Hazleton, Pa. - With the start of a new semester, freshman Bryce Dalpiaz gets set for his first season as a member of the Nittany Lion baseball squad at Penn State Hazleton. Dalpiaz comes to Hazleton from Liverpool, Pa where he graduated with honors from Greenwood High School and served as a volunteer firefighter.
Now as a Nittany Lion, the freshman pursues a degree from Penn State's world renowned Turfgrass Science program, beginning his higher educational career in the northeast while serving as a catcher and first baseman for the Lions. Dalpiaz got off to slow start at the high school level but transformed his game as an upper classman to gain all-star status in the Tri-Valley League. As a senior backstop for the Wildcats, Dalpiaz allowed just three passed balls while throwing out nearly one third of stolen base attempts by opponents. At the dish, the catcher notched career highs with 26 runs scored and 27 RBI, posting .481 batting average in the process. All signs point to Dalpiaz making an immediate impact on the Nittany Lion roster as Hazleton looks to breakthrough in 2020 with a successful run in the Penn State University Athletic Conference's eastern division.