Purdue to play five games in Mary Nutter Classic
Boilermakers defeat Saint Mary's 6-1
Outfielder looks to bounce back from injury with year to remember
Purdue finished with 212 all-academic picks in 2015-16
A full recap of the careers of seven Boilermakers
2015: Saw action in 43 games, starting 28, 25 in left field and three in right field ... reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 11 games, including a pair of two-game hit streaks ... tallied multiple hits in three games ... batted .159 with 11 runs, three doubles, two triples and two RBI ... scored five game-winning runs ... drew three walks and laid down two sacrifice bunts ... stole three bases ... made good on all 22 defensive chances for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage ... in Big Ten play, managed five hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs ... drew one walk and stole one base.
2014: Saw action in 25 games, starting five - four in left field and one in right field ... acted mostly as a pinch hitter or pinch runner ... batted .267 with four hits in 15 at-bats, including a double ... went 2-for-3 at the plate against Illinois ... tallied two perfect days at the plate ... scored three runs and drove in three RBI ... drove in two RBI with a pinch hit single against Michigan State ... drew two walks ... made good on all four defensive chances.
2013 Bowling Green State: Played in 48 games, starting 34 in the outfield ... registered four hits, including a triple against IPFW ... first collegiate hit came in a 1-for-3 effort against Murray State ... drove in an RBI against Dayton ... scored four runs: one each vs. Campbell, Western Kentucky, Evansville and Ball State ... drew three walks and laid down two sacrifices ... stole one base ... recorded 27 putouts and three assists.
High School: A three-time All-South Suburban Conference honoree, earning the accolade each of her last three years ... garnered all-area acclaim as a senior ... posted a career batting average of .449 with 121 RBI ... registered a career slugging percentage or .745 and scored 94 runs ... hit a Lemont High School record 18 career home runs ... led team in batting average, steals, home runs and RBI as a rookie ... led team to regional appearances her sophomore and junior years ... a four-year honor roll member ... Homecoming Queen ... also lettered in cheerleading ... played travel ball for the Lemont Rockers and the Cincy Doom ... selected as an All-Star in Rising Star Maximum Exposure Tournament in Davie, Fla., and as an all-American at the Colorado Sparkler Tournament ... team finished in the Top 10 at the St. Louis Northern National ASA Tournament.
Personal: Full name is Alexis Rae Valone ... born Oct. 11, 1993 ... parents are Garry and Kim Valone ... has three brothers: Jack, Sam and Matthew ... majoring in communication.
Sweet or salty: Sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla
Dogs or cats: Only my cat
Cooking or eating: Eating
Vacation: to the quiet country or to the big city: Big city
Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: Going on cruises
Place I dream of visiting someday: Greece
Person I look up to most & why: My mom and grandpa because they are the strongest people I know and if I could be half the people they are, I would feel incredibly lucky.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): making a diving catch
Best feeling at the plate (offensively): hitting the sweet part of the bat
Favorite thing about my position: I am the last line of defense. I have to get it done or else runs will definitely score.
Three words that describe me: drama queen, loud, talkative
One word to describe my game: perfectionist
Team i am most excited to play in 2017: Hawaii
My most memorable sports moment: playing in Florida when i was a junior in high school with my travel team and it was snowing.
Celebrity crush: Sam Hunt
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Selena Gomez
Person I would like to have dinner with: Sam Hunt
Best non-athletic talent: Doing makeup
My stupid human trick is: overthinking everything
Dream job: working within the Big Ten
Song I have to listen to before a game: Hell and Back by Kid Ink
Favorite thing about playing at Bittinger Stadium: Being able to be one of the few people who are able to step on that field and represent Purdue.
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: IU, because I love the rivalry.
Place I am most excited to play in 2017: ASU, because my brother goes to school there, and, of course, Hawaii.
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: my mom
Favorite sweet treat: Ice Cream
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chip
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite sports besides softball: Baseball
Favorite sports team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite athlete: Kyle Schwarber
Favorite TV shows: Grey's Anatomy
Favorite movie: Peter Pan
Favorite book: Twilight series
Favorite type of pizza: Cheese and pepperoni
Favorite actor & actress: Paul Walker and Blake Lively
Favorite food: Mexican food, and deep dish pizza
Favorite place on campus: Mollenkopf and The Union
Favorite city: Chicago
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking and fishing
Favorite animal/furry friend: Penguin
Favorite class at Purdue: ASL (American Sign Language)
Favorite Purdue professor: Jim Russel