WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The Boilermakers have added two more players to the 2014-15 softball roster as Noblesville, Ind., native Katie Harrison and Goodyear, Ariz., native Kayla Hampton have signed letters of intent to play for Purdue. Harrison has spent the last two years at Chipola College in Florida, while Hampton will be a true freshman.
A first team NJCAA and NFCA first team All-America selection at designated player in 2014, Harrison batted .440 with 86 RBI and 24 home runs, both of which led the nation among NJCAA Division I players, and struck out just six times in 176 at-bats. In 2013, the power hitter batted .346 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI as a redshirt freshman. The Noblesville High School alumna started her collegiate career at Arkansas, but took a medical redshirt her true freshman season.
As a prepster under head coach Mike Ramsey, Harrison garnered ESPN RISE second team All-America honors as a utility player. She batted .649 with 50 hits and 45 RBI while leading the Millers to a 22-3 record and a ranking as high as No. 2 in the state. In 2011, the infielder led the team to the Hoosier Crossroads Conference title and an undefeated record in league play en route to Indiana Miss Softball and Indianapolis Star Softball Super Team Player of the Year accolades. A two-time all-state selection, Harrison was a first team honoree as a senior and earned third team accolades as a junior. A four-time all-county and all-conference selection, Harrison led Noblesville to a sectional title in 2008.
“We are very excited to welcome Katie to the Boilermaker family,” head coach Kim Schuette said. “Her power at the plate and great swing will make an immediate impact on our lineup. Katie is excited and ready to get after it right away this summer in the training room, the weight room and on the field with her teammates. We like her attitude and drive to compete and excel. It’s great to know this top notch player from the state of Indiana will be wearing the black and gold.”
Hampton is an all-state selection from Verrado High School in Buckeye, Ariz. The catcher/corner earned first team all-section honors each of her four years, while guiding the team to a top six finish at AIA State playoffs in 2013 and a top four finish in 2014. As a senior, Hampton garnered second team all-state honors from AZ Central Sports as well as first team all-division and first team all-section accolades. Verrado’s four-time defensive player of the year, she acted as team captain her junior and senior seasons. A National Honor Society member, Hampton is among the top 10 percent of her graduating class academically and also has logged more than 300 hours of community service as a prepster. A four-year AIA scholar athlete, she also has been a part of Health Occupation Students of America for two years. The daughter of Tee and Nichole Hampton, Kaylah plays travel ball for the Arizona Storm – Beach.
“We are very excited Kaylah is a Boilermaker,” Schuette said. “We look for her to make an immediate impact blocking, framing and throwing out runners from behind the plate. We also look forward to her contribution offensively with her tremendous bat speed. Kaylah will be a great representative of Purdue Softball as she is well-spoken, intelligent, understands hard work and has a strong family background.”
Harrison and Hampton join Gina Snyder (Tucson, Ariz.), who signed with the Boilermakers in April and Maya Hughes (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Stephanie Ramsey (Noblesville, Ind.) who inked national letters of intent in November.