News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Thirty-one Purdue student-athletes earned the Distinguished Scholar Award this year.
Purdue selections include Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, seven All-Big Ten honorees.
Softball raps out 13 hits in victory, heads to Michigan for final series.
Senior shortstop is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
For The Record: Set career records for stolen bases (130) and runs (148) ... ranked second in career batting average (.362) and doubles (44), third in hits (236) and fourth in on-base percentage (.431) and triples (10)... set season stolen base record with 43 in 2010 and ranked fifth on the listing with 34 in 2011 ... ranked fifth on the season list for runs with 44 in 2012 ... tied game record for hits (5 vs. Troy, Feb. 26, 2012)... tied the Purdue game-record for stolen bases with three in seven games: against Appalachian State on Feb. 15, 2009; against Buffalo on March 13, at Cal State Fullerton on March 17, vs. No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette on March 20, and at Minnesota on May 2, 2010l vs. IUPUI on April 6, 2011; and vs. Niagara on Feb. 25, 2012 ... tied Purdue game-record with four runs three times: against No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette on March 20 and at Minnesota on May 2, 2010, and against IUPUI on April 6, 2011 ... tied game record for home runs with two against IUPUI on April 6, 2011.
2012: Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... Big Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 27, 2012) ... Academic All-District V ... Academic All-Big Ten ... posted a .360 average, second best on the team, with a team-leading 64 hits in 178 at-bats ... tallied 18 extra-base hits, including 14 doubles, two triples and two home runs ... reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 45 of 53 games ... scored a team-best 44 runs, which ranked fifth on the season list, including one game-tying effort and four game winners ... drove in 26 RBI, including one game-tying effort and three game winners ... swiped a team-best 28 bases, ranking 29th nationally with 0.53 per game ... ranked among the top 10 in the Big Ten in stolen bases (2nd), hits (4th), runs (5th), doubles (5th), triples (6th), batting average (8th) and double plays (10th with 9) ... tallied multiple hits in 17 games, including her record-tying 5-for-5 effort against Troy ... put together a seven-game hit streak from March 29 to April 7 and registered two perfect days at the plate ... batted .342 in Big Ten play with 27 hits, 20 runs and nine stolen bases ... ranked second in the conference in steals and fourth in runs ... named team's Offensive Co-MVP at postseason banquet ... graduated May 2012 with organizational leadership and supervision major.
2011: Academic All-District V second team selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... named Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 21 ... started all 50 games at shortstop, reaching base in 46 of them, including 22 straight (3/5-4/9) and 15 straight (4/13-5/14) ... ranked seventh nationally in stolen bases (0.68) and 44th in triples (4) ... posted a .383 average, second highest on the team, with nine doubles, four triples and seven home runs ... boasted a team-leading .611 slugging percentage ... recorded a team-high 34 stolen bases, fifth most on the Purdue season list, while setting the career steals record (102) ... tied game record for home runs (2), stolen bases (3) and runs (4) against IUPUI ... scored team-best 39 runs, including four game winners and one game-tying effort ... tallied 26 RBI, including two game winners ... ranked among Big Ten's top 10 in stolen bases (3rd), triples (5th), hits (8th, 64), runs (8th), and slugging percentage (10th) ... tallied multiple hits in 20 games, including a 4-for-4 effort against Iowa State ... drove in multiple RBI six times, including six vs. IUPUI ... hit .305 in conference play with seven stolen bases, a tally which ranked seventh in the league.
2010: First Team All-Mideast Region ... Second Team All-Big Ten at third base ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Player of the Week, May 3 ... ranked fourth nationally in stolen bases per game (0.80) and 35th in doubles per game (0.31) ... started all 54 games: 52 at third base and two at shortstop ... set season stolen bases record with 43, third most in Big Ten history ... led team and ranked fifth in the Big Ten with a .391 average, including 17 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 43 stolen bases ... reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 43 of 54 games ... posted two 11-game hit streaks: Feb. 13 to 27 and April 18 to May 9 ... scored 40 runs, including six game-winners ... drove in 25 RBI, two game-tying efforts and four game-winners ... launched first career home run, a solo shot vs. No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette at the Judi Garman Classic ... drew 13 walks and was hit a pitch five times ... ranked among the Big Ten's top five in stolen bases (1st), doubles (2nd), hits (3rd with 68), defensive assists (3rd with 123), sacrifice flies (4th with 2) and batting average (5th) ... in conference play, led the league in doubles (6), ranked second in steals (15) and assists (50), fourth in sacrifice flies (1) and fifth in batting average (.429) ... garnered Offensive MVP honors at the team's postseason banquet.
2009: Second team All-Big Ten as a utility player ... saw action in all 51 of the team's games, starting 45, 38 in the outfield (24 in left field, one in center field, 13 in right field), four at third base and three at designated player ... posted a .301 average, including a team-leading .315 mark in Big Ten play ... racked up 25 runs and 16 RBI ... swiped 25 bases, ranking 35th nationally (0.49 per game) and second in the Big Ten ... steals tally also ranks third in the Purdue single-season record book ... nabbed three stolen bases against Appalachian State on Feb. 15, tying the Purdue single-game record ... put together an 11-game hit streak from April 22 to May 16, the longest streak on the team, and an eight-game hit streak from March 6 to 16 ... tallied multiple hits in eight games and multiple RBI in six games ... drove in the game winning RBI against Ball State and scored three game-winning runs ... ranked second in the Big Ten in stolen bases ... in conference play led the league in stolen bases (11) and ranked ninth in sacrifice bunts (4).
High School: four-time first team all-state selection ... garnered first team all-conference, all-district, all-region, and all-area honors all four years ... three-time Joplin Globe All-Area Team selection ... led team to state titles in 2004 and 2007 and a third-place finish at the state tournament in 2005 ... team won four straight district titles, while also earning sectional and quarterfinal titles three times ... named St. John's Athlete of the Year and 4-States MVP as a senior ... set the record for stolen bases in state playoff games, while batting .602 as Webb City posted a perfect 32-0 record her freshman season ... set the Webb City school record for career runs scored ... first female athlete from Webb City High School to sign to play a Division I sport ... a two-year letterwinner in basketball ... member of the state champion 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams as a freshman ... member of the USSAA All-World Team in 2006 as the Southwest Missouri Firestix won the USSAA 18 Major Championship ... helped KC Peppers Gold summer ball team to ninth place at Gold Nationals in 2008 ... four-year distinguished honor roll member.
Personal Information: full name is Molly Marie Garst ... born March 1, 1990 ... parents are Kent and Kelly Garst ... has one sister, MacKenzie ... plans on majoring in Business Marketing/Graphic Design.