Jan. 24, 2012
After a typical freshman year of adjustment, on and off the field, Tori Chiodo is ready for her sophomore season. Despite a bumpy start last year, Chiodo managed to hit her stride and become a consistent player for the Boilermakers. The peppy California girl held down the corner at third, and hopes to do the same this year. Chiodo sat down to talk to purduesports.com about her improvements during the offseason, as well as her goals and expectations for the upcoming season.
As a sophomore what do you feel your expectations are individually and as a sophomore class?
We have to play better than last year for sure, and just be the leaders because we have a class of seven. Since there is such a big freshmen class as well, our job is to be good leaders. We need to make sure they know what we expect of them. We also need to be the core of this team since there are so many of us and we take up the majority of the field.
What was the most challenging transition you had to make your freshman year here at Purdue?
Basically, just my whole mental game. I was really immature last year, and I feel like that showed in my softball and in my game. This year I'm working on being way more mentally stable, making sure that I'm not weak minded during the game. I can't have the freshman nerves like I did last year. I feel like I've grown up mentally since last year.
How will your attitude change this season now that you have your first season under your belt?
I am definitely a lot more comfortable this year, so it's good having that comfort zone. For having a season under my belt I think it's good that I can look back and know how well I did, and what I need to work on. I think that will really help me this year.
What are your personal goals for the season?
As a team we want to get to the NCAA Tournament. Personally, I want to be a solid third baseman for us, and hit well, score runs, get on base and just get a lot going for the team.
What do you hope to improve on from your freshman year?
I think taking the game one pitch at a time. I feel like if I take the game slower, and I know what my goal is and what I have to do, and what I need to accomplish, that will make me a much better player than last year.
What advice do you have for incoming freshman?
They need to be mentally tough. We have a long season and it's a lot of games that are in between classes and school. They just need to get on board fast because it's a rigorous season and we are definitely trying to be better than last year, so the whole team, especially the freshmen has to be on board with getting better.
You are a true California girl. How would you describe yourself and how do you think your teammates would describe you?
I'm very upbeat and happy all the time. You know I'm from the Sunshine State, so I'm very much a good time. I like to joke around and laugh a lot and just be in a good mood.
You have a real focused look at third base and at the plate, what is your mentality out there being that close to the plate, and the hot corner on bunts?
I just need to react to everything. I really don't have any chill time on the field; I have to always be ready for a line drive at my face.
What is something about you that most people don't know?
I really don't think anything, I'm really open with the girls and we're all best friends so I feel like they already know everything about me!
What guilty pleasure is on your iPod that your teammates would be surprised about?
I have a lot of intimate love songs on my iPod, so I think if my teammates heard the lyrics to some of those songs, they'd say, "Oh my gosh, Tori!"