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Erika Peterson
Erika Peterson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Irvine, CA

High School:
Irvine

Position:
C

Bats/Throws:
R/R



For the Record: Tied the school single-game record for home runs with two against Penn State, May 2, 2004 ... ranks third on the career putouts list (1,038) and fourth on the career walks list (56) ... ranks fourth on the single-season sacrifice hits list with 17 in 2006.

2006: Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 60 of the team's games at catcher ... batted .252 with 37 hits, including 11 for extra bases. Registered five doubles and six home runs, including two three-run shots ... accounted for 26 RBI, including two game-winners and two game-tying efforts ... launched a three-run home run in the sixth inning against Notre Dame to cap the win ... scored 18 runs, including five game-winners and one game-tying score ... posted a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 19 through Feb. 26 ... ended the season on a four-game hit streak ... tallied multiple hits on four occasions, including a 3-for-3 effort against Ohio State ... boasted a .426 slugging percentage, third-highest on the team ... laid down a Big Ten-leading 17 sacrifices, which ranks fourth on the Purdue single-season list ... drew 23 walks and was hit by a pitch once ... made good on 99 percent of her defensive opportunities ... ranked ninth in the Big Ten in defensive chances with 380 ... threw out 38 percent of potential base stealers. Picked off three runners ... in conference games, ranked among the top 10 in sacrifice hits (4th with 6), defensive chances (8th with 127), home runs (10th with 3) and putouts (10th with 111)

2005: Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... started all 59 of the team's games at catcher ... threw out 38 percent of the runners attempting to steal against her, a mark that ranked first among Big Ten backstops ... also ranked seventh in the conference in defensive putouts with 368 ... putout tally moved her into fifth place on the career top five list in the category with 724 ... boasted a .241 batting average, including three home runs, 16 RBI and 11 runs scored ... drove in the game-winning RBI on three occasions ... walked 15 times and was hit by a pitch seven times, the fifth-most in the Big Ten ... laid down nine sacrifice hits, ranking her tenth in the Big Ten in that category ... stole two bases ... made good on 99 percent of her defensive opportunities ... named Co-Best Defensive Player at team's postseason banquet.

2004: Started 56 games at catcher ... threw out 58 percent of runners on stolen base attempts ... ranked first in the Big Ten in runners caught stealing with 32 ... owned a .296 batting average including a .467 slugging percentage, which ranked among the top 20 in the conference ... registered 40 hits including 13 for extra bases ... tallied five home runs and six doubles ... recorded 26 RBI, including four game-winners, and 10 runs ... was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts ... tied single game record with two home runs against Penn State ... first career home run came on a two-run shot in the ninth inning to tie the game against Pittsburgh ... also posted two other game-tying RBI ... ranked ninth in the Big Ten in putouts and total chances ... made good on 401 of 403 chances for a .995 fielding percentage ... named Best Defensive Player at the team's postseason banquet.

High School: A four-time first team All-Sea View League and all-city selection ... earned first-team all-CIF Southern Section honors as a sophomore and junior and second-team all-region accolades as a senior ... was named second team Western American as a junior, while she received the team's best offensive player award ... received the best defensive player award both her freshman, sophomore and senior years ... was dubbed Irvine High School Female Scholar Athlete of the Year as a senior ... finished career with .397 batting average, three home runs, a .676 slugging percentage, a .512 on-base percentage and a .988 fielding percentage ... won Commitment to Excellence and scholar athlete awards ... also played soccer, earning two letters as varsity goalkeeper ... received Rookie of the Year honors as a sophomore and was the junior varsity team's best defensive player as a freshman ... was a four-year member of the Principal's Honor Roll ... received the GSE Academic Excellence Award in chemistry and geometry ... played catcher for the Irvine Sting travel ball team, earning Southern California 18-under ASA All-State team honors ... team played in the 18-Gold Nationals in Broken Arrow, Okla., and took 13th at the 18-A ASA Nationals in 2002.

Personal: Given name is Erika Kathryn Peterson ... born 3/31/85 ... parents are Doug and Melanie Peterson ... has one sister, Diana ... plans on majoring in elementary education ... nickname is Petey.