Kay Awarded Duffy Bass Endowed Scholarship
June 26, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior shortstop Brett Kay has been awarded the Duffy Bass Endowed Scholarship, as announced by the Illinois State Athletics Department Tuesday.
The scholarship is named after the former Illinois State skipper who guided the program to more than 700 wins and the 1969 College Division National Championship. It is awarded each year to an ISU junior or senior baseball player who most exhibits the legacy of Bass.
"Brett displays all of the characteristics that Coach Bass would have appreciated," head coach Mark Kingston said. "He is hardnosed, maintaines a great work ethic, wants to win and cares about his teammates. Brett is very deserving of this honor."
The Arlington Heights, Ill., native appeared in 50 games last season for the Redbirds, making 41 starts. He hit .269/.343/.329 with two home runs, 16 RBI and four doubles. Kay led ISU with eleven sacrifice hits and was efficient on the base paths, stealing 14-of-16 attempted bases. Defensively, he anchored the infield at shortstop and maintained a .985 fielding percentage with 145 assists. As a freshman in 2010, he became just the third Redbird in team history to be selected to an NCAA Regional All-Tournament team. Kay went 4-11 with two runs scored at the Louisville, Ky., Regional.
Bass retired from Illinois State in 1988 and passed away in 2008. Following its multimillion dollar renovation in 2009, ISU's home baseball stadium was dedicated as Duffy Bass Field.
The Duffy Bass Endowed Scholarship is one of 24 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803.
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