Student-athletes, coaches, administrators kick off school year
Mallory Baker and Erika Beeler earn Big Ten postseason accolades
Softball honored several student-athletes at its postseason banquet
Eight student-athletes will intern throughout Purdue Athletics
Boilermakers win their fifth straight and remain undefeated in conference play
High School:Three-time all-conference selection, earning first team honors as a junior and senior and second team accolades as a sophomore ... a three-time all-county selection, garnering recognition her last three years ... earned Western's Outstanding Pitcher Award her freshman, junior and senior years ... led team to section titles in 2011 and 2014 and regional title in 2011 ... named Section Championship Pitcher ... 131 strikeouts as senior and pitched a no hitter ... named player of the game three times ... four-year academic honor roll member.
Personal:Given name is Erika Layne Beeler ... parents are Jeffrey and Jami Beeler, both Purdue alums ... mother was a member of the Gold Dusters dance team ... has one brother, Josh ... aunt Leah (Beeler) Tate and uncle Brian Beeler are Purdue alums ... plans to major in agriculture sales and marketing ... has volunteered or been a part of Boys and Girls Club, March of Dimes, Relay for Life and Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes ... also supervised Daddy & Daughter Dance at local YMCA, donated and volunteered at local women's shelter, assisted with peer tutoring and assisted with BINGO at local nursing home.
Sweet or salty: Sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
Dogs or cats: Dogs
Cooking or eating: Cooking
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: Quiet country
Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: New York
Place I dream of visiting someday: Italy
Person I look up to most & why: I look up to both of my parents. I'm very thankful for their support, guidance and encouragement through the years. I know I would not be where I am today without them.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): Making a great play
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): Not striking out
Best Feeling in the circle (pitching): Executing the change up
Favorite thing about my position (s): Striking opponents out
Three words that describe me: Respectful, Motivated, and Determined
One word to describe my game: Gritty
Team I am most excited to play in 2017: IU
My most memorable sports moment: Throwing my first shutout.
Celebrity crush: Carrie Underwood
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Reese Witherspoon (AKA: my twin)
Person I would like to have dinner with: Carrie Underwood
Best non-athletic talent: Baking
My stupid human trick is: Making a clover with my tongue.
Dream job: My dream is to become a softball coach and own a small farmhouse décor shop (with a bakery inside).
Song I have to listen to before a game: Country Music
Favorite thing about playing at Bittinger Stadium: The locker room
Place I am most excited to play in 2017: Hawaii
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: My pastors (Pastor Steve and Pastor Dave).
Favorite sweet treat: ANYTHING Chocolate!
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite holiday: CHRISTMAS! (I love decorating)
Favorite sport besides softball: Lifting/ Training
Favorite sports team: Pacers
Favorite Athlete: Paul George
Favorite TV show: The Real Housewives
Favorite Book: What Drives Winning
Favorite Musical Artist: Carrie Underwood/ Jason Crabb
Favorite type of pizza: Pepperoni
Favorite Actress: Mila Kunis
Favorite Foods: Steak and salad
Favorite place on campus: Bittinger Stadium and The Co Rec
Favorite city: Nashville
Favorite outdoor activity: Sand Volleyball
Favorite animal/furry friend: Fluffy and Butters
Favorite class at Purdue: COM 325
Favorite Purdue professor: Dr. Downey