2008: Appeared in 22 games, starting eight at catcher and one at designated player ... Notched the first start of her career vs. Jacksonville State (2/8) ... Racked up five hits in 40 at-bats, including the game-winning RBI single in Purdue's upset win over No. 7 Baylor ... Hit first double, drew the first walk and scored the first two runs of her career vs. Centenary (2/15) ... Tallied the first multi-hit game of her career vs. Centenary (2/15) ... Chalked up 56 putouts and eight assists.
2007: Appeared in seven games, acting mostly as a bullpen catcher ... tallied six at-bats ... picked up first career assist vs. Marist ... recorded two putouts.
2006: Saw action in four games ... posted two hits in four at-bats, one each against Jacksonville and Hofstra ... registered an RBI single up the middle to cap an 8-0 win over Hofstra ... laid down a sacrifice against Ball State ... recorded one putout against George Mason ... made good on all seven defensive opportunities ... acted mostly as a bullpen catcher.
2005: Saw only action of the season against Butler ... took advantage of her lone at-bat of the season with an RBI single up the middle ... acted mostly as a bullpen catcher.
High School: A two-sport athlete at Pearland High School, where she competed in basketball and softball. ... earned all-district acclaim each year in softball, garnering first-team honors as a sophomore ... named all-county offensive player of the year as a senior, while earning team MVP honors ... named to TGCA 4A-5A East All-Star team her final year ... garnered scholar athlete award all four years ... earned Mandy Durant Scholarship for softball at Pearland ... a four-year honor society member.
Personal: Given name is Tara Annette Palmer ... born 2/13/86 ... parents are Richard and Terri Brunk ... has two brothers, Troy and Hunter, and two sisters, Lauren and Sara ... majoring in aerospace engineering.