75 Boilermakers earn undergraduate degree
Softball's seniors embody what it means to be a Boilermaker
Purdue's three seniors fueled a 6-3 win over Nebraska on Senior Day
Softball concludes the regular season against Nebraska
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2016: Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 55 games, 30 at second base, 20 at shortstop and five in center field ... boasted a team-best .313 average with eight doubles, five triples and four home runs ... ranked 16th in triples (5), 27th in triples per game (0.09) and 54th in stolen bases per game (0.51) ... ranked tied for second in the Big Ten in triples, third in stolen bases (28) and tied for 10th in double plays (12) ... reached base in 42 games, including a 15-game stretch from Feb. 27 to March 18 ... put together a team-best 10-game hit streak from Feb. 27 to March 13 ... scored 28 runs, including two game-tying efforts and the game winners vs. Pacific and Florida Gulf Coast ... drove in 16 RBI, including two game-tying efforts and the game winners against New Mexico State and Iowa ... tallied multiple hits in 16 games, including a three-hit effort against Cal State Bakersfield ... drew six walks and was hit by a pitch five times ... laid down five sacrifice bunts ... defensively, boasted a .937 fielding percentage across three positions.
2015: Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 56 games, starting 53, 44 in right field, seven in center field, one in left field and three at catcher ... batted .293 with 17 runs, 13 RBI, nine doubles and two triples ... reached base in 38 of 56 games, including an eight-game stretch from Feb. 6 to Feb. 14 ... accounted for one game-winning run and one game-tying effort ... posted multiple hits in 10 games, including three perfect days at the plate and a 3-for-3 effort vs. Long Island ... drew 12 walks and was hit by a pitch three times ... laid down seven sacrifice bunts, ranking tied for fourth among Big Ten players ... stole four bases ... in Big Ten play, posted a .259 average with four runs, four RBI, two doubles and a triple ... stole four bases, drew three walks and was hit by a pitch twice ... laid down two sacrifice bunts, ranking tied for ninth in league play ... defensively, made good on all 81 chances for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage ... threw out two of seven potential base stealers while behind the plate.
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 ... majoring in movement and sports sciences.
Sweet or salty: salty
Chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
Dogs or cats: Dogs!
Cooking or eating: Eating
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: Somewhere with unique outdoor adventures
Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: My family's Montana trip: Badlands, Mount Rushmore, mountains ...
Place I dream of visiting someday: Australia or Alaska
Person I look up to most & why: I have many role models for different parts of my life. My mom knows everything and inspires me to always be a better person. Ellen DeGeneres is always having fun and doing good things for others. Jaclyn Hill does amazing makeup and also makes others feel beautiful even in their own skin and body
Best feeling in the field (defensively): Tagging a runner down at second from a perfect throw from the catcher.
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): Hitting a walkoff dinger
Favorite thing about my position: Having a strong connection with my second baseman. It is awesome to work together on and off the field, gaining trust and the connection to be able to read each other's minds on the field.
Three words that describe me: Tough, Balanced, Committed
One word to describe my game: Aggressive
Team I am most excited to play in 2017: University of Hawai'i in Hawaii
My most memorable sports moment: Sweeping Wisconsin my sophomore year
Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Mila Kunis
Person I would like to have dinner with: Ellen DeGeneres
Best non-athletic talent: doing makeup
My stupid human trick is: Burping on command
Dream job: Owning my own makeup business
Song I have to listen to before a game: Hells Bells by ACDC
Favorite thing about playing at Bittinger Stadium: Walking from the hitting facility to the field with the music blaring and knowing how I get to put my cleats on and play soon. It gives you goosebumps and immediate swag.
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Absolutely nowhere.
Place I am most excited to play in 2017: Hawaii
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: Everyone in my life has impacted and shaped me into who I am now. Each person I keep close has given me a little piece to mold me.
Favorite sweet treat: Skotcharoos
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite sport besides softball: Hockey
Favorite sports team: Packers
Favorite Athlete: JJ Watt
Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy or Friends
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite Book: So Be It
Favorite Musical Artist: Chris Stapleton
Favorite type of pizza: Pepperoni and banana peppers
Favorite Actor & Actress: Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite place on campus: The engineering fountain in the fall
Favorite city: Madison, Wisconsin
Favorite outdoor activity: Fishing
Favorite animal/furry friend: doggies!
Favorite class at Purdue: Personal Financing. It's the most usable class I have taken.
Favorite Purdue professor: Professor Rowe