ISU missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years, but had its fair share of highlights in 2013
Five separate players were recognized with awards, while four Redbirds were named captains for next season
Nichelle Harrison and Elizabeth Kay are first team choices, while Taylor Baxter and Laura Canopy earn honorable mention status
The Redbirds placed two players on the first team for the first time since 2010
The senior catcher went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in the Redbirds' lone tournament game
WJBC Redbird Recap - Missouri St. vs. Illinois St.
WJBC Redbird Recap - Northern Illinois. vs. ISU
Redbird Softball Curacao Experience
ISU Softball Regional Highlights
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 fell to Northern Iowa, 9-3, on Senior Day at Marian Kneer Stadium.
The Redbirds knocked off Missouri State, 9-1 in six innings, to take the series, 2-1.
The Redbirds and Bears split a doubleheader, April 6. ISU won game one, 1-0, before dropping game two, 7-4.
2013: NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team Selection...named 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading the league with a .428 average, .538 on-base percentage and 44 RBI...All-MVC First Team selection for the third time in her career...ISU's lone representative on the MVC All-Tournament Team...four-time MVC Player of the Week (Feb. 18, March 11, April 1, April 8)...started all 48 games, 43 of them behind the plate and five at third base...leaves Illinois State as the program's all-time leader in RBI, with 166...also ranks top-five all-time in games started (third with 213), home runs (third with 43) and runs scored (fourth with 126)...her single-season .428 batting average, .538 on-base percentage and .710 slugging percentage rank second, second and fifth, respectively, in the Redbird record books...recorded 17 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI performances, both team-highs...went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a go-ahead two-run homer, vs. Sam Houston State (Feb. 9)...hit two, two-run homers, to go along with a career-high three walks, in the win over UIC (Feb. 17)...named MVC Player of the Week (Feb. 19), after going 7-for-15 with two home runs, six RBI, five runs and four walks in ISU's five games at the Littlewood Classic...matched season-highs with three hits and three runs, including a two-run homer, in the win over LIU Brooklyn (March 1)...drove in two runs in three of five games with two home runs at Disney Citrus Classic (March 1-3)...hit game-tying two-run homer in the win over No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette (March 3)...matched a career-high with 5 RBI, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk vs. Austin Peay (March 9)...went a combined 4-for-4 with three RBI, one run and five walks in games vs. Miami (Ohio) and at No. 13 Louisville (March 10)...named MVC Player of the Week (March 11) for the second time, after going 7-for-11 with eight RBI, six walks, two doubles and a run scored at the Red & Black Classic (March 9-10)...earned third MVC Player of the Week (April 1) award, after going 5-for-8 with one home run, three RBI, four walks and four runs scored in the series vs. Southern Illinois (March 29-30)...went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored vs. Northern Illinois (April 3)...named MVC Player of the Week for the fourth time, after being retired just twice in 15 plate appearances in ISU's four games from April 3-7...became program's all-time RBI leader with a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance at Drake (April 14)...went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored at Wichita State (April 20)...went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two doubles against Evansville in the MVC Tournament (May 9).
2012: Started all 60 games, with 59 of them coming at third base...hit .263 on the season and finished second on the team with seven home runs and 31 RBI...ranked third on the team with eight doubles...was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts...posted a .968 fielding percentage at the hot corner, making just seven errors...drove in multiple runs in six games...went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and tied a career-high with three runs scored vs. Drake (Apr. 14)...drove in a season-high three runs by going 2-for-4 with a homer at Bradley (Apr. 21)...hit her first-career triple and drove in a run vs. DePaul in the NCAA Regional (May 19)...drove in Illinois State's lone run by going 2-for-3 with an RBI double at Missouri in the NCAA Regional (May 20).
2011: Earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team honors...named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team, after leading the league with nine home runs in MVC contests...led the team and finished second in the conference with 43 RBI...drove in multiple runs in 13 games...finished second on the team with 14 homers...finished 2-for-4 with a season-high four RBI vs. Temple in Orlando, Fla. (Mar. 5)...hit a home run in four-straight games and drove in nine runs during that span (Apr. 17-22)...committed just two errors and finished the season with a .993 fielding percentage...threw out five opposing base runners from her position behind the plate.
2010: Named Missouri Valley Conference's Newcomer of the Year ... earned MVC First-Team honors ... started every game at catcher or as the designated player ... ended the season with a .285 batting average in 165 at bats ... ended the season with 47 hits and 28 runs ... hit 11 doubles and 12 home runs in her freshman campaign that drove in 48 Redbird runs ... had a slugging percentage of .570 and an on-base percentage of .367 ... was flawless on the base paths stealing four bases in four attempts ... was second on the team in putouts with 149 and had 14 assists, which gave her a fielding percentage of .994 ... threw out five opponents on the base paths.
Bartlett HS: Played summer softball for the Bartlett Silver Hawks ... two-time most valuable softball player at Bartlett High School ... all-state selection as a senior ... three-time all-conference and all-area selection ... named the Bartlett High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 ... selected to the academic all-conference team... Bartlett High School was regional champion her freshman year; regional, section, super-sectional champion and state qualifier her sophomore year; conference champion her junior year and sectional champions her senior year ... owns a career .412 batting average.
Personal: Born July, 28, 1990 ... Parents: Tom and Ruth Kay ... Siblings: Tom ... her brother, Tim, played golf at Northern Illinois... Major: physical education.