Watch the Season-Opening Softball and Baseball Media Conferences Live

Jan. 28, 2013

Softball Press Conference | Baseball Press Conference

NORMAL, Ill. - Fans can watch Monday's Redbird softball and baseball media conferences, beginning at 1:30 p.m., from the media room in Redbird Arena. The event will be streamed live on

The Redbird softball team enters 2013 coming off of their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title since 2001 and third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance after going 37-27 (18-8 MVC) in 2012. ISU was recently tabbed as the co-favorite to win the Valley this year, along with Southern Illinois. Head coach Melinda Fischer, who enters her 29th season at the helm of Redbird softball, will be joined on the podium by junior pitcher Taylor Baxter, senior infielder/catcher Elizabeth Kay and senior outfielder Lauren Kellar to discuss preparations for their Feb. 7 opener against Sam Houston State in Waco, Texas.

ISU baseball began preparations for the Feb. 15 opener at Memphis with its first official practice, last Friday in Horton Field House. The `Birds went 33-19 overall and 10-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference last year, which included a 13-4 mark at Duffy Bass Field. The 2013 schedule features a program-record 29 home games. Head coach Mark Kingston will be joined by senior infielder Zac Johnson and senior pitcher Chris Razo for the press conference.

Live video of the press conference can be seen on, the Illinois State Athletics Department's exclusive multimedia platform. The video will also be archived following the completion of the press conference and can then be viewed on demand. Weekly programming schedules and complete information are also available online. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.