Maya Hughes
Maya  Hughes


Nolensville, Tenn.

High School:


Jack City


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2017 (Junior):
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
  • NFCA All-America Scholar.
  • Academic All-Big Ten.
  • Started all 56 games in the outfield for the Boilermakers.
  • Hit .335 with 63 hits and 188 at-bats, slugged .383 with three doubles and three triples, and walked six times and was hit by a pitch three times to earn a .365 on-base percentage.
  • Ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 17 stolen bases on 23 attempts.
  • Earned a 10-game hit streak from Feb. 24 - Mar. 5, an eight-game hit streak from Mar. 11 - Mar. 18, and a five-game hit streak from Mar. 24 - Mar. 31.
  • Tallied 19 multi-hit performances including seven games with three hits.

    2016 (Sophomore):
  • Academic All-Big Ten.
  • Appeared in 45 games, starting 27, 25 in center field and two in left field.
  • Saw action in 17 games as a pinch runner/pinch hitter.
  • Stole 15 bases, ranking tied for 10th in the Big Ten.
  • Batted .216 with 20 runs scored, including five game winners and one game-tying score.
  • Drove in five RBI, including the game winner against UC Santa Barbara.
  • Tallied multiple hits in five games, including a three-hit effort against UC Santa Barbara and a 3-for-3 performance against Butler.

    2015 (Freshman):
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Feb. 16.
  • Started all 56 games, 49 in center field, six in right field and one in left field.
  • Batted .256 with 23 runs, 10 RBI, one double and one triple.
  • Stole 22 bases, ranking tied for fourth among Big Ten players.
  • Reached base in 34 of 56 games, including an 11-game hit streak from Feb. 13 to March 6.
  • Posted multiple hits in 10 games.
  • Drove in the game-winning RBI against Florida International.
  • Scored the game-tying run against IPFW and the game-winner against Iowa.

    High School:
  • Three-time team Offensive Player of the Year and two-time team MVP on her Jack City College prospect team, on which she played in leiu of her high school team her final three seasons.
  • Led Jack City in batting average as a sophomore and senior.
  • Earned six all-tournament team honors in her career, while posting program career bests of 114 stolen bases, 11 inside-the-park home runs and 14 triples.
  • Boasts the team's single season record in steals, batting average and slugging percentage.
  • Batted .582 with a .684 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 41 stolen bases as a senior, breaking her own single-season record for steals (50) set as a junior.
  • Posted a .994 fielding percentage her final season.
  • Posted a team-leading .624 average, 22 doubles, 11 triples and four home runs, while stealing 50 bases as a junior, and garnering team MVP award as well as five all-tournament team nods.
  • Batted .621 with 16 doubles, five triples and nine home runs, while also making good on 41 of 44 stolen base attempts her sophomore season en route to Most Improved Player honors.
  • Earned starting role on the varsity team at Oakland as a rookie.
  • Competed in track and field and was a state qualifier in the 100m dash and as a member of the 4x100 relay team in 2013 and 2014.
  • Played travel ball for the Jack City Jacobs, which won the travel ball championship at the Scenic City 16U fall exposure tournament and competed in the 18U SEAA and ASA Nationals events.

  • Full name is Maya Catherine Hughes.
  • Born on May 20, 1996
  • Parents are Damon Hughes and Franklin and Sandra Daniel
  • Has two brothers: Franklin and Xavier.
  • Majoring in human services.

    Sweet or salty: sweet
    Chocolate or vanilla: vanilla
    Dogs or cats: dogs
    Cooking or eating: cooking
    Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city: big city
    Coolest place I've ever been/or most unique locale: Golden Beach, Oregon
    Place I dream of visiting someday: Paris, France
    Person I look up to most & why: My mom, she is a fighter! She is my best friend and is one of the kindest and strongest people I know.
    Best feeling in the field (defensively): making a diving catch and throwing someone out after
    Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): Being so versatile that I can keep the defense guessing
    Favorite thing about my position: The ability to snag balls that teams thought were a definite hit.
    Three words that describe me: Hardworking, Committed, Loyal
    One word to describe my game: Explosive
    Team I am most excited to play in 2017: University of Arizona
    My most memorable sports moment: My triple against Nebraska my sophomore year that shifted the momentum of the game for us
    Celebrity crush: Miguel
    Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Taraji P. Henson
    Person I would like to have dinner with: Jesus
    Best non-athletic talent: Baking
    My stupid human trick is: I am double jointed in my fingers
    Dream job: Elementary School Psychologist
    Song I have to listen to before a game:Patiently Waiting by 50 Cent
    Favorite thing about playing at Bittinger Stadium: The fans
    My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Ohio State
    Place I am most excited to play in 2017: Hawaii
    Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: Michael Connell

    Favorite sweet treat: Cake
    Favorite ice cream flavor: Apple Pie from Silver Dipper
    Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
    Favorite sport besides softball: Football
    Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys
    Favorite Athlete: Michelle Moultrie
    Favorite TV show: How to Get Away with Murder
    Favorite Movie: Fault in our Stars
    Favorite Book: 13 Reasons Why
    Favorite Musical Artist: Rihanna
    Favorite type of pizza: Cheese
    Favorite Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio and Viola Davis
    Favorite Food: Any type of carb
    Favorite place on campus: Mackey
    Favorite city: New Orleans, Louisiana
    Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking
    Favorite animal/furry friend: Dog
    Favorite class at Purdue: Helping Professionals
    Favorite Purdue professor: Dr. Natasha Watkins
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