Red Storm to open against 12th-seeded Arizona on May 15.
Red Storm defeats Seton Hall, 7-5, to earn program's first ever NCAA bid.
St. John's will face Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Championship.
Top-seeded St. John's to face fourth-seeded Villanova on May 8.
Erin Burner named the unanimous BIG EAST Player of the Year.
2015 Season Preview
The 2015 BIG EAST Softball Championship in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photos courtesy of BIG EAST/Steve Woltmann)
2015 Senior Day game against Villanova on May 3, 2015.
St. John's softball vs. Iona on April 15, 2015.
Photos from the San Diego Classic on Feb. 27 - March 1, 2015.
An inside look at the USF Presidents Day Weekend Tournament in Tampa, Florida, from Feb. 13-15, 2015. (Photos courtesy of Jason Roberts/Envision Sports Media)
As a sophomore in 2016: Started in all 49 games at first base ... posted a .301 batting average and a .555 slugging percentage, ranking 8th in the BIG EAST ... ranked third in the BIG EAST with nine home runs, tying for the eighth most in program history ... led the team in RBIs with 39 (T-6th in BIG EAST), runs scored with 34 and total bases with 81 (T-7th in BIG EAST) ... hit eight doubles and one triple ... helped turn 12 double plays, ranking second in the conference ... finished league play hitting .315 with three home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored ... perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts ... slugged .593 against BIG EAST opponents ... had 11 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI performances ... went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs and a walk in a win over Valparaiso (Feb. 13) ... hit two home runs (career-high) and recorded five RBIs (career-high) in a perfect 3-for-3 performance against Western Illinois (Feb. 26) to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week ... smashed a home run, stole a base and drove in four runs against Green Bay (March 4) ... drove in two runs and scored against Connecticut (March 13) ... launched a home run and scored twice during a two-hit game against Samford (March 19) ... scored three times, posted two RBIs and two walks against Georgetown (March 25) ... had two hits, two RBIs and scored against Providence (April 16) ... went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and stolen base in a win over DePaul (April 23) to receive a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll ... crushed a home run, stole a base and drove in two runs against Creighton (April 30) ... named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on May 9 after recording five RBIs, a homer and scoring the game-winning run in the walk-off win against Seton Hall (May 8) ... went 2-for-3 with a home run, stolen base and three RBIs in a BIG EAST Semifinal win over Villanova ... drove in a pair of runs in the BIG EAST Championship game against Butler (May 14).
As a freshman in 2015: Member of the First Team All-BIG EAST squad ... played and started in 42 games ... posted a .359 batting average and a .672 slugging percentage, sixth and seventh best in the conference respectively ... finished with 11 home runs (second on the team), seven doubles, 29 runs scored (third on the team) and 35 RBIs (second on the team) ... Drew 14 walks and six hit-by-pitches for a .447 on-base percentage, sixth in the league ... was the BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 2 after collecting seven hits, three home runs, four runs scored, and nine RBIs in a week span that included a career-high four hit, three RBIs performance at San Diego State (Feb. 27) ... had a season-high 12 game hitting streak that lasted from Feb. 27 through April 1 ... crushed a career-best two home runs, scored three times, and drove in three in a win over Providence (April 12) ... named the BIG EAST Championship's Most Outstanding Player (May 8-9) after an outstanding tournament after going 3-for-6 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs ... appeared on the NFCA Freshman of the Year Top-25 watch list.
Before St. John's: Played four years of varsity softball ... served as team captain her sophomore through senior seasons ... four-time first team All-League selection ... earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman ... named MVP as a sophomore ... selected as Offensive Player of the Year as a junior ... named All-Area as a junior and senior .... helped lead her team to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship as a senior ... also played for Firecrackers Blanco travel team where she helped win the Premier Nationals in Huntington Beach, California.
Personal: Krystal Karolina Puga ... daughter of Marisela Gutierrez ... enjoys cleaning and spontaneous adventures ... hopes to one day become either a pharmacist or a police officer ... used to help the homeless in L.A. where she donated money and went to shelters to help serve food