Purdue finished with 212 all-academic picks in 2015-16
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.
2015: 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 ... drew eight walks and was hit by a pitch four times ... laid down five sacrifices ... in Big Ten play, laid down two sacrifice bunts, ranking tied for ninth in the league ... scored six runs, accounted for three RBI and stole five bases.
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: 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 Boilermaker Softball Stadium (now 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