Nov. 29, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - To prepare for the upcoming 2007 season, purduesports.com will interrupt off-season workouts and sit down with each of the Boilermaker softball players for a short question and answer session. We go Inside the Dugout this week with freshman Sarah Killer, who talks about being comfortable so far away from home, when she knew she was going to come to Purdue, and why she wants to be a lawyer.
What are you most looking forward to the most about next season?
I'm looking forward to the competition in the Big Ten. It looks like it's going to be a really good conference to get the chance to play in. I'm really hoping to improve as a pitcher. It will be nice to finish up conditioning and lifting, but I think it's really helped me improve, though.
You were valedictorian of your graduating class at Wickenburg (Ariz.) High School. Has the step up to college academics come fairly easy for you?
I've actually found most of my classes pretty easy so far. I have high-90s in all of my classes except one. My political science class has been a little difficult, though. It's sort of a new way of looking at things and it shows that sometimes there is not just one answer to a question.
Are there any schools that you're looking forward to matching up against this season?
I want to play Michigan and Northwestern because they've played in the College World Series. I can't wait to see what their level of play is going to be. It will be nice to play in the tournaments out west, too. California will be the closest to home for me. My parents are going to come out with some of my high school coaches and friends.
What kind of thoughts were running through your head during your first practices here at Purdue?
I was really excited. I actually enjoyed them. The conditioning and lifting stood out as particularly difficult, but I've enjoyed myself so far.
How has the transition from Arizona to Indiana been tough for you?
I've liked it. I was kind of surprised. I thought the weather would be really hard, but I've kind of grown to like cold weather. I was almost excited to come back after break. I talk to my mom a lot on e-mail, so it hasn't felt like I've been too far away. I went home and slipped right back into things after getting back from Thanksgiving.
What made you decide that Purdue was the right fit for you?
Purdue was the best athletic and academic balance for me overall. I looked at a bunch of schools. Some of them were smaller schools with really good academic programs and others were larger schools where the academics weren't as good. This was definitely the best balance.
You've said that when you came for winter camp last January, you knew you were coming to Purdue the minute you saw the campus. Why is that?
I don't know. My mom and I got in at about one in the morning. We drove up from Indy. We weren't very tired because it wasn't that late to us because of the time difference. We decided to come find campus. It kind of felt like home already when we drove up.
Your high school softball teams won three conference championships. How do you think that type of success will help you as a Boilermaker?
I think that once you develop a habit of winning, it helps you in the future. Hopefully that success can translate here and I can help us win some games.
I saw you that want to become a lawyer and eventually a judge in the future. What made you choose that career path for yourself?
I don't know. When I was little, I would look at different careers and try to decide what I wanted to be. Law just kind of caught my eye. I like arguing and I like being right. My mom blames it all on Legally Blonde, but she's totally wrong. I went on a court trip with my seventh or eighth grade class and I thought those people had the coolest job in the world.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I hate spicy food. Even though I love Mexican food, I can't eat the spicy stuff. I don't know, but I just can't eat it.