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Four other leadership positions filled, as well
Get to know junior utility Kristen Hoppman, pitcher Katie Johnson
Infielder loves cheesecake, the Green Bay Packers and drawing.
A Q&A with the freshman shortstop.
Purdue vs Ball State
2014: Saw action in 47 games, starting 40 - 36 at shortstop, three at third base and one as the designated player ... batting .206 with 14 hits, including four for extra bases ... first collegiate hit was a single against #13 Louisiana-Lafayette ... first collegiate home run came against Illinois ... scored 10 runs, including the game-winner against Michigan State and two game-tying scores ... drove in five RBI, including the game-winner against Houston ... put together a five-game hit streak from Feb. 23-28 ... recorded three multi-hit efforts and three perfect days at the plate.
High School: A two-time all-state selection, earning second team honors as a junior and first team honors as a senior ... the 2013 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year, while also earning all-district honors after hitting .427 with 48 RBI and eight home runs as a senior ... named to Wisconsin Fastpitch All-Star Senior Team after leading team to conference, regional and sectional championships ... a four-time Big 8 all-conference honoree, garnering first team honors at pitcher her last years following a first team selection at utility as a freshman ... led team to regional title all four years ... hit .548 with 40 RBI and eight homers as a junior en route to Wisconsin State Journal Athlete of the Year honors ... led team to a runner-up finish at state as a junior ... batted a team-best .488 with 38 RBI and nine home runs, while garnering team MVP honors her sophomore year ... led team with .462 batting average to go with 32 RBI and three home runs en route to team MVP honors as a rookie ... also played volleyball on the freshman team and on the varsity team as a sophomore ... a four-year honor roll member ... played travel ball for the Wisconsin Firebirds, which won the state championship in 2011 and 20123 and finished ninth at the USA/ASA Tournament in 2013 and 14th in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Kristen Elizabeth Hoppman ... born Jan. 15, 1995 ... parents are Jeff and Carrie Hoppman ... has one brother, John ... plans to major in movement and sports science.
Sweet or salty: salty
Chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
Dogs or cats: doggies!
Cooking or eating: eating
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: quiet country, mountains or beaches
Coolest place I’ve ever been/or most unique locale: road trip to Montana: Badlands, Mount Rushmore, mountains…
Place I dream of visiting someday: Australia
Person I look up to most & why: my parents. They have worked hard to be where they are in life and open my eyes to what my life can be like when I put faith in God and am passionate/reasonable with the choices I make.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): making a diving play to rob the other team of a run scored.
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): scoring a teammate
Favorite thing about my position: infield: diving up the middle to make an out; outfield: throwing a girl out at home - causing future runners to hold at third instead of trying to score.
Three words that describe me: sarcastic, organized, faithful
One word to describe my game: determined
Team I am most excited to play in 2016: Minnesota
My most memorable sports moment: hitting two home runs in one game.
Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Jennifer Lawrence
Person I would like to have dinner with: Ellen DeGeneres
Best non-athletic talent: doing makeup and nails
My stupid human trick is: binge watching Netfilx
Dream job: athletic director
Song I have to listen to before a game: Back in Black by AC/DC
Favorite thing about playing at Boilermaker Softball Stadium: the energy and confidence it brings to the team as we run out to play.
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: nowhere.
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: family – mom, dad and brother
Favorite sweet treat: sour patch kids and skittles
Favorite ice cream flavor: chocolate custard from Culvers
Favorite holiday: if Halloween counts…otherwise Thanksgiving
Favorite sport besides softball: hockey
Favorite sports team: Packers
Favorite Athlete: Clay Mathews/JJ Watt
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite Movie: Just Go With It
Favorite Book: It’s All About Him by Denise Jackson
Favorite Musical Artist: Fall Out Boy
Favorite type of pizza: pepperoni with banana peppers
Favorite Actor & Actress: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Anniston, Adam Sandler
Favorite Food: all seafood
Favorite place on campus: Starbucks in The Union
Favorite city: Madison, Wisconsin
Favorite outdoor activity: hiking, running, having a bonfire
Favorite animal/furry friend: dogs!
Favorite class at Purdue: OLS 252 with Rodney Vandeveer
Favorite Purdue professor: Rodney Vandeveer!