Northwestern hits three home runs to come back from early 4-0 deficit
2012: Started two games as the designated player and appeared in 15 more as a pinch runner ... Scored against Texas Tech (2/10) and No. 12 Washington (2/11) at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic ... Also crossed the plate against ranked foes No. 19 Oregon (2/25) and No. 11 Missouri (2/26) at the Cathedral City Classic.
2011: Started 12 games at catcher, appearing in 20 more as a pinch runner ... Also made two appearances as a defensive replacement and one as a pinch hitter ... Was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run against Bradley (2/11) ... Scored as a pinch runner at No. 13 Stanford (3/21) ... Was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run at Saint Mary's (3/22) ... Stole a base and scored a run in back-to-back-to-back games against DePaul (4/5), Northern Illinois (4/6) and at Wisconsin (4/9) ... Drew three walks and scored a run in a start during the first game of a doubleheader versus Michigan State (4/13) before scoring again as a pinch runner in game two ... Scored twice and stole a base as a pinch runner in a sweep of Ohio State (4/23-4/24).
2010: Appeared in 21 total games with two starts at third base ... Entered 12 games as a pinch runner, five as a pinch hitter and two others as a defensive replacement ... Northwestern's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree ... Scored the first run of her career against No. 12 California (2/20) ... Had a pinch-hit single and stole a base at UNLV (2/20) ... Drew walks as a pinch hitter against both Pacific and No. 10 Stanford (2/26) ... Scored as a pinch runner versus No. 5 UCLA (2/27).
High School: After attending public school for grades K-8, was home schooled through high school ... Took 2.5 hours of courses at Francis Howell High School, therefore was eligible for one season of high school softball ... Named all-conference, all-region, all-district and the team's top offensive player in that one season ... Played club with the St. Louis Diamond Cats for two years ... Coached by Neil Seltzer ... Batting average has been better than .450 the last three seasons ... Clubbed 19 home runs in one year ... Unofficially awarded the Dirtiest Uniform on the Team honor.
Personal: Born Lauren Alaine Ackerman ... Daughter of Janis and Thomas Jordan, and the late L. Patrick Ackerman ... Chose Northwestern over Missouri, Iowa and Missouri State ... Majoring in learning and organizational change.
GET TO KNOW ACKERMAN
If you could be any other NU Athlete for a day, who would you be?...Kristin Scharkey Favorite Athlete...Albert Pujols Favorite Food...Chili Favorite Song...Anything and Everything by Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Keith Green and Mercy Me Nicknames...Ack Hobbies...striking up conversation with cashiers, bus drivers, and people on planes, and smiling at strangers; buying the people in the car behind me in the drive-thru their meal and then driving away (It is SO much fun - try it!); learning about business and leadership, reading, listening to music, going to church and praising God, spending time with friends, being outdoors, cooking, competing, writing poetry, getting to know others Favorite Reality Show...I don't watch very much reality TV.... Favorite actor/actress...Tyler Perry, Sandra Bullock If you were a super hero, what would your super power and name be?... I want to be able to fly! Favorite Movie...any sports drama movie, or action/spy movie - like the Bourne Series! If you could spend a day with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be?... Jesus, Carnegie (Andrew or Dale!), Margaret Thatcher Favorite pro sports team...St. Louis Cardinals Favorite TV shows...Covert Affairs, White Collar, Law and Order: SVU, ESPN, and CNN When I was little, I wanted to be... an Olympic softball player and a Marine No one can believe that I...love African and classical music I hate to admit it but I love...learning and sneaking into Kellogg (NU's business school) seminars Secret talent...figuring out how things work Pre game ritual...listening to music, praying, and visualizing playing softball If I could play any other sport at NU, it would be...football (I would love to be a running back!) An artist that no one would believe I have on my ipod...John Phillip Sousa Favorite midnight snack...chocolate chip cookies and popcorn. not together though... If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be...Salmon, potatoes, spinach, milk and fruit (I tried to include a lot of different foods so I would increase my chance of survival with just one meal!) Favorite class at NU...Principles of Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, Theories of Relational Communication, Spanish, Kellogg classes After I graduate I want to be...a CEO or President of a company. Developing leaders and helping people Favorite Holiday Tradition...being with people you love, the food and the cheerful atmosphere everywhere you go Something that is on your bucket list...to travel all over the world and get to know many different cultures and people A place I would love to visit...Europe - as many times as possible! And Africa...and Brazil...and India Facebook or Twitter?...Facebook If I could be any character from a TV show or Movie I would be...Piper Perabo from Covert Affairs Best thing about NU...the awesome people!! And the fantastic education! And the absolutely incredible opportunity I have to grow as a person. So blessed!! Favorite NUSB memory...my teammates If you were on the amazing race, what teammate would go with you?... Sammy Funniest person on the team?... Caryl Best dancer on the team?... Allard Biggest prankster on the team?... Shieki If you were on minute to win it, who would be your partner?... Monka If you got into the Cash Cab, which teammates would you want to be with you?... Sheiki