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Cassidy Bell Goes 2-for-3, Becomes New PSU Single-Season Batting Champ at .423
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Penn State Overcomes a Pair of Seventh-Inning Deficits to Earn Walk-Off Victories
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Penn State Kicks Off 10-Game Home Stand with Pittsburgh
2011 (JUNIOR YEAR)
Appeared in 25 games, starting in four as a designated hitter...Came in as a pinch hitter in 21 games...Recorded four hits, four RBIs and scored one run in 33 at-bats (.121 avg.)...Made debut versus Tulsa on (2/18)...Had a season-best two RBIs in a 1-for-1 pinch-hit performance versus Georgetown (2/26)...Went 1-for-2 and scored a run against Jacksonville State (3/6) as a pinch hitter and designated player...Had another 1-for-2 effort as a designated hitter at Iowa (5/8)...Notched a sacrifice fly, driving in a run as a pinch hitter against Northwestern (5/13)...Had final hit of the season, a pinch-hit single to break open a 2-1 game against Albany (5/21) in the NCAA Tournament...Started first NCAA game against Fordham (5/21) as a designated player.
2010 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
Named to Academic All-Big Ten team...Appeared in 41 games, starting 23 times, batting .269 with 21 hits, seven doubles eight RBI and six walks...Made 2010 debut vs. UTSA (2/13) as a substitute second baseman in the flex position...Started the Nebraska (2/14) game at second as well...Made two pinch hitting appearances at the Campbell/Cartier Classic (2/19-20), gathering first hit of the year, a long single, at San Diego State (2/20)...Went 1-for-2 and 2-for-4 with two doubles and a single vs. Towson (2/27) and Delaware (2/27), respectively...Belted a pinch-hit seventh-inning leadoff double at East Carolina (2/28)...Went 1-for-2 with a run scored vs. Central Michigan (3/5)...Had 2-for-3 day with two runs scored vs. Florida Gulf Coast (3/5)...Went 1-for-3 with a double against Ball State (3/6)...Had a pinch-hit RBI ground out vs. Saint Joseph's (3/10)...Went 1-for-3 with an RBI double against Saint Francis (3/24) in Game Two...Had an RBI ground out in the second game vs. Minnesota (3/27)...Went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double in Game One at Kent State (3/31) before scoring a run in Game Two...Belted a single at Purdue (4/4)...Went an impressive combined 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored in doubleheader vs. Pittsburgh (4/6)...Posted back-to-back two-hit games for the first time with a 2-for-3 performance at Wisconsin (4/10) with career-best two RBI and a run scored...Went 1-for-3 with a single in the first game vs. Michigan State (4/14)...Hit an RBI single in pinch-hitting appearance against Iowa (4/24)...Hit first career sacrifice fly against Iowa (4/25)...Knocked a single and scored the game's only run against Syracuse in Game Two (4/27)...Smacked a pinch-hit single against Ohio State (5/8).
2009 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Played in five games, starting one as a designated player...Made four trips to the plate as a pinch hitter with one hit for a .250 batting average...Posted an on-base percentage of .250...Hit an RBI groundout vs. Cal State Bakersfield (2/7) for first collegiate RBI...Notched first collegiate hit, a single, against Wichita State (2/14).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Started all four years while at Ironwood Ridge High School in the outfield and infield for head coach Randy Anway...In 2008, helped the Nighthawks to a 34-2 record and went on to become Arizona 5A runners up...In previous years, Ironwood Ridge claimed 4A third-place victories...Earned Second Team All-State honors in 2007 and was named to the All-Southern First Team in 2007 and 2008, while holding the seventh highest batting average in southern Arizona...Played with the Lil' Saints 18U Gold team for head coach Dick Dickson...Maintained a 4.0 grade-point average each semester in high school.
Morgan Rene Long was born on February 26, 1990, to Lisa Jensen-Long...Has a twin brother, George, who attends Arizona State...Mother, Lisa, played water polo at Southern California...Father played baseball at New Mexico...Majoring in pre-med with intentions of going to medical school and becoming a doctor.
QUOTING LONG ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because I liked the tradition and it's an amazing school."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON LONG
"Morgan battled a tough offseason injury this past year. She is more hungry, anxious, and determined than ever to make this her best year yet. You have to have a unique mental approach to be ready to be put in the game as a pinch hitter in clutch situations and I believe I have found that in Morgan. I know I can count on her to give us a quality at-bat when called upon, a very significant factor in changing the course of a game."
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