Boilermakers host Penn State for the first home weekend of 2014
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete or Coach: Alex Morgan
Favorite Pro Stadium: Heinz Field
Current Teammate Most Likely to Become a Coach: Connor Podkul
Toughest Pitcher for Him to Face Among Teammates: Brett Haan
Current MLB Pitcher He'd Like to Face: Aroldis Chapman
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Matt Damon
In His MP3 Player: Ke$ha
Last Concert He Attended: John Mayer
Favorite Author: John Grisham
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Matt Damon, Kristen Bell & James Cameron
Favorite Month: February
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Breaded Parmesan Chicken
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Water Skiing & Golf
Another Sports He Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Favorite Purdue Building: Rawls Hall
Favorite Big City: Pittsburgh
Unique Travel Locale: Italy
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: England
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: The Locker Room
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Winning 2012 Big Ten Title vs Michigan
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: John Antonio, Computer Science
Furry Friends: Izzy, Bernese Mountain Dog & Russel, Jack Russell Terrier
2014 Season Academic All-Big Ten... Maniago played in 44 games and started 38 times, primarily at third base... made 34 starts at third base and started four straight games at second base in early April... also saw action at shortstop in a reserve role early in the season... started 19 of the 24 Big Ten games... contributed to 11 of Purdue's 54 double plays... did not commit an error in 16 straight games from March 16 through April 12... finished the season strong, seeing average rise from .162 on April 5 to .231 at the end of the year... had day to remember in series-opening win at Michigan State, going 3-for-5 with his first collegiate home run and scoring the go-ahead run in the 11th inning... left-handed hitter batted .295 vs. lefties... batted .333 with two outs... posted back-to-back two-hit games in the first two games of the Rice and Michigan series... also had multi-hit games against LSU, Illinois-Chicago and Iowa... batted .302 with a team-high 11 runs scored in April... reached base safely in eight of his 17 of his plate appearances in midweek action. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
2013 Season Maniago played in 11 games and started the home midweek game against Indiana State at second base... went 2-for-2 with a double in the home game against Eastern Michigan... recorded his first collegiate hit in the Indiana State game... recorded a two-out RBI single during Purdue's four-run ninth inning rally in the season finale against Iowa... scored a run as a pinch runner in road wins against Penn State and Michigan... also saw action in Big Ten games against Ohio State and Northwestern.
2012 Season Did not see action.
2011 Season Did not see action.
High School Three-year varsity letter-winner at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Ind. ... also played four years of varsity tennis ... batted .383 as a senior to earn All-City honors ... helped lead Bishop Chatard to a 2007 sectional championship ... earned Honorable Mention All-State and All-District honors in tennis as a junior ... Trojan Pride Award winner in tennis as a senior ... four-year high honor roll student graduated with honors. Personal Full name is Steven Paul Maniago ... born Feb. 16, 1991 in Indianapolis, Ind. ... son of Pete and Wendee Maniago ... also has two younger siblings, brother P.J. and sister Maggie ... both of his parents are Purdue graduates; his father also playing baseball for the Boilermakers ... pharmacy major intends to pursue a career as a pharmacist.