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Get to know infielder CJ Parsons, outfielders Sydney Pencek, Lexi Valone
Infielder calls herself funny, happy and honest and her game intense.
The freshman infielder talks about her favorite things and more in this Q&A.
2014: Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 41 games at third base or as a pinch hitter, starting eight at third base and one as the designated player ... posted .200 average with eight hits, including three doubles ... drove in six RBI and scored four runs ... recorded four perfect days at the plate, including a 2-for-2 effort vs. Mississippi Valley State ... drew eight walks ... laid down two sacrifices and lifted a sacrifice fly.
2013: Received team's Heart of a Champion award, given to the player who is willing to put it all on the line for the team ... Saw action in 21 games, starting 13 at third base ... batted .209 with nine hits and three walks ... posted a five-game hit streak from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22 ... tallied multiple hits in two games, going 2-for-3 against Drake and Nebraska ... first collegiate hit was a leadoff single up the middle in the second inning against Drake ... drove in an RBI against Nebraska ... scored two runs, one against Drake and one against Michigan ... made good on 39 of her 40 defensive chances for a .975 fielding percentage.
High School: A two-time all-state selection, earning second team accolades her junior and senior years ... an FACA All-Star selection as a senior after batting .382 with 22 runs, 14 RBI and a home run ... batted .421 with 17 runs and 14 RBI as a junior en route to Miami Herald all-county first team honors and the Jen Cordero Gold Glove Award ... garnered second team all-Broward county honors as a sophomore and third team accolades as a freshman, when she led the team with 36 RBI ... led team to FHSAA Class 5A District titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... a 2012 Miami Herald Silver Knight Award nominee ... plays summer ball for the Gold Coast Hurricanes ... Founder of RBIs for Cancer.
Personal: Full name is Christie Jo Parsons ... born Dec. 25, 1993 ... parents are Jim and Jodi Parsons ... has one sister, Sammie ... plans on majoring in physical therapy.
Sweet or salty: sweet
Chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
Dogs or cats: dogs
Cooking or eating: eating
Vacation: To the quiet country or to the big city:The beach
Coolest place I’ve ever been/or most unique locale: Key West
Place I dream of visiting someday: Australia
Person I look up to most & why: My sister
Best feeling in the field (defensively): making a diving play
Best Feeling at the plate (offensively): hitting runs in
Favorite thing about my position: it doesn’t require much running and it’s fun
Three words that describe me: funny, annoying, blunt
One word to describe my game: intense
Team I am most excited to play in 2016: Northwestern
My most memorable sports moment: watching Mary get cleated freshman year playing Michigan. Blood everywhere.
Celebrity who would play me in a story of my life: Amy Schumer
Person I would like to have dinner with: My grandpa
Best non-athletic talent: I can speak like Marcel the Shell (with Shoes On)
My stupid human trick is: I can eat a large pizza by myself
Dream job: yoga instructor
Song I have to listen to before a game: Lilly’s warmup play list
Favorite thing about playing at Boilermaker Softball Stadium: the fans
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 dad
Favorite sweet treat: Cookies
Favorite ice cream flavor: cookies and cream
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite sport besides softball: baseball
Favorite sports team: Red Sox
Favorite Athlete: Mike Lowell
Favorite TV show: Spongebob
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids or Miracle
Favorite Book: The Bible
Favorite Musical Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Favorite type of pizza: cheese
Favorite Actor: Will Farrell
Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes
Favorite place on campus: Mackey
Favorite city: Ft. Lauderdale
Favorite outdoor activity: longboarding
Favorite animal/furry friend: Toby (bassett hound doggie at home)
Favorite class at Purdue: Motor Function in Older Adults
Favorite Purdue professor: Howie Zelaznik