May 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The season may have ended for Purdue softball, but the honors continue to roll in for the Boilermakers as junior outfielder Andie Varsho and sophomore second baseman Ashley Burkhardt were named to the NFCA All-Mideast Region first team on Thursday. The All-Region honor is the first for Burkhardt and the second of Varsho's career, following a first team selection in 2011.
Burkhardt started all 55 games, 54 at second base and one as the designated player, boasting a .320 average with a team-best 40 runs and 10 extra-base hits. She offered a consistent bat in the lineup, reaching base via hit or walk in 48 of the team's 55 games. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native posted a team-best 16 game hitting streak (March 12-April 12), second longest in program history ... also posted a seven-game hit streak from Feb. 8-16 and a six-game streak to end the season (April 28-). The sophomore tallied multiple hits in 16 games, including a 3-for-3 effort against No. 16 Arizona and two other three hit performances. Burkhardt has scored three game-tying runs and four game-winners, while also driving in 14 RBI, including three game-winners. She swiped 20 bases, ranking fifth in the Big Ten, while also ranking ninth in triples (2). In conference play, Burkhardt ranked fourth in stolen bases (8) and ninth in runs scored (18).
Also a first team All-Big Ten selection, Varsho started all 55 games in right field and ranked 48th nationally with a .415 average and 51st with 0.49 stolen bases per game. Her batting average ranks third best in a season in Purdue lore, while she also tallied 71 hits, tying the fifth-most in the Purdue season history books, posted a .500 on-base percentage (third best in season history), a .591 slugging percentage and 16 extra base hits. The junior reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 47 of the team's 55 games and put together a pair of nine-game hit streaks. She posted 23 games, including four three-hit efforts and a 4-for-4 effort. The Chili, Wis., native drove in a team-leading 39 RBI, including four game winners and three-game tying efforts. She also scored 35 runs, including four game winners. Varsho led the Big Ten in stolen bases (29), while also ranking second in hits (71), sixth in batting average (.415), sixth in on-base percentage (.500) and ninth in triples (2). In conference play, she ranked third in stolen bases (11), ninth in walks (16) and 10th in hits (26). The outfielder swiped a game-record three bases against Texas A&M Corpus Christi March 3 and moved into the Purdue career top five for triples (4th with 10) and stolen bases (3rd with 79). Varsho also was an Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
With their All-Mideast Region selections, both Varsho and Burkhardt will be eligible for NFCA All-America honors, which will be announced during the NCAA Women's College World Series at the end of May.