Get to know seniors Katie Harrison, Mary Gooding
Purdue had 63 student-athletes earn the award.
Infielder likes ice cream, the Kansas City Royals and getting clutch hits.
Get to know the freshman infielder in this rapid-fire Q&A.
2014: Academic All-Big Ten ... Saw action in 44 games, starting 23 - 18 at second base, four as the designated player and one at third base ... batted .217 with 18 hits, including three doubles and a home run ... drove in 11 RBI, including multiple RBI on three occasions ... scored six runs, including the game winner against Tennessee Tech ... put together a pair of three-game hit steaks ... tallied two multi-hit efforts with two hits each vs. #9 Florida State and Houston ... drew six walks, lifted one sacrifice fly and laid down a sacrifice bunt ... made good on lone stolen base attempt.
2013: Saw action in 30 games, starting 16 at shortstop and 10 as the designated player ... posted .232 average, including a triple vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... scored four runs ... drew five walks and was hit by a pitch twice ... put together a six-game hit streak from Feb. 23 - March 3 ... reached base in 17 of 30 games ... stole three bases.
High School: A two-time Eastern Kansas League Selection, garnering first team honors as a sophomore and second team honors as a junior ... batted .421 with a .554 on-base percentage and just one strikeout in 75 at-bats as a sophomore ... posted a .390 average with a .419 on-base percentage her junior season ... owns Blue Valley North school record with 27 runs in a season ... team ranked in the top 10 nationally for GPA her sophomore and junior years, receiving the NFCA Academic All-American Team award ... lettered in track and field as a freshman ... member of the National Honor Society ... received AP Scholar with Distinction honors as a senior ... listed on Principal's Honor Roll all four years ... played summer ball for the KC Zephyrs.
Personal Information: Full name is Mary Catherine Gooding ... born Apr. 19, 1994 ... parents are Stephen and Lynne Gooding ... has three brothers, Lee, Charles and Ben, and two sisters, Julia and Annette ... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.
Sweet or salty: Salty Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla
Dogs or cats: Dogs
Cooking or eating: Eating
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: big City
Coolest place I’ve ever been/or most unique locale: Maui, Hawaii
Place I dream of visiting someday: Europe
Person I look up to most & why: My brother Lee, because I admire his faith in God and his wisdom.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): Making a diving catch
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): Getting a clutch hit
Favorite thing about my position: Getting make diving catches up the middle
Three words that describe me: easygoing, joyful, goofy
One word to describe my game: fun
Team I am most excited to play in 2016: Nebraska
My most memorable sports moment: When I hit my first homerun in college
Celebrity crush: I don’t have one
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: I have no clue
Person I would like to have dinner with: Jesus
Best non-athletic talent: I am really good at thrift shopping
My stupid human trick is: I can stick out my stomach really far
Dream job: To run a Youth Christian Summer Camp
Song I have to listen to before a game: Anything
Favorite thing about playing at Boilermaker Softball Stadium: Being at home where friends and family can be there to watch
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Nebraska
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: My Mom
Favorite sweet treat: cookies and ice cream
Favorite ice cream flavor: cookies and cream
Favorite holiday: Christmas!
Favorite sport besides softball: Basketball
Favorite sports team: Royals
Favorite Athlete: I don't have one
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite Movie: A walk to Remember
Favorite Book: Redeeming Love
Favorite Musical Artist: Needtobreathe or Rend Collective
Favorite type of pizza: bbq chicken
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Aniston
Favorite Food: Tacos!
Favorite place on campus: dining courts
Favorite city: Kansas City!
Favorite outdoor activity: Hammocking
Favorite animal/furry friend: My penguin pillow pet
Favorite class at Purdue: OLS 467, Service Learning
Favorite Purdue professor: Beth Nichols