Purdue's Tyler Powers plays with heavy heart

This past week, Purdue head baseball coach Mark Wasikowski told Sports 18 that Tyler Powers made the Boilermakers' roster the final week of tryouts last fall.

Posted: Jun 2, 2018 12:09 AM
Updated: Jun 2, 2018 12:17 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — This past week, Purdue head baseball coach Mark Wasikowski told Sports 18 that Tyler Powers made the Boilermakers' roster the final week of tryouts last fall.

On Friday, Powers, a freshman infielder started for Purdue in the team's NCAA regional opener against Houston.

But behind Powers' success, you'll find a heavy heart. Power's mom, Lori has stage four colon cancer. Powers learned the news last December.

According to Powers, Lori is doing well. While Lori has rounds of chemotherapy, she's still able to watch her son play.

Powers has played well over the last month hitting .417 in the Big Ten Tournament.

Whether Lori is in attendance or watching on television, Powers has stayed positive since his mom's diagnosis.

"She's probably the nicest person I've ever met in my life," said Powers. "She's a saint. I've never seen her do wrong. She's a supermom. She's always been running our kids around doing stuff for our friends and for our family and I think when she can't do that — I mean I remember going over and talking to her and she was like, 'I never wanted to do laundry so bad. I've never wanted to clean the house so bad.' All those little things that she couldn't do — I think that was bothering her because that's like part of her daily life and routine."

Lori was able to make the trip down to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Friday to watch her son and Purdue play in the tournament.

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