2007: Named to the All-Valley First Team ... picked to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team ... a two-time selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team after earning the honor in 2005 ... earned MVC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 12 ... was a two-time Prairie Farms Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks (March 14 and 21) ... selected to the State Farm MVC All-Tournament team after being the only Redbird to collect multiple hits (2-for-3) in ISU's semifinal loss to Southern Illinois on May 11 ... earned the celebrated decision (2-1) on March 2 over perennial powerhouse UCLA at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles ... on the ISU career pitching charts, No. 1 wins, saves, appearances, games started, innings pitched and shutouts; No. 2 in and strikeouts; No. 3 in complete games; and No. 4 in strikeouts per seven inning game ... one of just three Redbirds with more than 400 career strikeouts, along with all-Americans Audra Rast and Nicole Kurth ... offensively, ranks No. 5 in career home runs and No. 8 in career runs batted in ... AFNI honor roll member.
2006: NFCA Great Lakes Region Second Team ... All-Valley First Team ... State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team ... MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention ... recorded Illinois State's first NCAA Tournament win since 2001 ... led the `Birds to their first MVC regular-season crown since 2003 with consecutive wins against Missouri State on the final day of the regular season ... first player in Valley history to sweep Player and Pitcher of the Week honors (3/4) ... two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (3/9 and 5/10) ... led the `Birds in nearly every pitching category, in addition to finishing with a team-best .333 average at the plate ... Western Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament Team ... MVC Pitcher of the Week (4/24) ... on the ISU single season pitching lists, No. 4 in season wins, appearances and starts and ranked No. 5 in strikeouts ... her seven home runs tied for No. 8 on the ISU season charts ... finished the season in the top 10 in the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, runs, home runs, innings pitched, strikeouts, wins, saves, starts and appearances ... had two 10-strikeout games, tying her career high ... hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh against Evansville (4/15) and had two of ISU's three hits in the game ... recorded 13 of the Redbirds' last 15 decisions ... served as the DP when not pitching ... AFNI Honor Roll member.
2005: ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team ... Preseason All-Valley honorable mention ... received MVC Commissioner's Academic Award ... named to Valley Honor Roll ... team leader in wins, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts ... compiled seven multiple-RBI games ... hit the first grand slam of her collegiate career in a win over UNI (5/1) ... pitched a season-high nine innings against Indiana State on two occasions ... recorded a season-high eight strikeouts against Auburn (2/4) and at Western Kentucky (3/12) ... one of two Redbirds with a hit in the win over No. 25 Northwestern (3/4) ... earned the win over SIU for Illinois State's first victory in the State Farm MVC Tournament since 2002 ... recorded the win over No. 24 Pacific (3/6) ... AFNI Honor Roll member.
2004: First Redbird to take home Valley Rookie of the Year honors since 1996 ... led the ISU staff in wins, appearances, starts, complete games, shutouts, innings pitched and strikeouts ... All-Valley first team selection ... Valley Pitcher of the Week (3/30 and 4/26) ... tallied a career high 10 strikeouts against Wichita State (4/25) ... had the longest hitting streak on the team at eight games ... one of four Redbirds with a home run against Wichita State (4/24) ... drove in both of the Redbirds' runs in the tie at DePaul (4/6) ... smacked a three-run homer that sealed a 3-0 win over Illinois in the first at bat of her collegiate career, as it was the `Birds' first win over the Illini ... Illinois State Rookie of the Year ... No. 7 in the Valley in innings pitched (176.1), the only freshman in the top ten ... in MVC games, led the league in wins, appearances and starts ... AFNI Honor Roll member.
Edison: Three-year starter ... played in 29 games her senior year, pitching in 27 ... amassed 220 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.64 in 2003 ... 2003 Athlete of the Year ... also played basketball and tennis ... member of her high school's Softball Hall of Fame ... two-time Sunset League first team pick ... four-time scholar-athlete selection ... team MVP in 2002 ... national all-star game participant ... Sunset League Most Valuable Pitcher in 2002 ... received a Golden Key Medallion her senior year ... co-captain her senior year ... earned Fullerton All-Tournament Team accolades in 2002 ... her team earned double-digit wins every year ... in 2002, led her team to the C.I.F. playoffs for the first time since 1988 ... four-time recipient of the Academic Booster Club Award ... National Honor Society member who graduated with high honors.
Personal: Born: Sept. 4, 1985 ... Parents: Jim and Vicki Birk ... Siblings: Jamie (23) and Kelly (22) ... Major: graphic communications.