2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Named Third Team, All-Big Ten shortstop started all 53 games at shortstop hoisted a batting average of .380, which is top among all freshmen in Gopher history led Minnesota in runs, hits, steals and on-base percentage ranked Top 10 in the Big Ten in most offensive categories, such as runs (2nd), hits (2nd), batting average (4th), slugging percentage (5th), stolen bases (t-5th), on-base percentage (6th), home runs (t-7th) and walks (t-10th) tied for fifth in school history with 46 runs scored went 2-for-3 in the season opener versus Kent State (Feb. 11), which also was a day of firsts with her notching her first hit, run, RBI, home run and stolen base tallied a lead-off homer against Weber State (Feb. 12) recorded a double and home run in a 2-for-3 performance with four RBI against Iowa State (Feb. 17) went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against James Madison (Feb. 25) notched a two-run homer versus Cleveland State (Mar. 2) went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Ohio (Mar. 3) tallied first-career triple in a 3-for-4 performance against Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 10) belted a solo homer against Boise State (Mar. 15) went 6-for-11 with a home run, double and three RBI in the Nebraska series (Mar. 31-Apr.1) was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases in the series finale against Northwestern (Apr. 15) began what is as of now a nine-game hitting streak in the series opener against Penn State (Apr. 28) went 4-for-9 with a home run and scored two runs in the Penn State series (Apr. 28-29) was 5-for-10 from the plate in the Purdue series (May 5-6) with a triple and a home run finished the season on a nine-game hitting streak, which will carry over to the 2013 season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif. named first team All-State selection in 2011 four-time all-conference and all-academic honoree hit .495 with 35 runs, 24 RBIs, 55 hits and 19 stolen bases during senior season named Mercury News Junior and Senior of the Year and tagged WCAL Player of the Year in 2011 high school coach was Alex Sanguinetti traveled with the Mize Diamonds and coached by Brian Niskanen.
GET TO KNOW TYLER WALKER: Why the University of Minnesota? The campus spoke for itself and being under such a recognized coaching staff also played a major factor.
What is it like playing for Minnesota? It's truly an honor. Coach Allister once said that only 18 girls wear the University of Minnesota softball uniform, and I am glad to be one of them.
Pregame rituals/superstitions? I write Phillippians 4:13 on my left wrist.
First softball memory? I remember putting on my first softball jersey. It went all the way down to my knees, and it was bright red.
Favorite athlete of all-time? It would have to be my brother, Justin. He is by far the best wheelchair basketball and baseball player I have ever met.
If you had to choose a sport to play other than softball, what would it be? I would box. I have always wanted to try boxing, and I think it would be a lot of fun.
If you could choose one person (past or present) to eat lunch with, who would it be? Jackie Robinson. I would want to ask him so many questions, and it would just be an honor to say "I had lunch with Jackie Robinson".
Favorite TV show as a kid? Little Bear
Guilty pleasure song? "Sound of Music" by Julie Andrews
Bucket List Win the Women's College World Series Go to Africa, Europe and Australia Learn how to drive a stick shift