• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 31 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 161 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Joel Pulliam

Senior, baseball

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Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

High School: Lincoln

Why Central?
Central was the only place I visited and for good reason. The first time I set foot on campus I knew this is what I wanted. I just had a feeling that it was perfect for me.

Favorite professor and why
I have to say Dr. Mills, he is so personable and has really helped me this year. His teaching style is perfect for what I need and he also has helped me get a couple interviews with his letter of recommendation. I can’t thank him enough.

You’re majoring in mathematics because…
I chose mathematics because it was something I truly enjoyed. Being able to solve problems and think critically always intrigued me.

Favorite Central memory
My favorite memory is still in the works, this baseball season has been awesome and I know it will truly be unforgettable. Sweeping Wartburg would have to be my favorite part.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
Mickey Mantle, he played the game right and was a titan amongst men.

Favorite part of practice
The end! No, just kidding. I love bullpens and joking around with Coach Stauber and the rest of the pitchers.

Word or phrase you use too often
As of late, probably YOLO (you only live once). I say it jokingly, but probably way too often.

Favorite ballpark, at any level
Wrigley, it doesn’t get any better than that.

The thing most people don’t know about Coach Adam Stevens
I’m sure you could guess this because of his occupation, but Coach truly loves the game of baseball. The time and effort he puts in for us is incredible. He shows his passion in practice and in games and I think you need a coach like that to show you why you play the game.

Pre-game ritual or habit
There are only two things that I’m really superstitious about. Number one is I have to have some sort of facial hair, Brett Favre always did bad when he shaved before a game and he was my favorite NFL player. Number two is I have to be wearing the ¾ sleeve undershirt that I’ve had for three years now, no matter the weather.

Your favorite TV shows
Criminal Minds and How I Met Your Mother

Why you love Central baseball
The fellas. My teammates are the best and we play the game the right way. It’s hard to find players like this anywhere else.

Some of the pitching staff has been sporting stirrups – are you a fan or not, and why?
I dig the look, however I will not be participating. I have chicken legs and my pant legs will remain down.

Best thing to eat after a game
El Charro for sure.

The thing that makes baseball such a great sport
You can’t stall in baseball, you can’t just run the clock out. You have to throw the ball over the plate and give the hitter a chance. Baseball is perfect.

Your favorite pitch
The slider is my favorite.

The game you’ll never forget playing in
When Seth Carson hit a walk-off homerun against Wartburg. Simply amazing.

Bucket list
Win the conference title, get to the NCAA tournament, have a family. I know, I’m boring.


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