May 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior outfielder Andie Varsho and senior designated player Erika Petruzzi were named to the Academic All-District V softball teams on Friday, continuing Purdue softball's tradition of excellence in the classroom.
Varsho, an organizational leadership and supervision major, received first team honors, making her eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in late May. The Chili, Wis., native has started all 50 games in right field and ranks 28th nationally with a .430 batting average and 58th with 0.48 stolen bases per game. She has posted a .497 on-base percentage and a .595 slugging percentage with 16 extra-base hits including four home runs. She has reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 42 of 50 games and put together a pair of nine-game hit streaks. Varsho has driven in a team-best 36 RBI, including four game winners, and scored 31 runs, including four game winners. She also has drawn 21 walks. The junior leads the Big Ten in stolen base (36), while also ranking second in hits (68), fifth in batting average (.430), seventh in on-base percentage (.497) and eighth in triples (2). In conference play, she ranks third in stolen bases (9), eighth in hits (25) and walks (13). Varsho tied the game record for stolen bases with three against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on March 2 and has moved into Purdue's career top five for stolen bases (3rd with 76) and triples (5th with 10).
Petruzzi, a human services major, was a second team selection. The Carmel, Ind., native has seen action in 39 games, starting 28 as the designated player, two in left field and two at pitcher. She is batting .208 with six doubles and three home runs. The senior tied the game record for stolen bases with three against Hampton in the season opener and also tied the game record for home runs with two against Indiana. Petruzzi has driven in 14 RBI, including the game winner against Indiana, and scored 10 runs. She has drawn 13 walks, was hit by a pitch once and has stolen five bases. In the circle, Petruzzi has posted a 2-1 record in six appearances, including a complete-game shutout vs. Hampton. She owns a 3.00 ERA and has issued five strikeouts in 16 innings of work.
Each Academic All-District team consists of two pitchers, a catcher, four infielders, four outfielders and a designated player. First team selections are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors. Student-athletes must be a sophomore or above academically and carry a 3.30 or higher grade-point average to be eligible for Academic All-District honors. District V includes schools from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
The Boilermakers have earned six Academic All-District selections since 2009, including at least one each season. The Purdue softball program boasts five Academic All-Americans, 19 Academic All-District and 118 Academic All-Big Ten selections. At least four Boilermakers have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors every year since 1995, including nine in 2012.
The Boilermakers (22-28, 8-12 Big Ten) wrap up regular season play this weekend vs. Iowa. Game times are 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Purdue will look to bolster its seeding for the Big Ten Tournament and can finish anywhere from sixth to 10th depending on weekend results.
A full listing of Academic All-District Selections can be found here