2011 (JUNIOR YEAR)
Played in 19 games for the Nittany Lions, starting as a designated hitter in three and playing as a catcher at Michigan State (4/6)...Had two hits, two RBIs and one double in 21plate appearances for a .095 average...Made first appearance versus Long Island (2/19) as a pinch hitter, going 1-for-1 with her lone double of the season...Had an RBI on a sacrifice as a starting designated player against Georgetown (2/26)...Went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the second game of a doubleheader against Michigan State (4/6), filling in at catcher later in the game.
2010 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
Redshirted the season after suffering a concussion in Fall practice.
2009 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Saw time in 17 games, starting 13 as a catcher and designated player...Made 31 at-bats, belting eight hits for a .258 batting average...Knocked three doubles and six RBI with 11 total bases...Slugged .355 and reached base at a .361 clip...Had two multi-hit games...Committed just one error while sporting a .947 fielding percentage...Went 1-for-1 with a run scored notching two collegiate firsts against Cal State Bakersfield (2/7)...Went 2-for-2 with a double, RBI, run and a walk vs. Vermont (3/6)...Had two hits in four plate appearances with three RBI and a double against Washington (3/13)...Went 1-for-3 with an RBI at Michigan State (4/29)...Had a 1-for-2 day with an RBI and a double vs. Indiana (5/2)...Went 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter at Ohio State (5/9).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Earned four varsity letters...Named the 2005 Team Rookie of the Year, 2006 and 2007 Team Defensive Player of the Year and 2008 Team MVP...Three-time First Team All-Area selection, a two-time Third Team All-State honoree and earned First Team All-State accolades in 2008...Named the 2008 Northwest Florida Daily News Player of the Year...Captained team senior year...Played for the High Intensity Gold club team as a catcher for head coach Danny Hensley...Graduated magna cum laude with a 4.3 grade-point average from Niceville...Member of the National Honor Society, Key Club... Named Florida Bright Futures Scholarship recipient.
Ellen Patricia McNair was born on June 6, 1990 in Hopkinsville, Ky. to Hal and Julie McNair...Has an older brother, Ryan...Majoring in communications and journalism with intentions of becoming a sports broadcaster.
QUOTING MCNAIR ON PENN STATE
"I chose to come to Penn State for the academics and the big school atmosphere. You can sense the pride of being a Nittany Lion as soon as you walk on campus and I wanted to be a part of it."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON MCNAIR
"Ellen has became a true student of the game and uses that experience to see the game played from a `coach's perspective.' She stepped in during clutch roles last year that proved to be valuable to our success. She has great insight to certain situations and is a tremendous analyzer of the opponent's strategies. Offensively, she has the power to drive the gaps, so I am anxious to see her take advantage of her opportunities this season."