Softball Notes

  • A graduate of the University of Iowa, head coach Carol Bruggeman was an Academic All-American and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection throughout her career as a Hawkeye.
  • Purdue was 39-16-1 in its first five seasons vs. schools from the state of Indiana: Ball State (5-1), Butler (3-4-1), Evansville (3-1), Indiana (3-7), Indiana State (9-3), IUPU-Fort Wayne (2-0), Indianapolis (2-0), Notre Dame (4-0), and Valparaiso (8-0).
  • In August of 1997, Head Coach, Carol Bruggeman, was inducted into the Iowa Softball Association hall of Fame in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.
  • Purdue's Sheryl Scheve, pitcher, and Jenny Schoen, outfield, were the first two Boilermakers to be drafted to play in the Women's Professional Fastpitch league for the Durham Dragons. Sam Mercier, second base, was drafted by the Tampa Bay FireStix the following year.
  • Purdue's first-ever softball victory came at the expense of the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington, 5-1 at the Hampton Inn - Lady Pirate Invitational in Greenville, N.C. The Boilermakers' collective record for its first two years was 44-48-1 (.478).
  • The 21 wins posted by the 1994 team in Purdue's inaugural season is the most for a first-year program in Big Ten softball history.
  • Purdue's Jenny Schoen was named the 1994 Indiana Miss Softball winner by Hoosier Diamond magazine. Crystal Inman was the 1996 Indiana Miss Softball.
  • The Purdue Varsity Softball Complex was awarded the 1997 NATIONAL Field Maintenance Award for the efforts in maintaining the field, as well as the actual playing field itself.


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