Wildcats and Gophers meet again in game two of the series Saturday in Minneapolis
2014: Started 51 games, 43 times in right field and eight as the designated player ... Appeared in 52 games total ... All-Big Ten second-team selection ... NFCA All-Region third-team choice ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Batted .538 in four games as the season-opening Kajikawa Classic ... Began with a 2-for-4 performance versus No. 22 Stanford (2/7) ... Finished 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run in a wild 12-11 win over Utah (2/8) ... Was 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs against Penn State (2/16) ... Drove in NU's first run in an eventual 4-2 win over No. 3 Washington (2/21) ... Finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double against LIU Brooklyn (2/22) ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and a double against UC Santa Barbara (3/1) ... Drove in two against LIU Brooklyn (3/8) ... Was 2-for-3 in the second game of a doubleheader against Wisconsin (3/21) ... Tripled, drove in a run and scored in a victory over Northern Illinois (3/26) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs against UIC (4/2) ... Finished 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI and three walks in a doubleheader sweep at Iowa (4/5) ... Matched her career-best with three hits in a 3-for-4 performance with a double, two RBIs and a career-high two runs scored in a win at No. 14 Minnesota (4/11) ... Drove in two while going 2-for-3 with a double at Loyola (Chicago) (4/16) ... Doubled home a run and scored against Indiana (4/19) ... Collected a pair of hits in the series finale versus the Hoosiers (4/20) ... Went 3-for-6 with five walks in a three-game set at Ohio State (4/25-4/27) ... In game two at OSU, was 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs and a run ... Was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in a win over Michigan State (5/3) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, a career-best two runs and a career-best five RBIs in an NCAA Tournament elimination game against Iona (5/16).
2013: Started 46 games and appeared in five more as a pinch hitter ... Started the year with just six RBIs in NU's first 30 games but had 18 in NU's last 23 contests ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Finished the year with 14 doubles, tied for the fifth-best total in NU single-season history and NU's most in one year since 2007 ... Went a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and a run against San Diego State (2/8) ... Batted .667 (8-for-12) in four games at the Georgia Softball Classic ... Began the weekend with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles, two RBIs and a run in a win over Middle Tennessee State (2/15) ... On Feb. 16, first was 2-for-3 with a double against Campbell, then finished a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch in a re-match with MTSU ... Went 2-for-3 with a double in a 3-2 win over No. 4 Tennessee (2/22) ... Finished 2-for-4 with two runs and a game-tying seventh-inning RBI in an eventual win over LIU Brooklyn (2/24) ... Finished 2-for-3 with two runs and her first-career home run in a run-rule victory over Massachusetts (3/9) ... Double and drove in a run against Minnesota (3/30) .... Batted .500 (4-for-8) with four RBIs and a home run in Northwestern's series sweep of Illinois ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI in game one (4/5) before finishing 1-for-3 with an RBI in game two (4/6) ... Crushed a two-run home run in the finale against the Illini (4/7) ... Doubled, drove in a run and scored in a run-rule victory over Notre Dame (4/9) ... Drove in two during a 2-for-4 day against Iowa (4/13) ... Had a career day in an 11-9 nonconference win against Northern Illinois (4/16), going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored ... Crushed a two-run home run at Penn State (4/19) ... With NU trailing by a run and two outs in the seventh inning of game two at Penn State, smashed an RBI double to send the game to extras where NU would eventually prevail ... That double was part of a 2-for-5 day with two RBIs ... Finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in the middle contest of NU's sweep of Purdue (4/27) ... Was 2-for-3 in a win over DePaul (4/30) ... Also went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs at UIC (5/1) ... Slugged two doubles and drove in a run in Northwestern's opening round win against Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament (5/9).
2012: Started 10 games this season, two in the outfield and eight as the designated player ... Also appeared in 11 others as a pinch hitter and once as a pinch runner ... Singled in her first-career at-bat against No. 17 Texas A&M (2/12) ... Scored as a pinch runner versus Massachusetts (3/20) ... Recorded a pinch hit, RBI single in a win over Hartford (3/20) ... Entered a game against Iowa (4/8) as an injury substitution, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and a run at Indiana (4/22) ... Doubled home a run against Ohio State(4/28) ... Went 0-for-1 in a start at Michigan State (5/5), but walked and scored twice.
High School: Named Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times All-State first team in 2010 ... Also named Illinois High School Association All-State second team, Pioneer Press Lake Shore Softball Gold list and NFCA High School All-America first team after junior season of 2010 ... Tied former Wildcat Erin Dyer's IHSA state record with 23 doubles as a sophomore in 2009 ... Following sophomore season, named Chicago Sun-Times All-State second team, Chicago Tribune All-State special mention and Pioneer Press All-Lake Shore first team ... Two-time NFCA North Region All-America first team choice ... Three-time Mid-Suburban League All-Conference and Daily Herald All-Area team ... Three-time Pioneer Press Newsmakers to Watch list, two-time Chicago Sun-Times Top-100 Players to Watch list and 2010 Chicago Tribune Top Players to Watch list ... Three-time team offensive MVP and two-time team MVP ... Holds school's single-season records for batting average (.583), hits (67), extra-base hits (29), doubles (23), home runs (10) and RBIs (43) ... High school has won three Bison Slugfest titles, defeating the top ranked team in the championship each year ... Also played varsity basketball, earning Daily HeraldAll-Area special mention honors in 2009 and 2010 ... Holds school single-game and single-season three-point field goal records ... As a freshman, team finished third in the state and also featured NU women's basketball players Maggie and Allison Mocchi ... Played club softball with the Illinois Chill from 2009-11 and with the Crystal Lake Tidal Waves from 2007-09 ... The Chill earned an ASA Nationals Bid in 2010 and also finished second in the Sparks Invitational College Showcase ... `A' honor roll member all semesters of high school and four-semester honor roll recipient ... National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member ... Named Math/Science Student of the Month ... Illinois State Scholar ... Three-time NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete.
Personal: Born Andrea Michelle DiPrima ... Daughter of Tom and Cindi DiPrima ... Great uncle, Dr. Vincent Lavieri, graduated from Northwestern ... Chose Northwestern over Loyola (Chicago) and Dartmouth ... Majoring in human development and psychological services.
GET TO KNOW DIPRIMA
Q. Describe briefly your recruiting process/how you ended playing here at Northwestern: I attended my first Northwestern softball camp at 9 years old. After watching the team compete in the college world series, I knew Northwestern was my dream school. I continued to attend their softball camps and eventually things just fell into place.
Q: What advice will you give to kids wanting to play your sport in college? Learn as many positions as you possibly can. If you are a versatile player, then you will have more opportunities to contribute to your team!
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned so far? If you have a dream, work hard and go after it. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something.
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far? My greatest achievement so far is attending my dream school and playing the sport I love. Being a student-athlete at Northwestern University is an absolute privilege.
Q: Favorite class at Northwestern and why: Developmental Psychopathology. It is my favorite class at Northwestern because our professor would give us real case studies and we had to decide how we would treat each client based on the given information. This class improved my ability to choose appropriate treatment plans for children and adolescents, which is the population I hope to work with after graduation.
Q: What’s your dream job? A high school social worker. It would be a dream come true to advocate for underrepresented and vulnerable populations in a school setting. I would love to provide resources and guidance that would improve their academic performance and quality of life.
Q: The person/s that inspire/s you the most: My mom is my inspiration. She is the strongest person I know.
Q: If you were given a chance to dine with anyone from any period in history, who will you choose and why? The grandfather I never met. He passed away before I was born, but my Dad has told me stories about him. I know we would have a lot to talk about because we share a passion for sports and music.
Q: Who/what did you pretend to be when playing as a kid/growing up? A music star. I used to practice a bunch of songs in my room and then ask my parents to sit next to our piano as I put on a “concert”.
Q: What is/are your favorite song/s or best concert ever attended? The best concert I ever attended was Zac Brown Band at Wrigley Field. They sounded just as good live as they do on their recorded albums.
Q: Best book you have ever read? Chicken Soup for the Soul. The stories are so inspiring.
Q: What is/are your favorite place/s to visit? Anywhere with sunshine!
Q: What is/are your favorite food? A Chipotle burrito bowl.
Q: Hobbies or favorite activities during your spare time: In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family and friends. I also love to run long distance to clear my head and relieve stress.
Q: Describe your pregame ritual: I don’t have a pregame ritual but I do have a routine before each pitch. I step out of the box, adjust my elbow guard and then brush the dirt in the box with my back foot.
Q: What talent/s do you have that you would like to showcase in a talent show? I love to sing and play the piano.
Q: How do you want people to remember you as a person? Kind and selfless.
Q: What is/are your favorite sports team/s growing up? My favorite sports teams growing up were the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears.
Q: Who is/are your favorite athlete/s growing up? Jessica Mendoza. As a little kid, she immediately caught my attention because we are both lefty hitters and right-handed outfielders. I also looked up to her because she attended a prestigious academic institution (Stanford). Today, she finds time to run softball camps/clinics and be an ESPN broadcaster, all while raising a family—pretty impressive!