Three Penn State players received Big Ten honors on Tuesday.
Starting pitcher Dante Biasi was voted to the 2019 All-Big Ten Second Team, while third baseman Justin Williams was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Rounding out the trio of Nittany Lions honorees was relief pitcher Blake Hodgens, who garnered Penn State’s Sportsmanship Award.
Penn State’s ace on the mound, Biasi posted a 2.55 ERA, which ranked fourth in the conference. The left-hander’s 6.32 hits allowed per nine innings were the fewest in the Big Ten and his 102 strikeouts were the second-highest in the conference.
In his first collegiate season, Williams played in 38 games for the Nittany Lions, starting 32 of them. The freshman posted a .262 batting average and tied for the team lead with four home runs.
A southpaw, Hodgens served primarily as a bullpen arm during his collegiate career, making one spot start. In the classroom, the senior led Penn State in GPA this year and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2018.