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 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
WJBC Redbird Recap - Missouri St. vs. Illinois St.
Redbird Softball Travels to Curacao
WJBC Recap - Senior Day vs. Creighton
WJBC Recap - Softball vs. Drake
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: All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honoree...MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selection...started all 48 games in right field, accumulating a career-best .340 batting average...did not commit a single error in 63 chances...also tallied five outfield assists...finished the season with hits in 10-straight and 16 of 17 games...recorded hits in four of first five games of season at the Getterman Classic...tallied a career-high seven putouts in right field at No. 3 Arizona State (Feb. 16)...went 2-for-5 with two runs and a RBI in the win over UIC (Feb. 17)...went 2-for-5 with a career-high three runs vs. No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 22)...hit .412 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 22-24) to lead the Redbirds offensively...went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI against LIU Brooklyn (March 1)...drove in her first run since March 10 in the win over Missouri State (April 7)...was a combined 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI in the doubleheader sweep of Bradley (April 11)...matched a career-high in hits and set a season-high in RBI at Drake (April 13), going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored...set a new season-high with three RBI against Indiana State (April 17)...recorded first two extra-base hits, a double in triple, in the doubleheader at Wichita State (April 20)...combined for three RBI in the doubleheader sweep of Indiana State (April 25)...went 4-for-7 with one run and an RBI in the series against Northern Iowa (April 27-28).
2012: Appeared in 51 games and made 42 starts as an outfielder...hit .233 with a double, a home run and 18 RBI...committed just one error in the outfield for a .979 fielding percentage...provided the game-winning RBI in the season opener vs. Maine (Feb. 10)...drove in a career-high four runs on three separate occasions vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 12), vs. Drake (Apr. 14) and vs. Creighton (Apr. 29)...tied a career-high with three hits in four at bats at Bradley (Apr. 21)...hit her first-career homer, a three-run blast, vs. Creighton (Apr. 29).
2011: Started 52 games for the Redbirds...named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Team...finished her first full season at ISU with a .285 batting average, three triples, two doubles and 10 RBI...went 2-for-3 with a career-high two RBI in the Redbirds' senior day win over Southern Illinois (May 1)...finished 3-for-3 with a run scored in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament game at Missouri State (May 13)...tallied six assists in the outfield and committed just four errors.
2010: Redshirted the 2010 season
Bloomington HS: Played summer softball for the Bloomington/Normal Girls Softball Association (BNGSA) Avanti's Angels, along with fellow teammate Lauren Kellar ... a three-sport athlete who participated in softball, basketball and track and field ... named All-Big 12 First Team ... Bloomington High School won a share of the conference title in 2008 for the first time since 1982 ... won sectionals her senior year...member of the BNGSA Avanti's Angels team that won the ASA Northern National Championship in 2004, 2006 and 2008 ... member of the Bloomington High School 4x400-meter relay team in track and field that placed ninth at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class AA State Meet in 2007 and set a school record with a time of 3:56.8 ... her Bloomington High School track and field squad won the Intercity Championship her sophomore year, as well as the Big 12 Conference Championship and earned a sectional championship.
Personal: October 24, 1991 ... Parents: Michael and Nicola Harrison ... Siblings: Michael Jr. and Justin ... her father, Michael, played football and baseball at Milikin, while her brother, Justin, played football at Illinois and brother, Mike, played football and baseball at McKendree ... her uncle, Eric Wright, played football for the San Francisco 49ers ... her father and two brothers are also coaches at McKendree, Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan ... AFNI Honor Roll ... Major: Athletic Training.