May 7, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Five Boilermaker players were among the 36 players named to the All-Big Ten first and second teams on Wednesday. Senior outfielder Andie Varsho and junior first baseman Ashley Burkhardt were first team selections, while senior third baseman Tori Chiodo, senior catcher Danielle Fletcher and sophomore pitcher Lilly Fecho garnered second team acclaim.
Five honorees are the most for the Boilermakers in a season in program history, surpassing four selections in 1997 and 2009. Until 2013, three teams of 12 players each were selected for All-Big Ten honors. In 2013, the conference began selecting two 18-member teams and an all-defensive team.
Varsho is a three-time All-Big Ten selection, having earned third team honors in 2011 and first team accolades in 2013. Purdue's all-time hits and batting average leader led the team with a .418 batting average, 42 runs, including seven game-winners, and 20 extra-base hits in 2014. She has reached base in 49 of the team's 54 games, including a stretch of 24 straight. She has 18 RBI, including two game-winners, while tallying 17 multi-hit efforts and five perfect days at the plate. The Chili, Wis., native ranks 45th nationally in batting average and 49th in stolen bases per game (0.46). She stands second among Big Ten players in hits (71), batting average and stolen bases (25), fourth in doubles (14) and on-base percentage (.495) and ninth in runs and slugging percentage (.600). In Big Ten contests, she batted .364 with 21 runs, 12 RBI, nine stolen bases and five home runs. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ranked third in the league in stolen bases, seventh in runs, eighth in doubles (7) and ninth in hits (28). Varsho also was named to the USA Softball Top 50 Player of the Year Watchlist and as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award. She tied school game records for hits (5) and doubles (3) and set a season record with a 22-game hitting streak.
Burkhardt brings home her first All-Big Ten honor after batting .343 with 24 extra-base hits and a team-leading 41 RBI, including six game-winners. The Big Ten's Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 18 has reached base in 40 of the team's 54 games, including a 10-game hitting streak. She has recorded 16 multi-hit games, including two perfect 3-for-3 days. She has driven in multiple RBI in nine games, including six vs. Coastal Carolina, which ranks third on the Purdue game records list. The Academic All-Big Ten selection ranks 23rd nationally and second among Big Ten players in sacrifice flies (4), while also ranking sixth in the Big Ten in doubles (13), eighth in home runs (9), ninth in RBI and 10th in hits (59). The Fort Wayne, Ind., led the Boilermaker bats with a .375 average, 16 RBI and four home runs during Big Ten play. Chiodo earns second team honors after a season which saw her bat .333 with 17 extra-base hits. The Big Ten's Player of the Week on March 24 tallied nine doubles and eight home runs, while driving in 37 RBI, including six game-winners. She also scored 31 runs, including three game-winners. The Sylmar, Calif., native reached base in 43 of 54 games, including 22 straight. She recorded 11 multi-hit efforts and two perfect days at the plate. Chiodo ranks fourth in the Big Ten in walks (34) and ninth in on-base percentage (.468). She batted .371 during Big Ten play with 22 RBI, 19 runs and six home runs. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ranked second in the league in walks (19), third in on-base percentage (.519), fourth in slugging percentage (.774), fifth in home runs (6), sixth in RBI (22), eighth in doubles (7) and 10th in runs (19).
Fecho garners second team acclaim after throwing more than 60 percent of Purdue's games this year, posting a 20-15 record, a 2.80 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 210 innings. The Carol Stream, Ill., native started 34 games, tossing 26 complete games with six shutouts. She ranks among the Top 50 nationally in wins (40th), strikeouts (46th) and shutouts (48th). The sophomore recorded five or more strikeouts in 23 games, including a season-best 10 twice. She leads Big Ten players in innings pitched, ranks third in wins, fourth in strikeouts and looking strikeouts (41), ninth in ERA and 10th in opponent batting average (.243). In league play, Fecho posted a 10-7 mark with 69 K's in 99 innings and three shutouts. She ranked second in the conference in wins and innings pitched, fifth in strikeouts and eighth in looking strikeouts (14). The Academic All-Big Ten selection ranks fourth on the Purdue list for strikeouts in a season (188) and fifth in complete games (26).
Fletcher's second team nod follows a senior season complete with a .333 average, 40 RBI, 10 home runs, 11 doubles and a team-leading .607 slugging percentage. She has driven in multiple RBI in 12 games, including three game-winners, and scored 21 runs, including one game-clincher. The Moor Park, Calif., native reached base in 35 of her 52 games, posting multiple hits in 12 games and four perfect days at the plate. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ranks sixth among Big Ten players in home runs and eighth in slugging percentage. In Big Ten play, she owned a .328 average with a team-best 23 RBI and six home runs, ranking fourth in the league in RBI, fifth in homers and eighth in slugging percentage (.568).
Senior outfielder Maia Monchek was selected as Purdue's Sportsmanship Award honoree. The award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.