Purdue had 63 student-athletes earn the award.
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Pitcher Alex Whittemore looks up to her mom, calls her game focused and dreams of being a food critic.
Pitching gem is 16th in program history, first since 2010.
Rookie pitcher shares about her goals, her guilty pleasure and her heroes in this Q&A.
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2015: Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 30 games, starting one in the circle and 11 as the designated player … went 0-1 in the circle, taking the loss against Cal State Fullerton … pitched in nine games, issued seven strikeouts in 10.2 innings … at the plate, reached base in nine games, including four straight from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15 … batted .175 with seven hits, including a double and a home run … scored three runs and accounted for five RBI … drew three walks and was hit by a pitch twice … tallied first collegiate hit with a single against No. 7 UCLA … made good on all four defensive chances … in Big Ten play, managed two hits, drove in three RBI and was hit by a pitch once.
2014: Saw action in 19 games, starting five in the circle ... tossed a complete-game no-hitter against Mississippi Valley State, striking out a season-best four batters and walking just one ... posted a 2-3 record with wins over MVSU and Quinnipiac ... earned the save against Indiana, striking out one batter in an inning of relief work ... struck out 21 batters in 45 innings ... pitched 18 innings during conference play, issuing nine strikeouts.
2013: Saw action in 17 games, starting four in the circle ... posted a 2-0 record with wins against Drake and IUPUI in relief efforts ... struck out 18 batters in 28 innings ... boasted a 2.75 ERA, giving up just 11 earned runs ... made good on all 11 defensive chances.
2012: Pitched in 14 games, including 10 starts ... posted a 3-4 record with a 4.49 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 39 innings of work ... threw two complete games ... held opponents to a team-low .260 average ... struck out five or more batters twice ... picked up first career victory in the season opener against Bryant ... made good on all six defensive opportunities ... started three games during conference play, striking out two batters in 6.2 innings ... missed the last month of the season with an arm injury.
High School: A four-year letterwinner ... named as the team's Most Valuable Player after garnering first team All-Bay League and second team all-area honors as a senior ... also acted as the team's captain and was an athlete of the Year her final season ... was named Daily Breeze Player of the Week and earned second team all-area honors as a junior ... team won the Bay League championship in 2009 and 2010 ... a four-time principal's honor roll honorary member and three-year member of the national honor society ... was a CSF gold seal bearer in 2011.
Personal: Full name is Alexandra Joy Whittemore ... born April 22, 1993 ... parents are Ed and Colleen Whittemore ... has one sister, Christine ... plans to major in management.