Feb. 20, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior outfielder Andie Varsho was named as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Coming into 2014, Varsho had posted a .392 career batting average, including averages above .400 as a freshman and junior. The two-time All-Mideast Region selection (2013, 2011) ranked among the national Top 50 in batting average (41st, .415), stolen bases per game (42nd, 0.53), and on-base percentage (49th, .500) in 2013. The first team All-Big Ten and team Offensive MVP reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 47 of the team's 55 games, including a pair of nine-game hit streaks and 23 multi-hit efforts. The Big Ten's leader in stolen bases (29) also ranked second in the league in hits (71), sixth in batting average and on-base percentage and ninth in triples (2). She drove in a team-best 39 RBI, including four game-winners, while scoring 35 runs, including four game clinchers. The outfielder also made good on all but one defensive try, while starting all 55 games.
Varsho is making a name for herself on the Purdue season and career records lists, ranking third all-time in career steals (84) and third in career triples (11). She also owns two spots on the season top five for batting average (2nd with .426 in 2011; 3rd with .415 in 2013), the fourth-place spot in on-base percentage (.500 in 2013), and the fifth spots in stolen bases (34 in 2011), hits (71 in 2013) and triples (5 in 2013). The right fielder also has tied the Purdue game record for stolen bases (3) and runs (4).
Thus far in 2014, Varsho has been selected as part of USA Softball's Top 50 Player of the Year watch list and to College Sports Madness Big Ten Preseason All-Conference first team. She owns a .429 average with nine runs, three RBI and five stolen bases in the team's first two weekends.
A third team Academic All-America honoree in 2013, Varsho boasts a 3.86 in her organizational leadership and supervision major. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten and 2013 Academic All-District honoree, Varsho has her sights on a career in project management or marketing. In the spring of 2013, Varsho was inducted in Mortar Board, a nationwide organization whose members are selected for superior scholarship, dedicated service to the university community and outstanding and constant leadership.
Varsho's full nomination bio can be found here.
A look at all 30 candidates can be found here.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. A ballot will then be distributed to media, coaches and fans for a nationwide vote. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series May 29-June 4.
Varsho is the most recent Senior CLASS candidate for Purdue softball, following Molly Garst in 2012 and Liane Horiuchi in 2010.