COLUMBUS, Ohio Penn State senior first baseman Jordan Steranka was named to the All- Big Ten first team as the conference office announced the baseball honors on Tuesday.
Sophomore pitcher Joe Kurrasch and senior outfielder Sean Deegan earned second and third team honors, respectively. Junior Ryan Clark earned the Sportsmanship Award for the Nittany Lions.
Steranka is s fifth in the conference in batting average (.362), first in slugging percentage (.615), third in hits (79), second in doubles (18), second in home runs (11) and first in total bases (134). Steranka, a third-team pick in 2009, set Penn States career record for total bases and is second all-time in hits, doubles and RBIs.
Kurrasch, who started the season in the closers role, became the teams Friday night starter. He has the lowest ERA (1.71) for a Big Ten starter and batters hit just .219 against him this season.
Deegan, who was All- Big Ten last season as well, got off to a slow start but has excelled in Big Ten play. His eight home runs in conference action ranks first in the Big Ten. For his career in the program, Deegan is first in triples (15), eighth in home runs (26) and fifth in total bases (335).
The third-seeded Nittany Lions face No. 6 Ohio State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at 3:35 p.m., today.