News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Seven Boilermakers named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes
Softball's seniors embody what it means to be a Boilermaker
Purdue sets a facility record in its comeback victory over Nebraska
Gophers sweep Saturday's doubleheader to win the series
2016: Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 41 games, starting 32, 28 at catcher and four as the designated player ... batted at a .244 clip with three doubles and two home runs ... accounted for 11 runs, including the game winner against Syracuse, and eight RBI, including the game winners against Iowa and Butler ... put together a four-game hit streak from February 12 to 19 ... reached base in seven straight games Feb. 12 to 26 ... tallied multiple hits in four games, including a three-hit effort at Iowa ... posted four perfect days at the plate ... drew 10 walks and was hit by a pitch three times ... laid down three sacrifice bunts and lifted one sac fly ... defensively, made good on 98 percent of her 192 chances ... has thrown out 10 of 39 potential base stealers.
2015: Saw action in 56 games, starting 53 at catcher, two as the designated player ... batted .267 with 32 RBI, 17 runs, eight doubles, one triple and eight home runs ... drove in a team-best eight game-winning RBI and three game-tying efforts ... scored three game-tying runs ... reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 43 of 56 games, including a stretch of 13 straight games Feb. 6 to Feb. 21 ... posted multiple hits in seven games, including five perfect days at the plate and a 3-for-3 effort against Nebraska ... drew 24 walks and was hit by a pitch six times ... stole two bases and laid down one sacrifice bunt ... batted .237 in Big Ten play with eight RBI and four doubles ... defensively, posted a .983 fielding percentage, making good on 399 of 406 chances ... threw out 12 potential base stealers (37 of 49).
High School: An all-state selection ... earned first team all-section honors each of her four years, while guiding the team to a top six finish at AIA State playoffs in 2013 and a top four finish in 2014 ... as a senior, garnered second team all-state honors from AZ Central Sports as well as first team all-division and first team all-section accolades ... Verrado's four-time defensive player of the year ... acted as team captain her junior and senior seasons ... A National Honor Society member ... among the top 10 percent of her graduating class academically ... logged more than 300 hours of community service as a prepster ... a four-year AIA scholar athlete ... has been a part of Health Occupation Students of America for two years.
Personal: Full name is Kaylah Christine Hampton ... born May 14, 1996 ... parents are Tee and Nichole Hampton ... has one brother, Junior ... played travel ball for the Arizona Storm - Beach ... majoring in movement and sport sciences.
Sweet or salty: Sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla
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: Havana, Cuba
Place I dream of visiting someday: Greece.
Person I look up to most & why:My mom. She is the strongest woman I know.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): I love blocking, especially with a runner on third.
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): Getting a clutch hit for my team.
Favorite thing about my position:Blocking or throwing someone out.
Three words that describe me: Loyal, Hardworking, Goal-Oriented
One word to describe my game: Passionate
Team I am most excited to play in 2017: Arizona State
My most memorable sports moment: Hitting my first home run
Celebrity crush: Justin Bieber
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Sanaa Lathan
Person I would like to have dinner with: FDR
Best non-athletic talent: I'm secretly a gamer
My stupid human trick is: I can do this thing with my eyebrows
Dream job: Superintendent
Song I have to listen to before a game: Ambition by Wale
Favorite thing about playing at Bittinger Stadium: It is a second home.
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Illinois
Place I am most excited to play in 2017: Hawaii
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: My great grandma
Favorite sweet treat: Twizzlers
Favorite ice cream flavor: Bubble gum
Favorite holiday: Halloween
Favorite sport besides softball: Pool
Favorite sports team: New York Yankees
Favorite Athlete: Carlos Beltran
Favorite TV show: The Office
Favorite Movie: Bridge of Spies
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Musical Artist: Drake
Favorite type of pizza: I hate pizza.
Favorite Actress: Amy Poehler
Favorite Food: Cheesy Eggs
Favorite place on campus: The grass outside of Heavilon
Favorite city: San Diego
Favorite outdoor activity: Walking
Favorite class at Purdue: ENGL 492, Composition for English Teachers
Favorite Purdue professor: Christian Knoeller