Photos of Purdue's season-opening series at Tennessee courtesy of Brenda Krieg
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Dustin Pedroia
Favorite Pro Stadium: Busch Stadium
Current Teammate Most Likely to Become a Coach: Kyle Upp
Toughest Pitcher for Him to Face Among Teammates: Gavin Downs
Current MLB Pitcher He'd Most Like to Face: Justin Verlander
Person He'd Most Like to Have Dinner With: Kevin Hart
In His MP3 Player: Mike Stud
Favorite Actor & Actress: Will Ferrell & Mila Kunis
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: St. Louis
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Spain
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Snowboarding
Other Sports He Enjoys Playing: Basketball & Football
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: Night Games
Most Memorable Weekend at Purdue: 2013 Tournament at Mississippi State
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Pat Connolly, Computer Graphics Technology
Furry Friend: Skittles, Dachshund
2013 Season Strong played in 33 games and started 26 times... beginning with the March 31 win at Penn State, started 22 of the final 28 games of the season... started games at four different positions - second base (14), right field (7), left field (3) and third base (2) - and also saw action at catcher... led the team with a .436 on-base percentage thanks in part to 25 free passes (19 walks, 6 HBP)... .492 on-base percentage in Big Ten play would have led the league but he fell six plate appearances shy of the minimum to qualify... was the most difficult Boiler to strikeout in 2013, fanning only seven times in 83 at-bats (111 plate appearances)... connected for his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot, in the series opener at Illinois... reached base safely in 16 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team, and 19 consecutive games in which he started... reached base safely a team-best 48 percent of the time when leading off an inning... batted .346 with runners in scoring position; with a man on third and less than two outs, plated that runner in all seven of his opportunities... batted .302 (13-for-43) with a .474 on-base percentage at Alexander Field... went 8-for-23 with just one strikeout in Big Ten road action... hit safely and scored a run in all three games of the Southern Illinois series... had a game-tying RBI double and four walks in the middle game of the Northwestern series, becoming the first Boiler to draw four walks in a game since 2009... finished the Illinois series 4-for-8 with three walks, three RBI and four runs scored... had a .527 on-base percentage in April thanks to 11 hits and 18 free passes... recorded his first collegiate hit as part of a 2-for-4 while making his first start, March 3 at Samford... had an RBI double while reaching safely three times in the midweek home date with Indiana State... drew a two-out walk in front of Jack Picchiotti's game-tying single in the four-run two-out ninth inning rally in the series finale win at Michigan.
High School Strong was a four-year varsity starter at catcher for coach Jake Burton at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Ind.... two-time Lafayette Journal and Courier Big School Player of the Year as an upperclassman... batted .500 as a junior, .482 as a senior to garner honorable mention all-state and All-Hoosier Crossroad Conference honors... played for the north team at the 2012 North/South All-Star Game... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore after batting .333... honored as the team's rookie of the year as a freshman.
Personal Full name is Cody Austin Strong... born in Lafayette, Ind.... parents are Tim and Paula Strong... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision with a career ambition of becoming a sports agent.