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
Illinois State begins play with a quarterfinal contest, Thursday, against either Missouri State or Evansville
ISU enters the season's final weekend third place in the MVC, but just a half-game out of first
ISU hosts the Braves for a 5 p.m., first pitch
Taylor Baxter, Regan Romshek and Sophia Perez combined to allow just one run, as ISU extended its season-best winning streak to six
ISU Softball Regional Highlights
WJBC Recap - Softball MVC Championship Game
WJBC Recap - Softball vs. Drake
2011 NCAA highlights
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.
2012: National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Mideast Region First Team selection...All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honoree...started all 60 games and posted a .304 batting average...led the team with 12 home runs, 37 RBI, 37 runs scored and a .562 slugging percentage...finished second on the team with 11 stolen bases in as many attempts...opened the season going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a home run vs. Maine (Feb. 10)...finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles and an RBI vs. Boston (Feb. 24)...went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a double to lead the Redbirds in a win over nationally-ranked Baylor (Mar. 3)...finished 4-for-8 with five RBI, including her second grand slam of the season in a doubleheader at Missouri State (Mar. 16)...posted her third four-RBI game by going 2-for-4 with a homer and a run scored in the State Farm MVC Softball Championship title game at Southern Illinois (May 12)...hit eight of her 12 homers and drove in 20 of her 37 runs in conference play.
2011: Named All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team, after leading the league with a .462 batting average and an .800 slugging percentage in MVC contests...earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team accolades...finished second on the team with a .359 batting average and .602 slugging percentage and third on the squad with 31 RBI, eight homers and four stolen bases...tallied multiple hits in 14 games, with seven coming in a span of eight games...finished 7-for-8 with three RBI and two home runs in the series vs. Missouri State (Apr. 2-3)...went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, including the game-winner at Creighton (May 7)...was a perfect 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in the season finale in the NCAA Tournament at Missouri (May 21).
2010: Named to the 2010 All-MVC Second Team ... started and played in 51 of Illinois State's 52 games ... finished the season with a.320 batting average after 169 at bats ... recorded 54 hits and crossed home plate 39 times, which was the second most on the team ... hit six doubles and two home runs ... led the Redbirds in triples with four ... had a slugging percentage of .438 and drove in 25 Redbird runs ... stole nine bases, which was the most of any Redbird ... tallied 47 putouts and two assists.
Joilet West: Played summer softball for the Stone City Sharks ... a three-sport athlete who competed in softball, basketball and cross country ... a two-time all-conference honoree and named first-team all-area as a junior and senior ... was team captain her senior season, a year in which she batted .425 with 13 stolen bases ... her summer softball team, the Stone City Sharks, finished second at the North America Fastpitch Association (NAFA) National Championship in 2008 ... first name pronounced "Ja-VON."
Personal: Born April 3, 1991 ... Parents: Bill and Sarah Hamilton ... Siblings: Jharita ... Major: communication.