May 28, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Outfielder Andie Varsho signed a contract this week to play professionally for the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch league.
Varsho, a two-time All-Region and three-time All-Big Ten selection, finished her four-year career as the Boilermakers' all-time career leader in hits (275) and batting average (.398). The Chili, Wis., native also is second all-time in runs, doubles, stolen bases and on-base percentage, tied for third in triples and fourth in walks and slugging percentage.
As a senior, Varsho set a school record with a program-best 22 game hitting streak, while also posting the third best batting average in program history (.416) and ranking third in hits (74). The outfielder also earned spots among the season top five in doubles, runs and on-base percentage. She also tied game records for hits (5) and doubles (3) en route to first team All-Midwest Region and first team All-Big Ten honors. Varsho was named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watchlist and was one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award.
Varsho ranked 44th nationally in batting average and 48th in stolen bases per game, while reaching base in 51 of 56 games. The two-time Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection led the team with a .416 average with 45 runs and 22 extra-base hits, and was also tops on the team in hits, doubles, stolen bases and on-base percentage.
During Varsho's Purdue career, the Boilermakers finished in the upper half of the Big Ten three times.
The NPF is made up of four teams - the Chicago Bandits, the USSSA Pride, the Akron Racers and the Rebellion.
The Rebellion, which is presented by Court Financial Group, begins its 2014 season May 30 when it takes on the USSSA Pride at CONSOL Energy Park in Salisbury, Md. The team is slated for 48 games between May 30 and August 16.
Purdue previously has had two players affiliated with the NPF as Sheryl Scheve was on the Durham Dragons opening day roster in 1998 and Jenny Schoen was listed on the Virginia Roadsters' 1999 roster. Scheve and Schoen were drafted by Durham in 1998. Sam Mercier was drafted by the Tampa Bay Firestix in December 1998, but did not play for the team. Liane Horiuchi was drafted by the Akron Racers in 2010, but did not play for the team.
The Pennsylvania Rebellion
The Rebellion is a professional women's softball team in Washington, Pa., competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Joining the gritty fast-paced league in 2014, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For tickets, please visit www.rebellionprosoftball.com or call 724.250.7412.
National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fastpitch softball since 2002.