Purdue had 63 student-athletes earn the award.
Infielder likes ice cream, the Kansas City Royals and getting clutch hits.
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2015: Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 56 games at second base … batted .237 with 20 runs, 15 RBI, five doubles and a triple, including a .271 mark in Big Ten play … scored four game-winning runs and one game-tying effort … drove in one game-winning RBI and one to tie a game … drew 21 walks and was hit by a pitch three times … laid down a team-best eight sacrifice bunts, ranking second among Big Ten players … reached base in 37 games … posted multiple hits in eight games, including three perfect 2-for-2 outings … put together a four-game hit streak from April 26 to May 1 … reached base in seven straight games April 1 to April 12 … in Big Ten play, scored eight runs, and added three doubles and three RBI … ranked tied for fifth in league play with three sac bunts.
2014: Academic All-Big Ten ... Saw action in 44 games, starting 23 - 18 at second base, four as the designated player and one at third base ... batted .217 with 18 hits, including three doubles and a home run ... drove in 11 RBI, including multiple RBI on three occasions ... scored six runs, including the game winner against Tennessee Tech ... put together a pair of three-game hit steaks ... tallied two multi-hit efforts with two hits each vs. #9 Florida State and Houston ... drew six walks, lifted one sacrifice fly and laid down a sacrifice bunt ... made good on lone stolen base attempt.
2013: Saw action in 30 games, starting 16 at shortstop and 10 as the designated player ... posted .232 average, including a triple vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... scored four runs ... drew five walks and was hit by a pitch twice ... put together a six-game hit streak from Feb. 23 - March 3 ... reached base in 17 of 30 games ... stole three bases.
High School: A two-time Eastern Kansas League Selection, garnering first team honors as a sophomore and second team honors as a junior ... batted .421 with a .554 on-base percentage and just one strikeout in 75 at-bats as a sophomore ... posted a .390 average with a .419 on-base percentage her junior season ... owns Blue Valley North school record with 27 runs in a season ... team ranked in the top 10 nationally for GPA her sophomore and junior years, receiving the NFCA Academic All-American Team award ... lettered in track and field as a freshman ... member of the National Honor Society ... received AP Scholar with Distinction honors as a senior ... listed on Principal's Honor Roll all four years ... played summer ball for the KC Zephyrs.
Personal Information: Full name is Mary Catherine Gooding ... born Apr. 19, 1994 ... parents are Stephen and Lynne Gooding ... has three brothers, Lee, Charles and Ben, and two sisters, Julia and Annette ... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.