Career Notes Entering 2014 Season:
• 2011 & 2013 First Team All-MAC
• 2011 MAC All-Freshman Team
• 2013 CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC All-Conference First Team
• Two-Time MAC West Division Player of the Week (Feb 21, 2012; April 9, 2013)
• Two-Time CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Softball Player of the Week (Feb 21, 2012; April 9, 2013)
• In Mid-American Conference Career Records: RBI (132, t-seventh), walks (88, t-ninth)
• In Ball State's Career Records: double plays turned (51, first), home runs (28, third), on base percentage (.448, third), putouts (1,013, third), sacrifice flies (6, t-third), batting average (.349, fourth), RBI (132, fourth), slugging percentage (.598, fourth), walks (88, fourth), fielding percentage (.990, fifth), doubles (38, fifth), total bases (298, sixth), chances (1,068, seventh), hits (174, 12th), runs scored (79, 16th)
• In MAC Single Season Records (highest ranking only): walks (32 in 2013, t-13th)
• In Ball State's Single Season Records (highest ranking only): double plays turned (22 in 2013, second), sacrifice flies (3 in 2011, t-third), batting average (.404 in 2013, fourth), on base percentage (.500 in 2013, fourth), walks (32 in 2013, fourth), slugging percentage (.723 in 2013, fifth), home runs (12 in 2013, t-fifth), total bases (120 in 2013, sixth), doubles (15 in 2013, t-sixth), hits (67 in 2013, seventh), RBI (48 in 2013, eighth), chances (394 in 2013, ninth), putouts (368 in 2013, ninth), fielding percentage (.997 in 2012, 14th)
2013 (Jr.): Earned third letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fourth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 37-17 (18-3 MAC) record … First Team All-MAC … named MAC West Division Player of the Week (April 9) … named CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Player of the Week (April 9) ... started 53 games at first base … posted a .404 batting average with 67 hits in 166 at bats to become one of just six players in program history to hit above .400 for a season … the average ranked 58th nationally … of her 67 hits, 28 were multiple base hits as she racked up 15 doubles, 12 home runs and one triple … the 12 home runs tie as the fifth-best single season total in program history, while the 15 doubles are tied for sixth … ranked 61st nationally in doubles per game (0.28) and 61st in home runs per game (0.23) … ranked second in the MAC and 49th nationally with a .500 on base percentage, which ranks fourth on Ball State’s single season chart … her 48 RBI are the eight-best single season total in program history and helped her rank 75th nationally in RBI per game (0.91) … her .723 slugging percentage ranked as the fifth-best mark in program history and was 53rd nationally … ranked second on the squad in multiple hit games (20) and multiple RBI games (15) … tallied three hits in five games … opened the season with a career-long nine-game hitting streak, with two hits in four of the games … reached base safely in 19-straight games beginning versus Kansas (March 9) and ending with the first game of a doubleheader at Ohio (April 13) … recorded her first career triple in epic fashion, driving in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Ball State’s 7-6 MAC Tournament victory over Ohio (May 11) … opened the game versus the Bobcats with her second career grand slam, taking the ball deep over the center field wall to help her finish the game with a season-high five RBI … recorded her first career multiple home run game with two solo shots in Ball State’s 9-2 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader versus Northern Illinois (April 5) … finished the season with a .987 fielding percentage, with both her 394 chances and 368 putouts ranking as the ninth-best single season totals in program history … also logged 21 assists, while committing just five errors … had a hand in 22 double plays, which is the second-best single season total in BSU annals, and helped the Ball State defense rank fourth nationally with 30 double plays turned.
2012 (So.): Earned second letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to just their third Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 40-15 (17-3 MAC) record ...named MAC West Division Player of the Week (Feb. 21) ... named CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Player of the Week (Feb. 21) ... started all 55 games, including 54 starts at first base and one as the designated player ... posted a .301 batting average with 52 hits in 173 at bats ... first on the squad with 14 multiple RBI games, while ranking fourth with multiple hits in 16 games ... her nine home runs rank as the ninth-best single season total in program history, while her 13 doubles rank 11th ... drove in 40 RBI and scored 26 runs ... posted three hits in five games ... drove in a season-high four runs in the win over LIU Brooklyn (March 4), going 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run and a walk ... recorded three RBI in wins at North Florida (March 7, game two), versus Dayton (March 17) and at Miami (April 15, game two) ... posted a six-game hitting streak and two five-game streaks over the course of the season ...her 29 walks rank as the fifth-best single season total in program history ...posted a .997 fielding percentage with 367 putouts and 13 assists to just one error ... helped turn 21 double plays which is the third-best single season total in BSU annals ... named to the Quality Inn Classic All-Tournament Team.
2011 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Ball State ... First Team All-MAC ... MAC All-Freshman Team ... played in 56 games, including making 53 starts at first base and two as the designated player ... posted a .346 batting average with 55 hits in 159 at bats ... collected 10 doubles and seven home runs ... her seven home runs tie as the 12th-best single season mark in program history ... produced three hits in five games ... drove in 44 RBI, which ties as the seventh-best single season effort in BSU annals ... logged a career-best six RBI in the second game of a double header at Ohio (April 1), including her first career grand slam ... drew three walks in the first game versus the Bobcats, part of her 27 on the season which ties as the ninth-best mark on BSU's single-season list ... also drew three walks at Miami (April 9) ... drove in four runs versus Marshall (March 26) ... scored 24 runs, including three in the second game of a doubleheader at Buffalo (April 23) ... stole a base against Wright State (April 12) ... recorded a .983 fielding percentage with 278 putouts and 10 assists in 293 chances, while recording just five errors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four year letterwinner at Hamilton Southeastern ... earned Indianapolis State Super Team Player of the Year and Noblesville Daily Times Player of the Year her senior year ... Noblesville Daily Time Player of the Year and ICGSA All-State Third Team her junior season, ICGSA All-District Team and Indianapolis Star All-North First Team her sophomore year and collected All-North Team Honorable Mention honors her freshman year ... the team won the state championships during her senior and freshman seasons, with 27-4 and 31-0 records ... played for the Indiana Magic Gold club team under the direction of Kim Clay and Wayne Gibson for three years at first base ... made honor roll all four years.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Matthew and Melody Rager ... has two sisters, Bailey and Jordan ... born June 20, 1992, in Germantown, Md. ... full name in Taylor Lauren Rager ... majoring in human resource management … maintains a 3.000 grade-point average.