Krystal Puga
Krystal  Puga


Los Angeles, Calif.

High School:
St. Paul




DANCIN' IN THE DESERT: St. John's Heads To Arizona For Program's First NCAA Tournament

Red Storm to open against 12th-seeded Arizona on May 15.


CHAMPIONS AT LAST: St. John's Earns Program's First Ever BIG EAST Championship Title

Red Storm defeats Seton Hall, 7-5, to earn program's first ever NCAA bid.


CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND: Red Storm Defeats Villanova, 5-4, To Head To BIG EAST Championship Game

St. John's will face Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Championship.


WELCOME TO ROSEMONT: Red Storm Set For BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal Matchup With Villanova

Top-seeded St. John's to face fourth-seeded Villanova on May 8.


St. John's Earns Eight All-BIG EAST Honors, Three Major Awards

Erin Burner named the unanimous BIG EAST Player of the Year.


2015 Season Preview

2015 Season Preview


2015 BIG EAST Softball Championship

The 2015 BIG EAST Softball Championship in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photos courtesy of BIG EAST/Steve Woltmann)


Senior Day vs. Villanova

2015 Senior Day game against Villanova on May 3, 2015.


St. John's vs. Iona

St. John's softball vs. Iona on April 15, 2015.


2015 California Spring-Break Trip

Photos from the San Diego Classic on Feb. 27 - March 1, 2015.


USF Presidents Day Weekend Tournament

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 junior in 2017: Played in 42 games with all 38 starts coming at first base … batted .299 with 24 runs and 19 RBIs to go with a .390 on base percentage … crushed four home runs, four doubles and her first-career triple … excelled during league play with a .367 batting average, .612 slugging mark, 13 runs scored, 13 RBIs and three home runs … notched eight multiple hit games … had a team-high 11 game hitting streak that spanned through the entire month of April and ended the season with 17 games reaching base, lasting from April 1 to the end of the season … went 3-for-4 with a double and a run … hit homers in back-to-back games against Georgetown (April 29-30), including a grand slam in the second game of the series … drilled a homer and drove in two runs against Seton Hall (May 6) to help St. John’s clinch the BIG EAST Regular Season title.

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


Career Highs:
At Bats: 5, vs. Stony Brook (3/7/15)
Runs: 3, three times, last at Georgetown (3/25/16)
Hits: 4, at San Diego State (2/27/15)
RBI: 5, vs. Western Illinois (2/26/16)

Puga Up Close...
Age you Started Playing Softball:
 7 years old
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
Favorite Pregame Song: "To Much Sauce"- DJ ESCO
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Most Memorable Softball Moment: "Winning the BIG EAST Championship"
Best Piece of Softball Advice you Ever Received: "It is a game of failure, accept and move on"


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