Illinois State closes a stretch of 25-straight games away from home to open the season at 13-12
Jhavon Hamilton and Laura Canopy each homered against the Ragin' Cajuns, but it wasn't enough, as ISU dropped to 1-3 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic
The Redbirds return 14 players from last year's 37-23 squad
The 13 selections was the most in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the Redbirds' 3.47 cumulative GPA ranked 14th nationally
ISU is now 6-0 on the trip, with two more games remaining
2012: Appeared in 23 games and made one start, posting a .238 batting average with a double, a home run and eight RBI, all as a pinch hitter...drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch for a .333 on-base percentage...drove in a pair of runs with her first-career hit, a pinch hit single, vs. Boston (Feb. 24)...drove in game-winning runs as a pinch hitter on back-to-back days vs. South Alabama (Mar. 3) and Penn State (Mar. 4)...went 2-for-3 with a game-tying homer and a game-winning three-run double, both career firsts, in the series vs. Wichita State (Mar. 24-25).
LaSalle-Peru Township HS: Two-sport athlete at LaSalle-Peru who participated in volleyball and softball...led team with a .470 batting average and 25 RBI as a junior...three-time all-conference and all-area selection...helped the Cavaliers win conference and regional championships as a freshman...member of the Midland Magic 92.
Personal: Born November 6, 1992...Parents: Tom and Lori Turczyn...mother, Lori, is an ISU alumna...Sibling: Abby...Major: environmental health.