WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Redshirt freshman pitcher Syndey Bates is jumping from the ACC to the Big Ten as the former Florida State Seminole will join the Boilermakers in the spring of 2018. A deep pitching staff that posted a 1.47 earned run average in 2017 allowed Bates to redshirt her freshman season and develop her skills in the circle and at the plate in her first year of collegiate softball.
“I am very excited to announce that Sydney Bates is the newest addition to our Boilermaker Softball Family,” said head coach Boo De Oliveira. “She is a high caliber pitcher, hitter, and defender that will make an immediate impact.”
“Sydney comes to Purdue after redshirting at Florida State last season. She understands that our expectation is to graduate and win. Syd is eager to be a Boilermaker and leave her mark on our program. She will fit into our GFDF Team Culture nicely. I look forward to seeing Syd compete in the circle and in our line-up this season.”
A native of Davie, Florida, Bates comes to Purdue as a two-time all-state and three-time all-county selection as well as a FloSoftball First-Team All-American at Western High School. Following an injury plagued sophomore season, she bounced back as a junior to hit .488 while registering a 15-1 record with a 0.19 earned run average and 189 strikeouts in 126.2 innings of work.
Her senior season she registered 45 hits and six home runs to hit .549 on the year. She threw 147.1 innings and earned a 20-4 record with a 0.38 earned run average and 279 strikeouts.
“I was excited to visit Purdue, because Coach Boo’s goals aligned with mine,” said Bates. “I’m excited to be a Boilermaker and I’m looking forward to being part of the Purdue Family. The team culture, family atmosphere, and knowing that I will leave Purdue one day with an amazing educational and athletic experience are the main reasons why I chose Purdue. I am thankful, blessed, and excited for the experience, and looking forward to being competitive on the field with my teammates.”
“When I first arrived at the campus for my visit, I felt very welcomed by the coaches, players, trainers, and academic advisors. As I toured the campus, I knew it was a place that will challenge and prepare me for my future goals.”