News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Junior infielder shares her favorite things and why she loves softball in this Q&A.
Softball racks up 10 hits in win en route to 3-0 start.
Softball scores 20 runs in pair of run-rule victory on opening day.
Boilermakers to play at home on same day seven times this spring.
2014: Saw action in 10 games in the circle, including one start vs. Coastal Carolina, and started one game at first base ... recorded 11 strikeouts in 16.2 innings, including a season best three vs. #13 Louisiana-Lafayette and Samford ... allowed just five walks ... recorded eight at-bats ... drew two walks ... made good on all 14 defensive chances.
2013: Saw action in 18 games, starting 10 at first base and one as the designated player ... tallied three hits in 33 at-bats and drew three walks ... drove in five RBI ... registered one sacrifice and one sacrifice fly ... made good on all but two defensive chance for a .980 fielding percentage.
2012: Saw action in 18 games, starting nine at first base and two as the designated player ... batted .158 with six hits in 38 at-bats, including two doubles and two home runs ... drove in five RBI, including the game winner against Central Arkansas ... scored five runs, including the game winners against Northern Colorado and Central Arkansas... posted a three-game hit streak to start the season ... drew two walks ... converted on pinch hitting opportunities against Notre Dame and Wisconsin ... made good on 97 percent of her defensive chances.
2011: Third team All-Big Ten selection as a utility player ... saw action in 36 games, starting 30: 15 at first base, 12 at designated player and three as the pitcher ... posted a .250 average with five doubles and two home runs, and a .267 average in Big Ten play ... reached base in 21 of 31 games in which she batted ... first hit was a double in the season opener vs. Louisiana Tech ... drove in 10 RBI, including two multi-RBI efforts ... scored nine runs, including a season-best three against IUPUI ... launched two home runs, one each against No. 21 LSU and Valparaiso ... went 2-for-3 at the plate against IUPUI ... drew six walks and was hit by a pitch once ... made good on 98 percent of her defensive opportunities ... saw action in the circle in five games, including three starts, with a 2-0 record ... tossed complete game victories against Iowa State and Southern Illinois ... struck out four batters in 16 innings of work, including three at Southern Illinois and one in 4.1 innings of relief against No. 21 LSU.
High School: An honorable mention Class 3 All-State selection and three-time all-region selection at DuPont Manual High School under coach David Guild ... garnered all-7th Region accolades her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, while earning team Most Outstanding Player accolades her sophomore and junior outings ... an Academic All-State selection ... named team's newcomer of the year as a freshman, while also leading her cheerleading squad to an NCA National Championship ... a three-year volleyball letterwinner, garnering all-district honors as a senior and leading her team to a district title her junior year ... played summer ball for the Louisville Lady Sluggers, which participated in ASA Nationals in 2009 and finished seventh at the Colorado Fireworks in 2008 ... also played for the Louisville Stunners 14U team that won the USSSA National Championship in 2007, bringing her most valuable player honors.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Brittany Grant ... born Feb. 20, 1992 ... parents are Carl and Tonya Grant ... has one brother, Derrick ... plans to major in veterinary medicine.