ISU surrendered two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lose, but still took the series, 2-1.
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.
Elizabeth Kay drove home five runs in the win over APSU, while both Regan Romshek and Taylor Baxter were effective in the circle
ISU will take on Minnesota twice, and Michigan State, No. 3 Arizona State and UIC once each
Redbird Softball Curacao Experience
Freshman (2013): Season...appeared in seven games, starting at third base twice...walked twice in five plate appearances...had first-career at bat vs. No. 14 South Florida (Feb. 24)...started the first two games of career vs. Miami (Ohio) and at No. 13 Louisville (March 10)...made Missouri Valley Conference debut as a defensive replacement at Drake (April 13).
Metamora Township HS: Started for three years on Deric Linder's Metamora team before graduating high school early... named all-state and all-conference as a junior after hitting .483 with a .683 slugging percentage...led Metamora Township to the class 3A state championship as a sophomore, hitting .402 and slugging .651...posted a .389 average and .625 slugging percentage as a freshman...hit .431 and slugged .657 for the Midland Magic...helped lead the Magic to a second-place finish at the ASA state tournament and a 13th-place showing at ASA Nationals in 2010...member of the National Honor Society
Personal: Born April 13, 1994...Parents: Brian and Susan Cull...Sibling: Kevin...Major: speech pathology.