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
Head coach Melinda Fischer and first baseman Laura Canopy discuss the end of the 2013 season while looking ahead to 2014
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
WJBC Redbird Recap - Northern Illinois. vs. ISU
WJBC Recap - Softball MVC Championship Game
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 and Bears split a doubleheader, April 6. ISU won game one, 1-0, before dropping game two, 7-4.
2013: 2013 NFCA All-Mideast First Team selection...tabbed as an All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection after leading the league with 44 RBI and being top five in runs (second), home runs (third), on-base percentage (third) and slugging percentage (fourth)...started all 48 games at first base, committing just three errors for a .992 fielding percentage...became just the second player in program-history to record 40 or more hits (51), RBI (44) and runs scored (45) in a single-season...led the team with a career-high 15 hit by pitches, becoming the program's all-time leader with 35...registered 13 multi-hit and 11-multi-RBI performances...reached base in seven-straight games to begin season...recorded two hit-by-pitches in back-to-back games vs. NIU and at No. 22 BU (Feb. 8)...went 1-for-2 with a grand slam home run, walk and hit by pitch against No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 23)...drove home four runs, going 2-for-3, in ISU's win over No. 14 South Florida (Feb. 24)...named MVP of NFCA Leadoff Classic, going a combined 7-for-18 with one home run and 11 RBI...drove in a combined seven runs, going 3-for-7 including a grand slam, in wins over LIU Brooklyn and Georgetown (March 1)...went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the win over No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette (March 3)...matched career-highs with three hits and three runs vs. Miami (Ohio) (March 10)...went 3-for-4 with a home run, five RBI, two runs and a double vs. Southern Illinois (March 29)...matched a career-high with three hits against Northern Illinois (April 3), going 3-for-3 with a home run and one RBI...recorded multiple hits in five of six games from March 10-April 3...crushed a two-run homer, her sixth of the season, vs. Missouri State (April 6)...went a combined 5-for-6 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored in the doubleheader sweep of Bradley (April 11)...matched a career-high with three hits, going 3-for-3 with three RBI, a double and a walk vs. Indiana State (April 17)...belted a career-high two doubles as part of a 2-for-3, two runs scored, one RBI performance at Wichita State (April 20)...combined to go 2-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs scored and four walks in the doubleheader at Indiana State (April 25)...hit solo home run in loss to Northern Iowa (April 28).
2012: All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team selection...State Farm MVC Softball Championship All-Tournament Team honoree...started all 60 games at first base...led the team with a .434 on-base percentage and 13 hit by pitches...ranked second on the squad with a .304 batting average and fourth with 49 hits...posted a .994 fielding percentage, coming just two errors and racking up 348 put outs...named MVC Player of the Week (Mar. 19), after going 6-for-9 with a double and four RBI in a series at Missouri State...had a career game in the title game of the State Farm MVC Softball Championship at Southern Illinois (May 12) going 3-for-4 with two three-run home runs, a double and a career-high seven RBI, which tied a State Farm MVC Softball Championship record for RBI in a game...finished 3-for-4 with an RBI at Missouri State (Mar. 16)...went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI at Bradley (Apr. 22)...recorded her first-career triple in a 2-for-3 effort vs. Wichita State (Mar. 24).
2011: Made 45 appearances and started 41 games in her first season as a Redbird...finished the year with a .271 batting average with six doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI...tied for third on the team after drawing 16 walks and reached base at a .397 clip...went 2-for-3, drove in three runs and hit her first-career home run vs. Temple in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 26)...finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI vs. Illinois (Mar. 12)...tallied a home run and two RBI in her first-career NCAA Tournament game at Missouri (May 21)...committed just five errors and finished with a .984 fielding percentage at first base.
Olympia HS: A member of the 2009 Olympia state championship team with a record of 37-2... a three-sport athlete who participates in softball, basketball and swimming ... led her high school softball team in RBIs with 51 during her junior season ... recorded 57 hits, including two grand slams, with a batting average of .479 ... all-state first team and First-Team All-Corn Belt Conference ... a Corn Belt Honorable Mention selection her freshman and sophomore seasons ... a member of the 2008 state runner-up team with a record of 37-5
Personal: Born Jan. 6, 1992...Parents: Alan and Barbara Canopy...Major: math education...Siblings: Erin, Nicholas, Janelle...sister, Erin, played softball at Augustana and cousin, Marlayna Stoetzel was a volleyball player at Western Carolina...AFNI Honor Roll...Major: math.