Purdue Baseball wins the Big Ten Tournament with a victory against Indiana.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Frank Thomas
In His MP3 Player: Drake
Last Concert He Attended: Kenny Chesney
Favorite Writer: Rick Reilly
Favorite Actor & Actress: Adam Sandler & Brooklyn Decker
Favorite Month: September
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Bean Bags
Favorite Purdue Building: Lambert Fieldhouse
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Cayman Islands
Foreign Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Italy
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: His First Game
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Dr. Bridges
Furry Friend: Duke, Puggle
2012 Season Bridges played in 40 games and started 27 times as a first baseman and designated hitter... opened the year as the starting first baseman and finished the year strong, starting each of the final 16 games... posted five straight multi-hit games in early May to play his way back into the lineup... went 11-for-19 with five walks and six RBI during that stretch... homered as part of a three-hit, three-RBI effort in the series-opening win at Iowa that clinched the Big Ten title outright... hit safely in all three games of the Iowa series... went 3-for-7 as the starting designated hitter in both games of the doubleheader sweep at Ohio State to open Big Ten play... had two hits, an RBI and a run scored as the starting DH in the rubber game win at Nebraska... finished the day with three hits and reached base safely twice in the 10-run ninth inning comeback win at UCLA... had two hits in the season-opening win against Connecticut... singled twice in the NCAA Regional win against Valparaiso in his return to Northwest Indiana.
2011 Season Bridges played in 27 games and started 24 times at first base before suffering a season-ending injury in the finale of the Michigan series (April 10)... suffered a broken leg on a collision at first base after executing a sacrifice bunt... his defensive skills scooping low throws at first base were missed after his season-ending injury; he committed only error and posted a .995 fielding percentage... batted .353 with runners in scoring position and .344 with two outs in an inning... led the way with an 11-for-22 showing during the early-season eight-game win streak... batted .296 with five extra-base hits and a team-high 10 RBIs during the spring break trip, starting all eight games... homered in back-to-back games on the spring break trip... went on to hit .310 with seven extra-base hits and a team-high 16 RBIs in March, contributing seven sacrifices (4 sac flies, 3 sac bunts)... batted .385 with seven doubles and 16 RBIs in true road games... hit safely in all three games of the Lipscomb series... recorded three straight multi-hit games during a six-game hit streak in March... started 16 consecutive games at first from March 8 through April 2... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 18-20): doubled and scored as part of a two-hit effort against Notre Dame... at Lipscomb (March 4-6): finished the weekend 4-for-10 with a double and an RBI, going 2-for-2 in the series finale after entering the game as a pinch hitter... at Louisville (March 8): recorded two singles, a walk and a sac bunt in the midweek win... at Tennessee-Martin (March 11-13): enjoyed a productive series, finishing the weekend 4-for-11 with two doubles, three RBIs and two walks while not striking out; reached base safely four times in the series opener and knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning of the middle game with a sacrifice fly... at Belmont (March 16): connected for a two-run homer... atTennessee Tech (March 18-20): hit a two-run homer while driving in three runs in the opener, finishing the weekend three walks, two sac flies and five RBIs... Bradley (March 25-27): drove in three runs in the home win thanks to a sac fly and two-run double... IPFW (March 29): singled and scored twice in the midweek win... at Minnesota (April 1-2): was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs when he had to leave game two of the series with a finger injury... Michigan (April 8-10): returned to the lineup and started all three games of the series, driving in the first run of the game one win with a sacrifice fly.
2010 Season Bridges played in 36 games and started 25 times, primarily at first and third base ... began the season as the starting third baseman and closed it as the starting first baseman ... batted a team-best .351 in Big Ten play ... batted .317 with runners in scoring position ... posted the longest hitting streak on the team in 2010, a personal-best 13-game run from April 6 through May 14 ... batted .458 with eight multi-hit efforts and only two strikeouts during the 13-game streak ... batted .393 with five doubles and only two strikeouts in 28 at-bats at Lambert Field ... batted .347 with 10 RBIs in true road games ... went 6-for-12 in midweek action ... was 11-for-22 with four doubles in April while returning to the starting lineup at the end of the month ... started 14 of the 16 games in May, leading the team with 15 runs scored while recording 14 RBIs and connecting for both of his home runs ... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 26-March 1): started all four games at third base, recording a hit in three of the four games; went 1-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored against West Virginia ... at Evansville Tournament (March 12-14): started at third base against Morehead State, going 1-for-3 with a run scored ... Chicago State (March 26-27): went 2-for-5 with four RBIs in the series sweep, starting the series finale at third base ... at Missouri (March 30-31): started game one of the midweek series at third base, reaching base safely twice and scoring a run ... at Illinois State (April 14): delivered pinch hit, run-scoring double in the victory ... at Chicago State (April 20): went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored after entering the game as a pinch hitter ... Northwestern (April 24-25): went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, starting games two and three of the series ... at Indiana (April 30-May 2): recorded multiple hits in all three games of the series, finishing the set 7-for-15 with home run, five RBIs and four runs scored; connected for a two-run homer in the middle game, recording two hits in Purdue's seven-run fifth inning ... Michigan State (May 8-10): also hit safely and scored a run in all three games of the series, finishing the weekend 5-for-13, two doubles and two RBIs ... at Illinois (May 14-16): saw his hitting streak end in the middle game Saturday, but came back Sunday and hit a two-run homer to help Purdue win the rubber game ... at Iowa (May 21-22): went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the series finale ... Big Ten Tournament (May 26-28): started all four games at first base, recording either a hit and a scored or an RBI in all three games, finishing the tourney 4-for-19 with two walks, three RBIs and six runs scored; went 2-for-6 with three runs scored in the win against Indiana.
2009 Season Batted .136 with four RBIs and two runs scored in 12 games played ... at Southeast Missouri State (Feb. 27): Made first career start and scored first run ... at Butler (March 11): Collected first collegiate hit, a single .. vs. SIU Edwardsville (March 21): Went 1 for 3 with first RBI and a run scored ... Ball State (April 8): Drove in two runs and finished the game 1 for 2.
2008 Season Saw action in 11 games and started six times before a backinjury sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... granted a medical redshirt ... started games against Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Ohio and Northwestern, primarily as the DH ... went 2-for-7 in the WKU series ... walked four times and recorded an RBI in the March 15 doubleheader at Ohio, finishing the series 3-for-6.
High School Earned four letters at Griffith High School ... Was a four-time all-conference and all-area honoree, earning first team selections to the all-conference and all-area teams as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Served as team captain as a sophomore and junior ... Selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game as a senior ... Helped team claim sectional championships as a freshman and senior ... Also earned one letter in basketball.
Personal Full name is Ryan Michael Bridges ... Born Sept. 21, 1988, in Munster, Ind. ... Son of Scott and Kris Bridges ... Has two sisters, Brittany and Katie ... Majoring in Physical Education.