Jan. 29, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior outfielder Andie Varsho is starting the 2014 season off with high expectations as she was named to the USA Softball Top 50 Watch List for Player of the Year.
The pre-season "Watch List" includes 24 seniors, 20 juniors and six sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. Varsho is one of seven Big Ten players on the listing.
Varsho boasts a career .392 batting average with 100 runs, 99 RBI and a .530 slugging percentage with 47 extra-base hits, including 10 triples, which rank fifth all-time among Boilermakers. The senior owns a career on-base percentage of .455 and has also swiped 79 bases, a tally which ranks third all-time at Purdue. Defensively, the Chili, Wis., native has compiled a .993 fielding percentage.
In 2013, Varsho garnered first team All-Mideast Region and first team All-Big Ten honors after batting .415, an average that ranked 41st nationally. She also ranked 42nd nationally in stolen bases per game (0.53) and 49th in on-base percentage (.500). The outfielder led the Big Ten in stolen bases (29) and tied the Purdue game record for stolen bases (3) and runs (4). Varsho also excelled in the classroom, earning third team Academic All-America and Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Her sophomore season brought a .339 average, 30 RBI and 30 runs and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, along with College Sports Madness Big Ten All-Conference second team honors.
As a rookie in 2011, Varsho earned first team All-Midwest Region and third team All-Big Ten accolades and was named as a four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week and one time Big Ten Player of the Week selection. She ranked among the top 30 nationally in four categories: seventh in stolen bases per game (0.68), 14th in triples (5), 16th in triples per game (0.10) and 26th in batting average (.426).
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. While an athlete does not have to be on the "Watch List" to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.
The full Top 50 Player of the Year Watch List can be found here.
The Boilermakers begin their 2014 campaign at the Louisiana Classic in Lafayette, La., Feb. 8.