Nichelle Harrison and Elizabeth Kay are first team choices, while Taylor Baxter and Laura Canopy earn honorable mention status
The third-seeded Redbirds surrendered four unearned runs to seventh-seeded Evansville in the defeat
Elizabeth Kay is the MVC Player of the Year, while Laura Canopy, Jhavon Hamilton, Taylor Baxter, Nichelle Harrison and Lauren Kellar are All-Valley selections
ISU still took the series, 2-1, despite the Senior Day defeat
Taylor Baxter, Regan Romshek and Sophia Perez combined to allow just one run, as ISU extended its season-best winning streak to six
WJBC Redbird Recap - Missouri St. vs. Illinois St.
GoRedbirds.com features a short video introducing freshman pitcher Taylor Baxter, one of the new additions to the Redbird softball roster.
The Redbirds were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament with a 5-3 loss to Evansville.
Elizabeth Kay was named the MVC Player of the Year, while six Redbirds earned All-Valley accolades.
The Redbirds and Bears split a doubleheader, April 6. ISU won game one, 1-0, before dropping game two, 7-4.
2012: Finished her sophomore campaign 0-1 in the circle with a save and a 9.26 ERA...tossed 11.1 innings and notched nine strikeouts...tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and recorded three strikeouts vs. nationally-ranked Tennessee (Feb. 25)...held nationally-ranked Baylor to just one hit over the final 2.2 innings to seal a 6-4 win for the Redbirds and earn the save inside the circle (Mar. 3)...allowed just one hit with a strikeout in 0.2 innings at Southern Illinois (Mar. 31) in her only appearance in conference play.
2011: Finished 4-3 in the circle with 31 strikeouts in 45.1 innings in her first season as a Redbird...limited opponents to a .254 batting average and recorded three shutouts in six starts...tossed only the second perfect game in ISU softball history and recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in a 9-0 victory over Central Connecticut State in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 27)...recorded three shutouts in her first three collegiate starts, earning her first career win vs. Maryland (Feb. 12)...notched her first Missouri Valley Conference win after tossing four scoreless innings vs. Missouri State (Apr. 3).
Palmyra HS: A member of the three-time 2A Missouri state softball championship team, which was the first team in Missouri to win three-straight championships ... a two-sport athlete who competes in softball and basketball ... recorded 248 strikeouts with an ERA of .195 ... a pitching record of 20-2 her senior year ... All-State First Team for four years ... a four-time conference player of the year in softball ... holds the record for most wins in the state of Missouri at 88 and second in shutouts with 61 ... recorded 1,030 strike outs over four years, which is third in the state ... only athlete to be named the Quincy Herald-Whig All-Area Player of the Year four times.
Personal: Born Oct. 9, 1991...Parents: David and Tina Baxter...Sibling: Trent...AFNI Honor Roll...Major: elementary education.