Four of the Redbirds' opponents at the event made the NCAA Tournament in 2013, as their difficult non-conference schedule continues.
The Redbirds continue their 2014 non-conference slate with five games at the ASU Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 14-16.
ISU will square off against No. 4/3 Florida, Bethune-Cookman, Wisconsin, No. 25/23 South Florida and No. 5/4 Michigan.
ISU returns 14 letterwinners from last year's 28-20 squad, but will need to replace the production of four departed seniors.
Seven current and five former ISU softball players achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher during the 2012-13 academic year.
WJBC Redbird Recap - Northern Illinois. vs. ISU
Redbird Softball Travels to Curacao
ISU Softball Regional Highlights
2011 NCAA 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 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 selection for the second-straight year...started all 48 games in centerfield...hit a career-best .300, with 21 RBI and 32 runs scored...led the team with nine sacrifice bunts...made just two errors in 66 chances, accounting for a .970 fielding percentage, and led the squad with six outfield assists...leaves ISU with 121-career runs and 177 career-hits, fifth and tenth-most all-time, respectively...tied program-highs with five hits and seven RBI against UIC (Feb. 17)...went 1-for-3 with two-out, game-tying, two-RBI single against Hofstra (Feb. 22), later scoring the game-winning run...scored two runs, going 1-for-2 with a walk vs. South Florida (Feb. 24)...went a combined 4-for-6 with five runs scored and two RBI in wins over LIU Brooklyn and Georgetown (March 1)...scored five runs in four games at the Red & Black Classic (March 9-10), highlighted by a 3-for-5, two-run performance vs. Austin Peay (March 9)...went on a 10-game on-base streak from March 9-April 9, scoring runs in nine of the contests...raised batting average from .282 to .318 by going a combined 8-for-12 with two runs and one RBI in the series at Drake (April 13-14)...recorded five-straight multi-hit performances from April 11-April 17...went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the MVC Tournament game loss to Evansville (May 9).
2012: All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honoree...State Farm MVC Softball Championship All-Tournament Team selection...MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention...started all 60 games in the outfield...ranked fourth on the team with a .298 batting average...led the squad with three triples, eight sacrifice bunts and 12 stolen bases...tallied seven doubles, three home runs, 34 runs and 10 RBI...posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and led all ISU outfielders with seven assists...led all Redbirds with an 18-game on-base streak...hit a home run in the first at bat of the season vs. Maine (Feb. 10)...finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double at Missouri State (Mar. 16)...hit a game-winning, two-run homer vs. Wichita State (Mar. 24)...drew a career-high three walks vs. Evansville (Apr. 7)...went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the State Farm MVC Softball Championship title game at Southern Illinois (May 12).
2011: One of just three Redbirds to start all 55 games...hit .296 with six doubles, six triples and four homers...ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference and led the team with her six triples and led ISU with 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts...ranked third on the team with 50 hits and 37 runs scored...delivered a game-winning grand slam vs. Longwood at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. (Mar. 6)...finished 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and a pair of RBI at Creighton (May 8)...committed just one error in the outfield and finished the season with a .969 fielding percentage.
2010: Played in 41 games and started 34 during her freshman season ... held a batting average of .239 ... with 22 hits and 18 runs ... hit four doubles and two home runs ... drove in 15 Redbird runs ... recorded 19 putouts and two assists.
Ridgeview HS: Played summer softball for the BNGSA Avanti's Angels, along with teammate Nichelle Harrison... a three-sport athlete in high school who currently competed in softball, basketball and volleyball ... a four-time first-team All-Heart of Illinois Conference selection ... selected second-team all-state as a sophomore in 2007, second-team all-area as a junior in 2008 and first team all-area as a senior in 2009 ... her high school team was the regular-season Heart of Illinois Conference champion in 2008 and won the conference tournament in 2007 ... won three ASA Northern National Championships (2004, 2006, 2008) with the Avanti's Angels.
Personal: Born June 14, 1991 ... Parents: Rodney and Teri Kellar ... Siblings: Michael ... her father, Rodney, played tight end on the Illinois State football team from 1978-80, while her grandfather, Leon, also played football at Illinois State (1957-58)...her brother, Michael, played baseball at Nigara ... AFNI Honor Roll ... Major: early childhood education.