MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – In celebration of the last 10-plus years of success on the diamond, Penn State Harrisburg baseball has announced its all-decade team. The illustrious group of student-athletes includes players active between the spring of 2011 and the conclusion of the 2020 campaign. The lineup is comprised of three starting pitchers, a pair of relievers, four infielders, three outfielders, a catcher, and a designated hitter.
The overall success of the all-decade team includes a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, a conference championship, three all-America honors, an academic all-American, a regional player of the year, seven all-region accolades, four NCAA Statistical Championships, and 12 all-conference honors.
SP: Mark Artley
A talented righty and 2016 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) First-Team All-Conference selection, Mark Artley set the benchmark for Penn State Harrisburg starting hurlers and remains the program's career leader in wins (16), strikeouts (197), starts (31), and innings pitched (192.0). The Milton, Pa. native also holds the single-game record for strikeouts with 14 (twice). He consistently excelled against top-flight competition, leading the Lions to the CAC Championship Series in 2018 and completing his illustrious career with a 4.59 earned run average (ERA).
SP: Will Chaney
Will Chaney was an anchor on the mound for Penn State Harrisburg's first team to win a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship and secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. The Lancaster, Pa. native is the program's career ERA leader (3.52) and co-leader in shutouts (2). The right hander also ranks second all-time with 176.1 innings pitched and eight complete games. He finished his three-year career with 12 wins and 110 strikeouts.
SP: Travis Van Houten
One of the most versatile players in program history, Travis Van Houten had a dominant 2019 campaign that saw him set the single-season record for innings thrown (79.0) while racking up 78 strikeouts. For his efforts, he was named a 2019 CAC All-Conference First-Team pitcher. The hard-throwing right hander struck out 159 opposing batters during his career; a number good enough to rank second in team history. The Saylorsburg, Pa. native made 29 starts, including the Lions' 2019 NCAA Tournament opener, and logged 172.1 total innings during his career, amassing 10 wins in process.
RP: Tyler Jackson
A model of consistency as a top option out of the bullpen, Tyler Jackson set the single-season program record for appearances with 25 in 2019. The Pittston, Pa. native also ranks third in program history in both saves (5) and appearances (41). The righty made relief appearances during a pair of NCAA Tournament outings in 2019 and was named to the 2020 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN) Division III Players to Watch List for his efforts.
RP: Brendan Riotto
A CAC All-Conference Second-Team pick in both 2016 and 2017, Brendan Riotto rewrote the record book for Penn State Harrisburg relievers. The Exton, Pa. native is the program's career saves leader (18) by a wide margin and his 68 career appearances are the most in team history. In 2016, he recorded six saves and posted a 1.76 ERA; both numbers stand as single-season program records. The right hander's 3.99 career ERA is also good enough to rank third in program history.
C: Tyler Aug
Invaluable as the team's backstop during the program's most successful era, Tyler Aug was also a threat at the plate throughout his time at Penn State Harrisburg. The catcher is the program's career leader in walks (87) and his .462 on-base percentage ranks him third in team history. The Pompton Plains, N.J. native's pop was evidenced by his 13 career home runs; a number good enough to rank fourth all-time. Most recently, he was off to a tremendous start in 2020 with a 1.166 OPS before the campaign was cut short by the pandemic.
1B: Zak Koroneos
One of the top power hitters in Penn State Harrisburg history, Zak Koroneos left his mark all over the program's offensive record book. His 22 career home runs rank him second all-time and his 142 hits are the third most in team history. The native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada drove in 122 runs and racked up 26 doubles, with both numbers good enough to rank second all-time among Blue & White players. The power lefty was especially strong in 2019, tallying 13 home runs and 52 RBI en route to earning a spot on the 2020 CBN Division III Players to Watch List.
2B: Miguel Torres
After joining Penn State Harrisburg for his junior season, Miguel Torres put together one of the best two-year careers you'll ever see. The middle infielder earned all-America recognition following the 2019 season to go along with a pair of all-region accolades. The native of the Dominican Republic was a two-time CAC All-Conference pick whose .361 career batting average ranks second in program history. He holds the career record for triples (9) and ranks top-five all-time in hits (141), slugging percentage (.522), runs (97), RBI (90), and stolen bases (28). He also holds single-game program records for home runs (3), hits (5), runs scored (5), and total bases (13).
SS: Ryan McSorley
Providing consistent defense at shortstop and having already surpassed the 100-hit mark for his career through two and a half seasons, Ryan McSorley has steadily grown as an impact player since debuting for the Blue & White. The Lansdale, Pa. native currently ranks fourth all-time in runs scored (104) and on-base percentage (.430), fifth in doubles (21), sixth in hits (119), and second in hit-by-pitches (35). The infielder, who holds a share of the single-game program record for hits (5), was off to a fantastic start in 2020, hitting .413 with a .525 on-base percentage before the pandemic prematurely ended the season.
3B: Travis Van Houten
In addition to his pitching prowess, Travis Van Houten was a threat every time he stepped to the plate. He won the 2019 NCAA Statistical Championship in the RBI category thanks to driving in 71 runs. That spring, the Saylorsburg, Pa. native was recognized with two all-region honors to go along with a pair of CAC All-Conference First-Team accolades as both a designated hitter and starting pitcher. Prior to the 2020 campaign, he was named to the CBN Division III Players to Watch List. The corner infielder finds himself in the top five of a number of career statistical categories, including home runs (13), RBI (90), triples (7), and doubles (21).
OF: Chase Smith
Chase Smith has made quite the mark through the first two and a half years of his career. The Martinsburg, Pa. native already holds the program record for hit-by-pitches (38) and ranks second all-time in stolen bases (37), as well as third in runs scored (113) and home runs (16), fourth in triples (5) and doubles (22), and fifth in hits (122) and on-base percentage (.427). The outfielder has also come up clutch on the big stage, including tying a single-game program record with three home runs in a win over No. 3 Christopher Newport in the opening contest of the 2019 CAC Championship Series. Prior to the 2020 campaign, he earned a spot on the CBN Division III Players to Watch List.
OF: Bret Williams
The most decorated player in program history, Bret Williams remains one of the best players in the nation. Most recently, the outfielder was named to the D3baseball.com All-Decade Team after earning a pair of first-team all-America honors following the 2019 season. His list of accolades also includes being named regional player of the year and CAC Player of the Year in 2019, as well as securing three first-team all-region honors, four all-conference selections, and three NCAA Statistical Championships. The Mount Carmel, Pa. native was named a 2020 preseason all-American and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition last spring. An offensive juggernaut and the definition of a "pitch to him, if you dare" power bat, Williams is the program's career leader in batting average (.398), slugging percentage (.738), on-base percentage (.472), runs scored (177), hits (232), home runs (46), and RBI (184).
OF: Casey Winters
Thanks to the prowess of players like Casey Winters, opposing pitchers have had little opportunity to relax when facing a Penn State Harrisburg lineup during recent years. The Roaring Spring, Pa. native has helped anchor the bottom of the team's lineup the past two and a half seasons, including a breakout 2019 campaign that saw him tally three home runs, a triple, and 10 doubles to go along with 34 runs scored, 33 RBI, and 24 walks. He's on pace to become the next member of the program's 100-hit club, as he currently sits just 14 base knocks shy of reaching the mark.
DH: Colton Houseal
A key contributor to the Penn State Harrisburg squad that won the program's first conference championship in 2013, Colton Houseal was a model of consistency at the plate. The designated hitter/outfielder racked up 154 hits during his career; a number good enough to rank second all-time in team history. Thanks to his efforts, the Maytown, Pa. native earned back-to-back NEAC All-Conference Second-Team selections in 2012 and 2013. During the NEAC Tournament in 2013, he accounted for six hits, three RBI, and two runs to help lead the Lions to the conference title and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
Check back with athletics.hbg.psu.edu for the release of more all-decade teams in the coming weeks.