- Organizational Leadership & Supervision
A third team Academic All-America honoree in 2013, Varsho boasts a 3.86 GPA in her organizational leadership and supervision major and is on pace to graduate in August. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten and 2013 Academic All-District honoree, Varsho has her sights on a career in either project management or marketing. She spent the summer of 2013 getting prepared for life after college with an internship as a sales and marketing rep for the Reading Fightin Phils, a AA team for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. In the spring of 2013, Varsho was inducted into Mortar Board. Mortar Board members nationwide are selected for their superior scholarship, dedicated service to the university community, and outstanding and constant leadership. Mortar Board can be found assisting special university leaders, holding a leadership conference, backing intercollegiate athletics, and honoring staff members who are especially supportive of students. Varsho is committed to finding success on and off the field and is the epitome of the term student-athlete.
It takes a special player dedicated to move up and down the lineup card and be the go-to for the team, but whether the demand has been for her to be leadoff, bat second, draw a walk, swipe bases to set up scoring chances or pick up a clutch RBI, Varsho has never wavered from her team-first mentality. The Chili, Wis., native also has taken the pressure of being an award-winning player in stride and not let it distract her from her game. As a junior, she asked the coaching staff if she could stop slap-hitting and focus strictly on hitting in order to better fill the team’s needs and be more reliable. Through her performance and leadership, Varsho has proven to be someone her teammates can depend on no matter the situation.
Individually, as part of the Purdue softball team or the athletic department’s student-athlete leadership group, Boilermaker Athletic Council, Varsho gives back to teammates, local citizens and the global community. The Purdue softball team has raised more than $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of the Light The Night Walk over the last three years. The team takes pledges from friends and family, which are donated to LLS as part of the walk, which honors those who have been lost and survivors as well as the families which benefit from the funds. In her time as a Boilermaker, Varsho has helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity, cleaned up the environment with De-Trash the Wabash, danced in the Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital, collected food and funds for Food Finders Food Pantry, sung Christmas carols at the local retirement community, and helped local children at the HannaFest carnival. She also has invested in the future of softball by helping out at camps and clinics throughout her career.
Varsho boasts a .448 average with a team-best 19 runs, seven doubles and 12 stolen bases. She owns a .552 slugging percentage and .533 on-base percentage. She has reached base in all but one of the team’s 29 games and posted a nine-game hit streak from Feb. 14 to Feb. 23 and is in the midst of a 13-game stretch. She has registered 10 multi-hit days including two perfect days at the plate, a school record-tying 5-for-5 effort vs. Bryant and a 3-for-3 effort.
On the career records list, Varsho has moved into second place for stolen bases (91), and third in triples (11). She entered the Purdue top five for hits (240) over the weekend and now ranks 3rd, and will soon enter the top five for runs (119 currently - 5th is 127) and RBI (106 currently - 5th is 117). Varsho boasts a career .400 average with a .533 slugging percentage and .467 on-base percentage.