NIU starts conference season against MAC East foes
2015: Played in 21 games with 19 starts at third base...Hit .125 with three singles, a double and a home run to go along with three RBI...Clocked a two-run home run in a victory over Sam Houston State (Feb. 7)...Recorded a double against Troy (Feb. 21), then scored in the Huskies' come-from-behind win over the Trojans...Missed the rest of the season following an injury in mid-March.
2014: Saw action in 54 games, including 50 starts...Started 22 games as a pitcher, in addition to nine as a catcher and 11 as the designated player...Posted a 7-10 record with a 4.83 ERA in the circle...Ranked second on the team with 31 strikeouts...Pitched three complete games, earning wins over Northern Kentucky (3/1), Bowling Green (3/29) and North Dakota (4/2)...Named the MAC West Pitcher of the Week for May 6 after going 3-0 with wins over UIC (4/29), Akron (5/2) and Ohio (5/4) to help the Huskies clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament...Hit .263 with seven doubles and two home runs...Collected multiple hits in 11 games...Posted two or more RBIs in four games, including three against Valparaiso (4/8)...Had a six-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 9...Hit home runs against Evansville (3/1) and North Dakota (4/2).
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Normal West High School...Named first team All-Conference in all four years...Named a second team All-State performer as she captained her team to a 31-4 overall record and a Sectional Championship her senior year...Led Normal West to regional championships in three of her four years...Hit for a .466 batting average and 133 RBI over her high school career...Earned third team All-State honors in her junior season...Was named Most Valuable Player on her team during her sophomore and junior campaigns.
Personal: Daughter of Connie and Mark Rupard. Major: Kinesiology Birthday: January 12, 1995