Purdue finished with 212 all-academic picks in 2015-16
Learn a little more about the two sophomore catchers
News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Catcher likes Carlos Beltran, dreams of visiting her grandparents in Hawaii and becoming an English or history educator.
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 ... plans to major in movement and sport sciences.
Sweet or salty: Sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla
Dogs or cats: Cats all the way!
Cooking or eating: Eating, I'm an awful cook.
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: To the quiet country.
Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: I've been to Cuba!
Place I dream of visiting someday: I would love to go to Greece.
Person I look up to most & why: I look up to my little brother the most. He inspires me to keep working hard and chasing my dreams.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): Throwing a runner out.
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): Getting a clutch hit for my team.
Favorite thing about my position: I love that I get to be involved in every play.
Three words that describe me: Friendly, Hardworking, Easy-going
One word to describe my game: Aggressive
Team I am most excited to play in 2016: University of Arizona
My most memorable sports moment: Beating Texas A&M
Celebrity crush: Justin Bieber
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Ellen DeGeneres
Person I would like to have dinner with: Martin Luther King Jr
Best non-athletic talent: I'm on level 920 in Candy Crush
Dream job: To be a language arts teacher
Song I have to listen to before a game: OG Bobby Johnson by Que
Favorite thing about playing at Boilermaker Softball Stadium: I really love that there is a bathroom in the dugout
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Ohio State
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: My parents
Favorite sweet treat: Sugar cookies
Favorite ice cream flavor: Bubble gum or Mint chocolate chip
Favorite holiday: Halloween
Favorite sport besides softball: Baseball
Favorite sports team: Yankees
Favorite Athlete: Carlos Beltran
Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation
Favorite Movie: Red Tails
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Musical Artist: Drake
Favorite type of pizza: I don't like pizza.
Favorite Actress: Amy Poehler
Favorite Food: Pork Chops
Favorite place on campus: The loop
Favorite city: San Diego
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking
Favorite animal/furry friend: My kitten Sparkle
Favorite class at Purdue: All of my teaching classes
Favorite Purdue professor: Sara Daniel, Math 153 TA