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Record-Breaking Academic and Athletic Year Continues for Penn State Student-Athletes
Nittany Lions finish Big Ten tournament in quarterfinals
Senior Lauren Yao's bases-clearing double propels Nittany Lions to 3-2 victory
Banquet honors seniors; four players take home yearly awards
Sunday Senior Day contest to air live on Big Ten Network at 2:30 p.m.
Penn State played Virginia Tech & South Florida at the USF Softball Stadium on Mar. 9, 2012.
2012 (JUNIOR YEAR)
Started 44 and saw time in 47 games in her third campaign with the Nittany Lions as an outfielder...Averaged .192 at the plate and a .267 on-base percentage...Stole seven bases and scored nine runs and one RBI on 15 hits...Went 2-for-3 against Notre Dame (2/25)...Scored her first run of the season and stole her third base on the season while adding a hit against LIU Brooklyn (3/2)...Stole two bases and went 2-for-3 at South Florida (3/9)...Started in both games in the doubleheader against Michigan State (4/7) going 2-for-5 on the day, including her first collegiate RBI in the second game...Hit 2-for-3 against Minnesota on April 28...Hit a single and scored a run at Illinois (5/5)...Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
2010 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Saw time in 33 games, mostly as a pinch runner, scoring six times and stealing two bases...Made collegiate debut as a pinch runner vs. Colorado State (2/12)...Scored a run against each New Mexico State (2/13), UTSA (2/13), San Diego State (2/20) and Delaware (2/27) as a pinch runner...Made first collegiate plate appearance vs. Morehead State (2/28)...Made first collegiate start in right field against Central Michigan (3/9)...Scored run in pinch running situation vs. Florida Gulf Coast (3/14)...Made a pinch running appearance in each game of the Saint Francis doubleheader (3/24) as well as the second game vs. Minnesota (3/27), both games at Kent State (3/31) and at Purdue (4/3)...Pinch ran in both games against Pittsburgh (4/6), scoring a run in the second game...Made pinch running appearances at Wisconsin (4/10), in Game One vs. Michigan State (4/14), against Illinois (4/18), both games vs. Iowa (4/24-25), in Game Two vs. Syracuse (4/27), both games against Ohio State (5/8-9) and at Indiana (5/14).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Four-year letterwinner and team captain at Washington Township ...Coached by Tracy Burkhart...Olympic Conference Champions 2007 and `08...MVP in 2008 and '09...All-Olympic Conference and All-Gloucester County in 2008 and '09...Led team in at bats, hits, total bases, on-base percentage and runs scored junior and senior years...Led the Witches Elite Gold club in stolen bases and runs scored coached by Bruce Benedetti...Member of the N.J. Breakers Gold club team coached by Joe Salvatore...Lettered in volleyball...Member of the National Honor Society, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class.
Full name is Shannon Michelle Hutchinson...Born August 16, 1991 in Vorhees, N.J. to Patti and Tom Hutchinson...Has three siblings, Kylie, Shea and Connor...Majoring in elementary education with the intent to become a teacher and coach softball.
QUOTING HUTCHINSON ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because I fell in love with the pride and atmosphere. The idea of Success with Honor was something that made Penn State stand out above other schools."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI on HUTCHINSON
"Shannon is ready to take her spot in the outfield this year. She has battled for time in the past, but knows this is her year to step up into a full time role. She is constantly pushing her teammates at practice to be aggressive and raise the level of their game. I am anxious to see her take on this new challenge and become a pesky force in the offensive lineup."