42 Tyler Walker  
Tyler Walker

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif.

High School:
Valley Christian HS

Position:
Infielder

Bats/Throws:
L/R


04/13/2014

Gophers Take Rubber Match Against NU

Minnesota defeated Northwestern, 3-1

04/12/2014

Gophers Bounce Back With 13-5 Win

No. 14 Minnesota improved to 31-6 with a 13-5, run-rule victory over No. 23/25 Northwestern

04/11/2014

Moulton Sets Mark, Gophers Fall to NU

Sara Moulton set the school's all-time strikeout mark, but the Gophers fell to Northwestern, 13-9

04/08/2014

Gophers Seal Fourth-Straight 30-Win Season

No. 14 Minnesota swept Iowa by 2-0 and 7-0 scores Tuesday

04/06/2014

Gophers, Badgers Split Doubleheader

Wisconsin won the first game, 2-1, but the Gophers recovered for a 3-0 victory

04/12/2012

G:60 - Tyler Walker

Gopher softball player Tyler Walker is featured in this week's G:60.

2014 Stats | Photo Gallery

2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 55 games, primarily at shortstop • named to the All-Big Ten First Team • led the team in runs (53), hits (69), home runs (12), doubles (15) and total bases (124) • hit two triples, tied for the team lead • batted .379 • drove in 32 runs • held a .681 slugging percentage • 20-of-23 on base-stealing attempts • posted five three-hit games on the season • earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors on April 15 • during a three-game sweep of Illinois, she batted .857 (6-for-7), posted impressive slugging (2.429) and on-base (.917) percentages, hit three home runs and a triple, scored six runs, tallied five RBI, drew four walks and fielded 1.000 (April 13-14) • hit a game-winning HR vs. Albany (Feb. 24) • hit a walk-off HR vs. Gardner-Webb (March 3) • drew three walks and went 1-for-2 with two runs vs. Georgia Southern (March 17) • hit an eighth-inning walk-off HR during the second game of a doubleheader against Indiana (May 4) • went 3-for-4 with a two runs, two RBI, a HR and a 2B at Ohio State (April 26) • also hit HRs against Northern Iowa (Feb. 16), Auburn (March 2), Pacific (March 9), Iowa State (April 24) and Wisconsin (May 12) •Academic All-Big Ten.

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