Purdue Baseball wins the Big Ten Tournament with a victory against Indiana.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Coach: Rick Majerus
In His MP3 Player: Black Box
Last Concert He Attended: Steve Miller Band
Favorite Writer: Bill Simmons
Favorite Actor & Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio & Betty White
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: Fourth of July
Favorite Food: Nacho Supreme
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Walking
Favorite Purdue Building: University Hall
Favorite Big City: St. Louis
Unique Travel Locale: Mount Rushmore
Foreign Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Australia
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Hockey
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: 2011 Opening Day Win vs. UConn
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Charles Warren, History
Other Interests: Watching Movies and Playing Video Games
2012 Season Brooks Wallace Award Shortstop of the Year Watch List (25-man edition)... Big Ten All-Tournament Team... Big Ten Player of the Week (May 7)... Academic All-Big Ten... Miller played in 58 games, starting all at shortstop... sat out only the series finale of the Michigan State series... honored as the team's Defensive Player of the Year Award winner... committed only 10 errors in 272 defensive chances... contributed to 36 of the 59 double plays turned by the Boilers... hit safely in all three games of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge and the series at UCLA... scored a run in all three games of the Auburn Tournament, Big Ten Tournament and series at UCLA... named Big Ten Player of the Week after a 6-for-10 series at UCLA, hitting a home run in game two and drawing three free passes in the series... reached base safely and drove in a run in each of his at-bats in the 10-run ninth inning rally at UCLA... had four hits in wins at Wichita State and against Anderson at Victory Field in Downtown Indianapolis... went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the win at Missouri State in his return to his native Show Me State... homered and drove in three runs in wins at Ball State and Nebraska... went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the win at Illinois-Chicago... went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Big Ten Tournament championship game win against Indiana... drove in a run in the first two games of the NCAA Regional... finished his Purdue career with 64 walks versus 41 strikeouts... his .428 career on-base percentage ranks 13th in program history.
2011 Season Academic All-Big Ten... Miller played in 53 games, starting 46 games at shortstop... started all 24 Big Ten games and the three Big Ten Tournament games at shortstop... took over as the starter at short during the Morehead State series (Feb. 26-27) after playing only briefly during the season-opening weekend... batted leadoff in each of the final seven games of the year... honored as the team's Clyde Lyle Award winner (top non-scholarship performer)... led the Big Ten in walks and on-base percentage... tallied 55 free passes (41 walks, 14 HBP) versus 24 strikeouts... recorded 24 walks versus only 11 strikeouts in Big Ten play, leading the league in walks in conference play as well... contributed to 21 of 44 double plays turned by Purdue... went 5-for-7 with the bases loaded... reached base safely 48 percent of the time when leading off an inning... batted .361 with runners in scoring position, the second-highest such average on the team... with a runner on third and less than two outs, plated that runner in 17 of his 23 opportunities (74 percent)... recorded 11 of his 33 RBIs with two outs... reached base safely in 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak on the team... went a combined 12-for-19 with six walks and seven RBIs in the Morehead State and Lipscomb series to earn his spot in the regular lineup... was 8-for-23 with 13 walks and 10 RBIs, while not committing an error defensively, during the nine-game road stretch in April... finished the month of April with a .541 on-base percentage thanks to a 13 hits and 24 walks... batted .304 with 26 walks and 25 RBIs in true road games... hit all three of his homers in true road games... posted a .500 on-base percentage and committed only one error in the while starting all 12 Big Ten road games... hit safely in all three games of the Indiana and Illinois series... drove in a run in all three games of the Penn State series... scored a run in all three games of the Indiana series... at Morehead State (Feb. 26-27): started the final three games of the series, finishing the weekend 8-for-13 with four RBIs after recording multiple hits and an RBI in each game he played... at Lipscomb (March 4-6): went 4-for-6 with a home run, four walks and four runs scored in the Sunday doubleheader sweep, connecting for a solo homer while going 3-for-3 in game one... at Louisville (March 8): walked, drove in a run and scored a run in the midweek win... at Tennessee Tech (March 18-20): finished the series 3-for-9 with a home run and five RBIs, going deep in the opener and recording a pair of hits in the eight-run ninth inning that lifted the team to the rubber game win... Bradley (March 25-27): went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in the home victory... at Minnesota (April 1-2): went hitless in the series but drew five walks, including three in the finale... Michigan (April 8-10): singled twice, walked three times and stole three bases, reaching base safely three times and stealing a pair of bases in the series-opening win... at Ball State (April 12): delivered a two-run single, walked and scored twice in the comeback win... at Penn State (April 15-17): reached base safely nine times in the series, going 4-for-9 with five walks and four RBIs; had three hits in the opener and recorded five walks and three RBIs in the Sunday doubleheader... at Illinois-Chicago (April 20): scored three times and drove in a pair of runs in the midweek win... at Northwestern (April 23-24): reached base safely five times in the series-opening win, singling twice and drawing a pair of walks... Indiana (April 30-May 1): went 4-for-11 with four runs scored, hitting safely and scoring a run in all three games of the sweep... at Michigan State (May 6-8): homered in the series opener and reached base safely six times for the weekend... Ball State (May 11): recorded three hits and three RBIs, reaching base safely in each of his first four plate appearances... Illinois-Chicago (May 17): in his first game as the leadoff man, reached base safely four times thanks to three walks and a hit by pitch... at Big Ten Tournament (May 25-27): went 3-for-14 at the plate and did not commit an error defensively, recording two hits in the loss to Minnesota... Big Ten Rankings: first in walks and on-base percentage, and third in hit by pitch... National Rankings: 30th in walks per game and 66th in on-base percentage... Purdue Single-Season Rankings: seventh in walks and 11th in on-base percentage.
Junior College Played his first two collegiate seasons at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill. ... earned First Team All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and First Team All-Region 24 honors in 2010... batted .457 with 25 extra-base hits, 40 RBIs and a .542 on-base percentage as a sophomore ... helped SICC win the Region 24 Tournament and finish as the runner-up in the Northern District in 2009, batting .338 with 11 extra-base hits and a .482 on-base percentage ... two-time athletics director's and presidential honor roll student.
High School Four-year letter-winner at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis ... played two years of varsity baseball as an upperclassman, also played basketball as an underclassman ... First Team All-Metro Catholic Conference and Second Team All-Metro performer as a senior, helping SLU High finish third at the MHSAA state tournament ... batted .434 as a senior, .412 as a junior ... earned secondary academic honors all four years of high school.
Personal Full name is David Joseph Miller ... born May 31, 1990 in St. Louis ... son of Patrick and Joan Miller, his father playing collegiate baseball at Saint Louis ... also has two older brothers, Patrick and Geoff, and two younger sisters, Jenny and Kelly ... majoring in history with a career ambition of pursuing a career as a teacher and coach.