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Get to know sophomore outfielder Maya Hughes, pitcher Gina Snyder
The pitcher dreams of going to Italy, playing softball professionally and describes her game with the word control.
2015: Saw action in 22 games, starting 10 in the circle ... posted a 7-3 record with 71 strikeouts and three complete games in 65 innings ... held opponents to a .206 batting average, fourth among Big Ten players, while posting a 3.55 ERA, which ranked ninth ... ranked 47th nationally in hits allowed per seven innings (5.28) and 54th in strikeouts per seven innings (7.6) ... struck out five or more batters in four games, including 10 or more twice and a season best 12 against Colgate ... first collegiate victory came against Long Island ... made good on all nine defensive chances ... in Big Ten play, managed a 1-3 record with 17 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
High School: A four-time All-Southern Arizona and All-D1 selection, earning first team honors as a senior, second team honors her freshman and junior years and third team accolades as a sophomore... managed an 11-1 record with a 1.21 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 69 innings as a senior en route to All-Southern Arizona All-Softball Pitcher of the Year honors ... named Max Preps Player of the Game four times, while leading team to the Desert Mountain High School Softball championship ... went 8-4 with a 2.50 ERA and registered 94 strikeouts in 75 innings her junior year ... posted a 3-5 record with a 2.59 ERA and 62 Ks in 46 innings as a sophomore ... registered a 2-0 record with 61 Ks and a 2.39 ERA in 41 innings, while leading the team to the state semi-finals as a rookie ... played travel ball for the Arizona Aztecs 16U team and Arizona Force Gold 18U teams in 2011, winning first place at the USSSA 16U national championships and USSSA Arizona State 16U title with the Aztecs and the 18U state title with the Force Gold ... played for the Arizona Desert Thunder Gold in 2012, which took first place at ASA Gold Nationals, and the Arizona HotShots which finished fifth at the TCS 18U Sparkler/Fireworks tournament ... in 2013, her Lil Saints Gold team finished fifth in the silver division at TCS Nationals ... a four-year honor roll member ... nominated to represent her high school at the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington DC in 2013.
Personal: Full name is Gina Renae Snyder ... born on Sept. 2, 1996 ... parents are Jim and Cara Snyder ... has one brother, Greg ... plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Sweet or salty: sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
Dogs or cats: cats
Cooking or eating:eating
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: To the quiet country
Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: Mexico Place I dream of visiting someday: Italy
Best feeling in the field (defensively): Double plays on bunts
Best Feeling at the plate (pitching):Strikeouts.
Favorite thing about my position: Everything
Three words that describe me: Fun, reliable, hard-working
One word to describe my game:Control
Team I am most excited to play in 2016: Arizona
My most memorable sports moment: Winning nationals
Celebrity crush: Beyoncé
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Amy Schumer
Person I would like to have dinner with:Tre Songs
Best non-athletic talent:Sleeping.
Dream job: Pharmaceutical Research
Song I have to listen to before a game: Big Rings by Drake and Future
Favorite thing about playing at Boilermaker Softball Stadium: Everything
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten besides home: Nowhere. Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am:Family
Favorite sweet treat: Snickers
Favorite ice cream flavor: Peanut Butter
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite sport besides softball: Basketball.
Favorite sports team: Purdue
Favorite Athlete: Taryne Mowatt
Favorite TV Show: Parks and Rec
Favorite Movies: Step Brothers
Favorite Book: Chem lab manual
Favorite Musical Artist:Drake
Favorite Type of Pizza: pepperoni
Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite Food: Mac and cheese
Favorite place on campus: Softball field
Favorite city: Tucson
Favorite outdoor activity: Softball
Favorite animal/furry friend: Kiki.
Favorite class at Purdue: EDPS Favorite Purdue professor:Dr. Chen