News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Thirty-two members of Purdue track & field recognized for 3.0+ GPAs.
Outfielders earned first and second team honors respectively.
Senior Ashley Courtney gives an update from the bus, somewhere in Iowa.
Rains went 3-for-3, Varsho launched fourth homer in the win.
2012: Third team All-Big Ten ... named to College Sports Madness' Big Ten All-Conference first team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 53 games, 44 at first base and nine at second base ... posted a .350 average, third-best on the team, with 50 hits in 143 at-bats, including 18 extra-base hits ... recorded 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs ... ranked among the top 10 in the Big Ten in fielding double plays (5th with 14), triples (6th), doubles (9th) and on-base percentage (9th with .457)... her on-base percentage mark is tied for fifth place on that Purdue season list ... reached base via hit or walk in 45 of 53 games, including 14 straight from March 31 to April 21, a pair of five-game hit streaks and three perfect days at the plate ... drove in a team-leading 34 RBI, including eight game-winners ... scored 26 runs, including two game-tying efforts and the game-winners against IUPUI and Wisconsin ... in conference play, managed a .349 average, second best on the team, with seven doubles and a triple... ranked fourth in league play in triples, fifth in doubles and 10th in sacrifice bunts (4)... registered multiple hits in 11 games, including four three-hit efforts and three perfect days at the plate ... drew 28 walks and laid down seven sacrifices ... stole eight bases in nine attempts ... made good on 98 percent of her defensive opportunities ... named Offensive Co-MVP and was honored with the Heart of A Champion Award at the postseason banquet.
2011: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... started all 50 games at second base ... posted a .210 average with four doubles and a triple ... scored 13 runs, including the game winner against Ball State ... drove in six RBI, including the game winner against Rutgers ... put together a seven-game hit streak from April 13 to April 30 ... recorded three multi-hit games, including a 2-for-2 effort against Buffalo ... drew three walks and was hit by a pitch twice ... laid down three sacrifices and recorded one steal ... defensively, made good on 95 percent of her fielding opportunities ... received Heart of a Champion award at postseason banquet.
2010: Saw action in 36 games, starting 32: 27 at second base and five at first base ... posted a .253 average with 13 runs, 15 RBI and nine doubles, which ranked second on the team ... first collegiate hit was a bases-clearing double to center field against Saint Louis after entering the game at first base earlier in the sixth inning ... earned first career start, March 12 vs. Long Beach State, playing second base ... tallied multiple hit efforts in five games and multiple RBI outings four times ... kicked off a four-game hit streak with a three-hit effort against New Mexico, March 17 ... scored the game winning run against Cal State Fullerton and drove in the game-winning RBI against Michigan State ... launched two home runs, one vs. Northwestern and another vs. Penn State ... drew eight walks and laid down seven sacrifices ... garnered Heart of a Champion Award at team's postseason banquet.
High School: An all-state selection as a senior after leading her team to a state runner-up finish in 2009 ... earned all-conference, all area and team MVP honors her junior and senior years ... named Big School Player of the Year in the Journal & Courier area her final season ... garnered Softball All-Hoosier Conference honors as a sophomore ... received nine varsity letters, four in softball, three in soccer and two in basketball ... a two-time all-area and all-conference honoree ... garnered honorable mention all-conference accolades and Harrison's mental attitude honoree as a junior ... named soccer team MVP and an ISCA Top Team Player her final season ... on the hardwood, received honorable mention all-conference and all-conference sportsmanship awards as a senior ... named team's mental attitude winner as a senior ... garnered academic excellence and honor roll accolades all four years ... played summer ball for the Indiana Magic, which won the 18U ASA State Championship in 2008 and 2009.
Personal Information: Full name is Ashley Suzanne Courtney ... born April 28, 1991 ... parents are Michael and Amy Courtney ... father is a Purdue alumnus ... has one brother, Brett, a Purdue student ... major is public relations and rhetorical advocacy.