June 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior outfielder Andie Varsho added one final honor to her list of accomplishments in 2013 when she was named to the Easton All-American first team on Tuesday. Twenty-eight student-athletes were named to two Easton Division I teams. Twelve more honorees came from the NAIA, Division II and Division III ranks.
In order to be eligible for the Easton All-America honors, a student-athlete must play for one of the Easton sponsored schools, which span the Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college ranks. Overall season statistics, nominations to conference and national awards, and importance to team success also are considered when determining the honorees.
Varsho, who was a Easton All-American third team honoree as a rookie, also garnered third team Academic All-America, first team All-Big Ten and NFCA All-Mideast Region accolades in 2013. She started all 55 games in right field and ranked 41st nationally with a .415 average, 42nd with 0.53 stolen bases per game and 49th in on-base percentage (.500). 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. Varsho also posted the third best on-base percentage 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 (2011 and 2013) and third baseman Ashley Hall (2007) are the most recent Boilermakers to receive Easton All-America honors. The Boilermakers posted a 23-32 record in 2013, but ranked fourth nationally in stolen bases, thanks in part to Varsho's stealing prowess.