ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Penn State Altoona baseball’s freshman shortstop Hunter Breon (Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs) was selected the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Newcomer of the Year, and two Lions were voted to the AMCC All-Conference Team when the league announced its postseason awards on Tuesday.
Breon’s selection as AMCC Newcomer of the Year marks the fifth time in Penn State Altoona baseball history that one of the program’s athletes was tabbed as the conference’s top first-year player. Breon was also voted to the second team of the All-AMCC squad.
Breon had a standout freshman season with Penn State Altoona, leading his team in most offensive categories while showing good range at shortstop. Among all AMCC players, Breon finished the season ranking eighth in stolen bases (10), 12th in hits (51), 16th in total bases (71), 17th in home runs (3), 19th in runs scored (30) and doubles (11), 23rd in batting average (.338), 24th in runs batted in (25), and 26th in slugging percentage (.470). Additionally, he was second among all AMCC fielders in assists (117) and 12th in double plays turned (15).
Joining Breon on the All-Conference Team was freshman designated hitter Peter Jacobs (Dix Hills, NY/Half Hollow Hills West), who was voted third team.
Due to injuries on the team, Jacobs was elevated to the role of the Lions’ regular cleanup hitter midway through the season and performed well. In the AMCC, he ranked 18th in on-base percentage (.421), 21st in walks (15), 29th in batting average (.324), 30th in runs scored (26), and 33rd in slugging percentage (.412).
Penn State Altoona baseball enjoyed a resurgent 2017 season. The team recorded its most overall wins (19) and best AMCC record (9-7) since 2012, and the Lions qualified for the conference tournament for the first time since 2014. Penn State Altoona finished fourth in the regular season AMCC standings and hosted conference playoff games for the first time since 2012.