Nov. 14, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team added two players for its 2015 team with the signing of Maya Hughes (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Stephanie Ramsey (Noblesville, Ind.) to National Letters of Intent this week, head coach Kim Schuette announced on Thursday.
Hughes, an outfielder from Oakland High School, is a two-time team MVP on her Jack City College prospect team, on which she played in the spring in leiu of her high school team as a sophomore and junior. After earning a starting role on the varsity team at Oakland as a rookie, Hughes batted .621 with 16 doubles, five triples and nine home runs, while also making good on 41 of 44 stolen base attempts her sophomore season with Jack City. She led the team in batting average and garnered team MVP honors as well three all-tournament team accolades. As a junior, Hughes posted a team-leading .624 average, 22 doubles, 11 triples and four home runs, while stealing 50 bases. She garnered team MVP award as well as five all-tournament team nods. A two-sport athlete, she also competes in track and field at Oakland and was a state qualifier as a member of the 4x100 relay team in 2013. The daughter of Damon Hughes and Franklin and Sandra Daniel plays travel ball for the Jack City Jacobs, which won the travel ball championship at the Scenic City 16U fall exposure tournament and competed in the 18U SEAA and USFA World Series events.
"We have been recruiting Maya for some time and we are thrilled she's going to join us at Purdue," Schuette said. "We look for Maya to make an immediate impact on our team in the outfield and up to bat. She's a rabbit on the bases and a left handed hitter who can bunt, soft slap, and slap the ball out of the park. She's scrappy, fun to watch and finds a way to get it done. When I think of a five tool player who gets after it and makes those around her better- I think of Maya Hughes."
Ramsey, a second baseman/outfielder from Noblesville High School, is a two-time all-conference selection. As a rookie, she garnered all-county accolades as her team won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference title. After hitting .400 with 14 RBI, five doubles and three triples as a sophomore, Ramsey garnered her first all-conference team honor. As a junior, she earned both all-conference and all-county accolades after hitting .387 with 23 RBI, six home runs and four doubles. The two-year national honor society member also played varsity basketball as a freshman. The daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Ramsey plays travel ball for the Indiana Shock Waves, which participated in the ASA Gold Nationals in 2013 and finished fifth at nationals in 2008.
"We are very proud to have Stephanie Ramsey sign with the Boilermakers," Schuette said. "Stephanie is a great Indiana talent who has grown up around the game and in tune with college athletics. She's a coach's kid who has gamesmanship and bleeds black and gold. We like her athleticism and competitiveness and know she can help us right away on the dirt or in the grass and up to bat. Stephanie and her family have already bought in to our program, do the little things right, and will help us do great things in the Big Ten and beyond."
The 2014 Boilermakers begin their season at the Louisiana Classic, Feb. 8-9, in Lafayette, La.