News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Three-year starter set to become fourth Boilermaker to play in MLB game this year
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Alumni Bryant, Isom and Perkins help lead their teams to postseason
Dressler, Minch riding consecutive scoreless innings streaks
A photo compilation of Purdue's 2012 Big Ten championship campaign
Cameron Perkins Photo Gallery 2012
Purdue defeats Indiana State on a 10th-inning walk-off.
The 2012 baseball season at Lambert Field.
Purdue Baseball wins the Big Ten Tournament with a victory against Indiana.
Favorite Athlete: Craig Biggio
In His MP3 Player: Crossfade
Last Concert He Attended: Luke Bryan
Favorite Writer: Rick Reilly
Favorite Actor & Actress: Will Smith & Keira Knightley
Favorite Month: September
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Purdue Building: Ford Dining Court
Favorite Big City: Houston
Unique Travel Locale: Florida
Foreign Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Egypt
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Bowling
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Sweeping Indiana in 2011
Furry Friend: Haley, German Shepard
Other Hobbies: Video Games on N64
MLB First-Year Player Draft
Selected by the Philadephia Phillies in the sixth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft... selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 43rd round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
First Team All-Big Ten (unanimous)... First Team ABCA All-Mideast Region... Big Ten All-Tournament Team... Acadmeic All-Big Ten... Big Ten Player of the Week (April 23)... Perkins started all 58 games in which he played, sitting out only the win the Anderson University... led the team in home runs and RBI for the second year in a row... led the Big Ten in RBI... delivered the walk-off RBI in the 14-inning win against Michigan State as well as the 10-inning win against Indiana State in the final game in the history of Lambert Field... established a new Purdue single-season record for at-bats for the second year in a row... went deep twice in Big Ten series-opening wins at Nebraska and Iowa, the latter of the two wins allowing Purdue to clinch the Big Ten title outright... finished his college career with four multi-homer games... connected for the first grand slam by a Boiler since 2010 in the victory against Notre Dame... the Boilers were 7-0 when he went deep in 2012 and 17-4 in his career... posted a streak of eight straight multi-hit efforts during an early-season 11-game hit streak... also hit safely in the final nine games of the season, including all six postseason contests... hit safely in all three games of the Auburn Tournament as well as the series against Murray State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Nebraska and Iowa... scored a run in all three games of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge as well as the series at Murray State and Ohio State... drove in a run in all three games of the Murray State and Northwestern series... finished the Nebraska series 5-for-13 with five RBI and four runs scored to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors for a second time in his career... recorded his 100th career RBI and 100th run scored in two different victories at the Auburn Tournament... posted his 200th career hit in the finale of the Northwestern series... also homered in wins against Missouri State, Wichita State, IPFW and the Big Ten title clincher versus Michigan... hit a game-tying homer to lead off the seventh inning to jump start the offense in the home win against IPFW... drove in a run in six straight games in early April... beat out a two-out infield single that knocked in the game-tying tally in the 10-run ninth inning rally at UCLA... recorded back-to-back four hit games in the Murray State series... delivered a two-out RBI single and later doubled and scored in the Big Ten Tournament winner's bracket final victory against Indiana... had a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning of the NCAA Regional win versus Valparaiso... ranked among the Purdue single-season leaders in hits, runs scored, RBI and total bases... finished his career ranked among the Purdue all-time leaders in at-bats, batting average, hits, runs scored, RBI, doubles, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and hit by pitch.
Third Team All-Big Ten... Academic All-Big Ten... Big Ten Player of the Week (April 11)... Perkins started 56 games, all but the finale of the Tennessee-Martin series... made 41 starts at third base but moved across the diamond and finished the year as the first baseman... also pitched in relief in two games, game two of the Northwestern series and the home win against Ball State... led the team in hits (81), home runs (8), RBIs (53), slugging percentage (.552) and hit by pitch (19)... also led the Big Ten in hit by pitch... established a new program single-season record for at-bats (232) and hit by pitch... honored as the team's Offensive Player of the Year... reached base safely at least once in all 56 games he played, a streak that stands at 63 consecutive games dating back to 2010... posted a career-best 20-game hitting streak from March 20 through April 23... failed to collect a hit in only six of the 56 games he played... hit safely in the first 10 games of the year to post a 14-game streak dating back to the 2010 Big Ten Tournament... led the team with 23 multi-hit and 23 multi-RBI games... batted a team-best .351 and hit five of his eight home runs in Big Ten play... went 4-for-8 with the bases loaded... reached base safely a team-best 54 percent of the time when leading off an inning... batted a team-best .363 with runners in scoring position... recorded 20 of his 53 RBIs with two outs in an inning... batted .387 with seven extra-base hits and a team-high 11 RBIs in February... drove in a team-best 12 runs during the early-season eight-game win streak... led the way with a .385 average and 20 RBIs in April... hit five of his eight home runs in true road games... batted .368 with 11 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs at home, 15 of those RBIs coming in Big Ten action... eight of his 18 hits in the month of May went for extra bases... earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for a big series against Michigan in which he recorded multiple hits in all three games... also had multiple hits in the next two midweek contests, finishing that five-game stretch 12-for-21... also hit safely in every game of the Big East-Big Ten Challenge and Big Ten Tournament as well as series against Morehead State, Lipscomb, Minnesota, Penn State, Indiana and Michigan State... scored a run in every game of the Morehead State and Michigan State series... homered twice and recorded a career-high six RBIs in the series finale against Indiana, posting his second collegiate multi-homer game and the first six-RBI effort by a Boiler since 2009... homered in each of the first two games of the Big Ten-opening series against Minnesota at Target Field... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 18-20): 4-for-13 weekend was highlighted by an RBI triple in the Connecticut win and an RBI double in the Pittsburgh victory... at Morehead State (Feb. 26-27): recorded two hits in all four games of the series, finishing the weekend 8-for-18 with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs; delivered a two-out, three-run double to give Purdue the lead in the ninth inning of game two... at Lipscomb (March 4-6): went 5-for-15 with four RBIs, highlighted by a two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth inning of the series opener that plated the only run in the 1-0 win... at Belmont (March 16): posted his second collegiate four-hit game, singling four times... Wabash (March 23): delivered an RBI triple and scored a run as part of a two-hit effort... Bradley (March 25-27): scored four times after reaching base safely four times... at Minnesota (April 1-2): drove in five runs with 6-for-12 weekend in which he homered twice; led Purdue to the game two win with three hits and four RBIs... Michigan (April 8-10): finished the weekend 7-for-11 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs, reaching base safely 10 times; doubled, tripled and drove in four runs in the series-opening win... at IPFW (April 13): doubled as part of a three-hit effort in the midweek win... at Penn State (April 15-17): doubled three times as part of 5-for-15 series, going 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the rubber game win... at Northwestern (April 23-24): played third base, first base and made his mound debut in the series, finishing the weekend 3-for-14 with a home run in the opener... Indiana (April 30-May 1): while starting all three games at first base finished the weekend 5-for-12 with eight RBIs thanks to a monster series finale in which he recorded three extra-base hits, including two homers, and a career-high six RBIs... at Michigan State (May 6-8): hit safely and scored a run in all three games, finishing the weekend 4-for-13... Ball State (May 11): homered and scored three times as part of a two-hit effort in the midweek win... Illinois (May 13-15): started all three games at third base and all three of hits in the series went for extra bases, including a pair of doubles in the opener... at Big Ten Tournament (May 25-27): reached base safely six times in the three games, finishing 3-for-10 while extending his hitting streak in Big Ten Tournament action to seven consecutive games... Big Ten Rankings: first in hit by pitch; fourth in hits, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage; fifth in home runs; sixth in triples; and eighth in batting average... Purdue Single-Season Rankings: first in at-bats and hit by pitch, sixth in hits, eighth in total bases, ninth in doubles12th in RBIs... Purdue All-Time Rankings: seventh in hit by pitch.
Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball... Perkins played in all 57 games and started 55 times, splitting time between first and third base ... began the season as the starting first baseman and ended it as the starting third baseman ... led the team in games started and was one of only two players to see action in every game ... led the team in hits, doubles and runs scored while ranking second in batting average, home runs and at-bats ... committed only nine errors in 230 defensive chances and helped Purdue turn 22 double plays ... batted .326 and hit four of his eight home runs in Big Ten play ... ranked among the team leaders with 21 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI efforts ... posted a 10-game hitting streak April 13-25 and hit safely in a team-high 13 consecutive Big Ten games from April 16 through May 14 ... also hit safely in all four Big Ten Tournament games ... led the team with a .363 batting average at home ... batted .313 with a team-high 25 runs scored in true road games ... batted .349 with six extra-base hits in Purdue's 10 neutral-site games ... led the way with a .389 average and 13 extra-base hits in March ... closed the season strong, batting .367 while committing only two errors at third base in May ... hit safely in all three games of the Southern Illinois, Chicago State, Penn State, Northwestern and Indiana series ... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 26-March 1): started all four games at first base, hitting safely in three of the four games; connected for a solo home run against Villanova in his collegiate debut ... at Southern Illinois (March 5-7): had two hits in all three games of the series to finish the weekend 6-for-13 with a double, two walks and three runs scored; made his first start at third base in game two of the set ... at Evansville Tournament (March 12-14): finished the weekend 4-for-13 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs, highlighted by a 3-for-5, two-double showing against Morehead State ... at Eastern Kentucky (March 16-17): connected for a solo home run as part of a 3-for-5 effort in the game two win ... Chicago State (March 26-27): led the way in the series sweep with a 8-for-13 weekend, driving in four runs and scoring four times while hitting safely and scoring a run in all three games; went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the opener ... at Missouri (March 30-31): helped lead Purdue to victory in game two of the midweek series with 3-for-4 day, connecting for a two-run homer in the second inning ... Minnesota (April 2-4): now the full-time starter at third base, delivered a walk-off double in the 10th inning of the series-opening win ... at Illinois State (April 14): went 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored in the midweek win at the Missouri Valley Conference champions ... Penn State (April 16-18): had a hit and scored a run in all three games of the series sweep, finishing the weekend 5-for-13 with a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored; hit a two-run homer and scored three times in opener ... Northwestern (April 24-25): led the way with a 5-for-11 series, connecting for a pair of solo homers in the finale ... at Indiana (April 30-May 2): went 4-for-15 with two RBIs and two runs scored ... Michigan State (May 8-10): finished the weekend 4-for-12 with a double and two runs scored, collecting two hits and scoring twice in the game one win ... at Illinois (May 14-16): saw his 13-game hitting streak in Big Ten play snapped in the middle game after a 3-for-4 effort in the series-opening win ... at Iowa (May 21-22): scored a run in all three games, finishing the weekend 4-for-10 with a double, home run and five runs scored; went 3-for-4 with both extra-base hits in the middle game of the series ... Big Ten Tournament (May 26-28): posted a pair of three-hit games in the final two games of the tourney to finish the weekend 8-for-18 with three RBIs and no strikeouts; singled and doubled home runs in the win against Indiana ... Purdue Single-Season Rankings: ninth in doubles, 12th in at-bats at total bases.
Four-year letterwinner in baseball at Southport High School in Indianapolis ... Team MVP his junior and senior seasons ... First team all-state and all-county as junior and senior ... Three-time all-conference honoree (2007-09) ... Career school record holder with 33 doubles ... Set school records his junior year in batting average (.723), hits (60), home runs (9), doubles (20) and RBI (56) ... Hit .523 with three home runs, 13 doubles, 38 RBIs and 27 runs scored his senior season ... Team won Marion County championship in 2008 and 2009 ... Graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.
Full name is Cameron Edward Perkins ... Born Sept. 27, 1990 in Beaumont, Texas ... Son of Dale Perkins and Patti Boyett ... Has three brothers, Matt, Brandon and Tyler, and one sister, Haleigh ... majoring in movement and sports science.