconsin (4/10-11) including a walk in the second game...Hit team-leading 11th double in the first game vs. Michigan State (4/14)...Went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored vs. Iowa (4/24)...Went 1-for-3 with a single and HBP vs. Iowa (4/25)...Went 1-for-3 with a single at Northwestern (5/2)...Posted 3-for-6 weekend with a run batted in against then-No. 19/22 Ohio State (5/8-9)...Went 2-for-6 at Indiana (5/14) while making a career-high 14 putouts in the contest.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Earned All-State Second Team honors senior year...Named First Team All-CIF Southern Section and All-Orange County senior year...Landed on the Los Angeles Times' All-Southland team senior year...Two-time First Team All-Sunset League honoree...Named to Second Team All-CIF Southern Section junior year...Second Team All-Sunset League honoree sophomore year...Two-time team Offensive Player of the Year at Esperanza...Four-year letterwinner...Team won Sunset League sophomore and junior years...Two-time CIF Southern Section Quarterfinalist junior and senior years...Member of the U-18 Gold California Raiders under head coach Phil Bruder.
Kailyn Patricia Johnson was born April 24, 1991 in Orange, Calif. to Chris and Jennifer Johnson...Has a sister, Ashley, and brother, Ryan...Ashley graduated as a member of the UC Davis softball team...Majoring in communications specializing in advertising/public relations with the intent to work in New York City for a major advertising company.
QUOTING JOHNSON ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because it has a beautiful campus and great college atmosphere. They treat their student-athletes very well and several of the academic departments are highly ranked."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON JOHNSON
"Kailyn had a breakout year for us last year. Her offensive success goes without saying as she can change the nature of the game in one at-bat. Perhaps her most unrecognized attribute is her defensive prowess at first base. She digs balls out of the dirt as if it's simply routine. I look to Kailyn to continue to raise her offensive power and continue to stabilize the infield defense."