May 3, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior shortstop Molly Garst was named an Academic All-District V selection for the second straight year, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The organizational leadership and supervision major and communications minor is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Garst has put her stamp on the Purdue offensive records book during her career. Purdue's career stolen base leader with 129 steals and counting, she also became the Boilermakers' all-time leader in runs scored in Game 2 on April 28 when she recorded her 141st. Garst ended the weekend with 143 runs. The shortstop also owns the season steals record with 43 in 2010 and has tied the game record for stolen bases with three in seven contests. The two-time All-Big Ten honoree also owns a share of the game record for runs with four on three occasions and the home runs mark with two against IUPUI in 2011.
All told, the Webb City, Mo., native has batted .363 with 143 runs, 92 RBI and 129 steals. She ranks among the Purdue top five in career batting average, on-base percentage, steals, runs, hits, doubles and triples. A three-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree, Garst has chipped in 17 game-winning runs and accounted for 10 game-winning RBI. She has piled up multiple hits in 64 games and accounted for multiple RBI in 24 contests.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-District V selection in 2011, Garst was one of 30 players in the nation selected as a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate this year. The 2010 All-Mideast Region selection has played in 202 games, starting 196 at shortstop, third base, designated player and in the outfield.