Feb. 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Ashley Burkhardt was rewarded for her stellar offensive efforts at the Kickin' Chicken Classic as she garnered Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.
Burkhardt, who was named to the Kickin' Chicken Classic all-tournament team, led the Boilermaker bats with a .533 average, a 1.333 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage, while also racking up a team-leading 12 RBI and eight runs. The junior had a hit in all five of Purdue's games, including multi-hit efforts in both games against Coastal Carolina and also against Virginia. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native racked up eight hits, including six for extra bases.
Burkhardt had two of the team's four hits in Game 1 vs. Coastal Carolina and came up big in Game 2 with a Purdue game-record tying two home runs, with five RBI and three runs scored, including the game winning RBI and score. Against Virginia, she went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs, including the game winner. In Game 1 with Towson, Burkhardt came through with one of Purdue's three hits. The first baseman wrapped up the weekend with a home run, three runs and three RBI in the finale against Towson.
Burkhardt is the first Purdue player to earn Big Ten Player of the Week since Molly Garst was so honored on Feb. 27, 2012, and the first Boilermaker to receive a weekly honor since Lilly Fecho earned the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week nod on April 15, 2013.
The Boilermakers (4-4-1) return to action at 2:15 p.m. Saturday when they kick off a four-game slate at the Wilson/DeMarini Classic in Auburn, Ala.