Get to know sophomore outfielder Maya Hughes, pitcher Gina Snyder
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First baseman named Co-Player of the Week, outfielder dubbed Freshman of the Week.
Outfielder calls her game explosive, loves making diving catches and baking.
High School: A 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.
Personal: 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 ... plans to major in human services.
Sweet or salty: sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: vanilla
Dogs or cats: both
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: Disney World
Place I dream of visiting someday: Paris, France
Person I look up to most & why: My Grandma. She is a very strong woman and has been such a big influence in my life since birth. She is basically a second mom to me, and I know not many people have that kind of relationship with their grandparents.
Best feeling in the field (defensively): making a diving catch
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): The feeling of the ball off the bat, when I know I've made solid contact
Favorite thing about my position: The possibility of making spectacular, game changing plays.
Three words that describe me: Passionate, Dynamic, Humble
One word to describe my game: Explosive
Team I am most excited to play in 2016: University of Arizona
My most memorable sports moment: My first diving catch of the season my freshman year (1st inning, 1st game)
Celebrity crush: Miguel
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Halle Berry
Person I would like to have dinner with: Chris Brown
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: Hard in the Paint by Waka Flacka
Favorite thing about playing at Boilermaker Softball Stadium: The atmosphere during Big Ten play
My favorite place to play in the Big Ten, besides home: Ohio State
Person who has impacted my life/made me who I am: My momma; she has been my biggest support in all facets of my life. She is my best friend and has always pushed me to be the best all around person I can be!
Favorite sweet treat: Cake
Favorite ice cream flavor: cookies and cream
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite sport besides softball: Basketball
Favorite sports team: Purdue Softball
Favorite Athlete: Natasha Watley
Favorite TV show: How to Get Away with Murder
Favorite Movie: White Chicks
Favorite Book: The Fault in our Stars
Favorite Musical Artist: Miguel
Favorite type of pizza: Cheese
Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite Food: Potatoes
Favorite place on campus: Boilermaker Softball Stadium Favorite city: New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite outdoor activity: Volleyball
Favorite animal/furry friend: My Grandma's Cojack (dog)
Favorite class at Purdue: HDFS 280 Diversity in Individual and Family Life
Favorite Purdue professor: Dr. Natasha Watkins