Academic All-Big Ten... Bieker played in 39 games and started 27 times... one of three players on the team to start games at four different positions: right field (13), catcher (8), designated hitter (5) and left field (1)... started the final six games of the year and also made 12 starts in Big Ten play... Purdue was 7-1 in the games he started behind the plate and 21-6 when he started overall... reached base safely in 9 of 18 opportunities when leading off an inning... recorded six of his 17 RBIs with two outs in an inning... finished the season having reached base safely in seven consecutive games... went 5-for-9 with two-extra base hits and three walks the first week back from spring break to the way to 7-for-17 showing in March... was 7-for-21 with three RBIs and three runs scored during the eight-game homestand... batted .306 with more walks than strikeouts in home games... threw out a runner at the plate trying to score on a sac fly to right field in the home win against IPFW... hit safely in all three games of the Iowa series... at Morehead State (Feb. 26-27): started the series opener and finale, going 2-for-4 with two extra-base hits and three runs scored in the final game... at Tennessee Tech (March 18-20): started the series finale in right field, singling twice and scoring a base... Wabash (March 23): tripled home a run, walked twice and scored a run as the starting right fielder... Bradley (March 25-27): collected two hits in both games, finishing the abbreviated series 4-for-7 with a double, RBI and three runs scored... at Minnesota (April 1-2): started all three games of the series at Target Field in right field, singling twice and walking twice... at Ball State (April 12): started at catcher and delivered a two-run single in the ninth inning as Purdue rallied for a comeback win with four two-out runs in the ninth... at Illinois-Chicago (April 20): drove in a season-high three runs thanks to a bases-loaded walk and two-run double... Indiana (April 30-May 1): started the opener and finale in right field of the series sweep... at Michigan State (May 6-8): delivered a key two-out single in the ninth inning with the tying run on second but Kevin Plawecki was called out at the plate to end the game... Ball State (May 11): recorded two hits and an RBI while seeing action at catcher and right field... Iowa (May 19-21): started twice at DH and the regular-season finale at catcher, finishing the series 4-for-11 with two RBIs and two runs scored... at Big Ten Tournament (May 25-27): started twice at DH and the Minnesota game in right field, finishing the week 2-for-9 with a hit by pitch and two sac bunts.
Bieker played in 32 games and started 15 times, primarily at catcher and in right field ... his .385 average was tops among the spot starters ... Purdue was 11-4 in the games he started ... tallied more free passes (11) than strikeouts (9) ... was 4-for-7 as a pinch hitter and batted .444 with runners in scoring position ... batted .429 with six of his 12 hits going for extra bases in true road games ... was 6-for-10 with no strikeouts in Purdue's 10 neutral-site games ... batted a team-best .571 in March, seven of his 12 hits going for extra bases ... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 26-March 1): went 3-for-3 with a double against West Virginia after entering the game as a pinch hitter ... at Southern Illinois (March 5-7): delivered a pinch hit double and scored a run in the series opener ... at Evansville Tournament (March 12-14): started the games against Morehead State and Evansville, going 3-for-5 with a two-run double and a solo home run vs. Morehead ... at Ohio (March 19-20): went 2-for-2 with a triple and a pair of RBIs in the series opener after entering the game in the seventh inning ... IPFW (March 23): started the home opener at catcher, doubling twice and scoring a run ... Chicago State (March 26-27): started the nightcap of the doubleheader, reaching base safely three times and scoring a run ... Ball State (April 13): started the home win behind the plate, going 1-for-3 with a single, RBI and stolen base; also scored Purdue's first run of the seven-run fourth inning ... Penn State (April 16-18): saw action off the bench in the series opener and finale, delivering a pinch hit single and playing the final eight innings of the series finale after entering the game as a pinch runner ... at Chicago State (April 20): went a season-best 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and scoring a run ... Northwestern (April 24-25): started both games of the doubleheader in right field, scoring Purdue's first run in game one and driving in a run with a base hit in the nightcap ... at Indiana (April 30-May 2): started the series opener in right field, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the Purdue win ... Butler (May 18): started the home win behind the plate, delivering a game-tying RBI single in the seventh inning ... at Iowa (May 21-22): played in all three games of the series, starting both ends of the doubleheader and connecting for a pinch hit home run in the finale; was 2-for-3 in the nightcap of the May 21 doubleheader ... Big Ten Tournament (May 26-28): saw action off the bench in three of the four games, walking twice as a pinch hitter.
Hit .330 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs his sophomore year.
Earned two varsity letters in baseball at Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Team won the IHSAA 4A state championship his junior year ... First team all-conference as a senior ... Second team all-conference as a junior ... High school teammate of current Purdue senior Kevin Cahill ... Also earned three varsity letters in hockey.
Full name is Payton Alexander Bieker ... Born Dec. 20, 1988 in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Son of Mark and Donna Bieker ... Father is an Indiana University graduate ... Has a sister, Jessica ... Intends to major in health and fitness with career aspirations to be a teacher and coach.