Feb. 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior shortstop Molly Garst was named Big Ten Player of the Week after a monster weekend which included tying two school records and leading the Boilermakers to a 5-0 mark at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga.
Garst paced the Boilermaker hitters with a .667 average, while also tying the school records for hits in a game with a 5-for-5 effort against Troy and for steals with three against Niagara as Purdue moved to 9-0 on the year, its best start in school history. She reached base in 18 of her 23 plate appearances, including 12 hits, four walks and a hit by pitch for a .739 on-base percentage. The senior tallied four extra-base hits, including a triple and home run, slugging at a 1.056 clip. She scored 10 runs, including two or more in four games, while also driving in six runs. On the base paths, Garst was a perfect 8-for-8 in steals, boosting her career record tally to 111.
The senior went 3-for-3 against Belmont, with two RBI and two runs scored. She reached base in all five plate appearances with two singles, a double, a walk and a hit by pitch. She drove in two RBI with the sixth-inning double, while scoring on her first two plate appearances. Against UT-Martin, Garst drew two walks, reached on an error and scored a run. The Webb City, Mo., native went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI against Niagara. She singled and scored, then added an RBI triple as Purdue batted around in the third inning. The senior then singled and scored in the fifth. Garst tallied a hit and a walk against Chattanooga. In the tournament finale against Troy, Garst tied Purdue's record mark with 5 hits, matching Angi Roembke's 5-for-5 effort from the April 14, 2002 game vs. Indiana. The effort included a game starting solo home run, two RBI singles, another single and a double. The senior scored the game-winning run in the contest as well.
Garst is hitting at a team-best .593 clip with 14 runs, 10 RBI, six extra base hits and nine steals. She boasts a .926 slugging percentage and a .711 on-base percentage.
The Big Ten Player of the Week honor is the second of Garst's career, following a Feb. 21, 2011, accolade. The award is the second in as many weeks for Purdue, following Lindsey Rain's Feb. 20 selection.
The Boilermakers take their 9-0 record to Orlando, Fla., for the Citrus Classic this weekend.