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
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.
WJBC Redbird Recap - Northern Illinois. vs. ISU
Redbird Softball Curacao Experience
ISU Softball Regional Highlights
On the bus to NCAA Tournament 2011.
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.
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.