May 23, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior outfielder Andie Varsho has added another title to her already impressive resume and season, that of Academic All-American as the Chili, Wis., garnered Capitol One third team honors on Thursday.
Already a first team All-Big Ten and NFCA All-Mideast honoree and Academic All-District 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 previously was a first team All-Mideast Region and third team All-Big Ten selection on the field in 2011. The two-time All-Big Ten honoree, along with teammate Ashley Burkhardt, is in the running for NFCA All-America honors, which will be announced next week.
Varsho is Purdue's first softball Academic All-American since Tricia Lilley earned the honor in 2006 and the sixth in program history.