May 8, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior outfielder Andie Varsho and senior outfielder Maia Monchek were named to the All-Big Ten teams on Wednesday. Varsho garnered first team honors, while Monchek was selected to the second team. This is Monchek's first All-Big Ten honor and the second of Varsho's career, along with a third-team accolade in 2011.
Varsho is Purdue's first first team selection since outfielder Lindsey Rains was so honored in 2011. All told, the Boilermakers have received 39 previous All-Big Ten selections, including 10 first team honorees. Including the duo, Purdue has received 18 All-Big Ten selections under head coach Kim Maher.
Varsho boasts a team-leading .411 average with a team-best 36 RBI, 32 runs and 16 extra-base hits. She ranks 51st nationally in stolen bases per game and 55th in batting average. The junior has reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 45 of 53 games, including a pair of nine-game hit streaks. The Chili, Wis., native has made good on all but one defensive opportunity. She leads all conference players in stolen bases (28), while ranking second in hits, sixth in batting average, eighth in triples and ninth in on-base percentage. In Big Ten play, she has managed a .361 mark with 16 RBI, 13 runs and 11 steals, which rank third in the league. Varsho also is ninth in walks (16) and 10th in hits (26) during conference play.
Monchek is batting .300 on the season with 14 RBI, nine runs and one home run. She has started 50 games in left field, making good on all but one defensive opportunity. She has reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 41 of 52 games, including a nine-game hit streak, a six gamer and her current five game stretch. The San Mateo, Calif., native ranks fifth in the Big Ten in hit by pitches with 11 and also ranks fifth in HBPs in league play with five. In Big Ten play, Monchek has posted a .343 average with six RBI, five runs, five walks and five hit by pitches.
Senior first baseman Ashley Courtney also was announced as Purdue softball's Sportsmanship Award winner. Courtney started 43 games at first base and one as the designated player, while posting a .170 average, two doubles and five stolen bases. The Lafayette, Ind., native drove in 13 RBI, including three game winners, while scoring 11 runs. She posted multiple hits in five games, including a 2-for-2 effort against Ohio State. Courtney laid down a team-leading 11 sacrifice bunts, which ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten Conference, while also drawing four walks and being hit by a pitch twice. Defensively, the three-time All-Big Ten selection was a part of 11 double plays, which also ranks among the league's top 10 in 2013. Courtney, who received the Coaches' Award at the team's banquet on Sunday, also leads the team's community service efforts.
The Boilermakers continue their 2013 season when they take on Michigan State at the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Watch and listen to the game live. First pitch is slated for 8 p.m. ET.