May 1, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior outfielder Andie Varsho was named as a Capitol One Academic All-District V selection on Thursday making her eligible for her second career Academic All-America honor.
Varsho, an organizational leadership and supervision major is one of 11 players selected to the District V team. The Chili, Wis., native was a third team Academic All-America selection in 2013, one of six Academic All-Americans in program history. Purdue has had at least one Academic All-District selection each of the last six years and 20 in program history.
On the field, Varsho has rewritten the Purdue record books and garnered numerous accolades. The program's all-time hits leader (271) also ranks among the Purdue career top five in stolen bases (2nd with 104), doubles (2nd with 44), runs (2nd with 141), triples (3rd with 11), walks (4th with 82). She also set the school record for longest hitting streak in a season, 22 games from March 1 to April 5. Varsho also tied game record for hits with 5-for-5 effort against Bryant on March 14 and tied game record for doubles with three in Game against Penn State, March 22.
The two-time All-Region, two-time All-Big Ten and four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week selection boasts a team-best .438 with a team-leading 41 runs and 25 stolen bases this season. One of 50 players selected to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watchlist and one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award, Varsho has reached base via hit or walk in 48 of the team's 51 games, including a 24-game stretch. She has driven in 16 RBI, including two game-winners, and registered 17 multi-hit efforts and five perfect days at the plate. Varsho leads the Big Ten in hits (70), ranks second in batting average (.438) and stolen bases (25), fourth in doubles (14) and on-base percentage (.516), eighth in runs (41) and 10th in slugging percentage (.613). In Big Ten play, the right fielder ranks second in stolen bases (9), fifth in hits (27), sixth in doubles (7), seventh in runs (20) and ninth in home runs (4).
All told as a Boilermaker, Varsho has started 209 games, 184 in right field, 14 in center field and 11 in left field. She boasts spots among the season top five in four categories and also tied the game records for stolen bases, runs, doubles and hits. She has driven in 115 RBI, including 11 game-winners, and scored 141 runs, with 18 game winners. She will likely leave Purdue with the career record for batting average, currently a stellar .404 effort.
The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Mortar Board member will graduate in August.
Academic All-America teams will be announced on May 22.