Abby Olson
Abby Olson


Hartsburg, Ill.

High School:




Annual Alumni Game Sets Stage for Fall Schedule

The Redbirds played in the annual alumni game Sunday, preparing them for an eight-game fall schedule.


Canopy, Kay Tabbed NFCA All- Region First Team Selections

The Redbirds placed two players on the first team for the first time since 2010

2011: Earned All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team accolades...started all 55 games at third base...ranked second in the MVC and led the team with 15 home runs...led the conference with a .688 slugging percentage, ranked second with 33 walks and finished third the league with 41 RBI...named to the ASA Preseason Top 50 Watch List for the 2011 USA Softball Player of the Year...became Illinois State's all-time home run leader with her 48th-career homer vs. Indiana State (Apr. 20)...finished 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored vs. Iowa at the Red and Black Showcase in Athens, Ga. (Feb. 13)...recorded her first-career triple in the season opener vs. East Carolina at the Red and Black Showcase in Athens, Ga. (Feb. 11)...belted long balls in three-straight games against Central Connecticut State, Maryland and Fordham (Feb. 27-Mar. 4)...led the Redbirds to their first NCAA Tournament win since 2007, after driving in all three runs in a 3-0 win over Indiana (May 21)...held ISU career records for home runs (52) and ranked second in career slugging percentage (.682), runs batted in (152), total bases (371) and walks (109) and held single-season records for home runs (19), runs batted in (56) and walks (38) at the end of her playing career.

2010: Earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2010 All-American Third Team, along with Kara Nelson ... it was the first time in Redbird history that two athletes were named NFCA All-Americans ... named to the All-MVC First Team for the second-consecutive season ... member of the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Mideast Region First Team ... ... earned Valley Player of the Week honor three times during the 2010 season ... named to the 2010 State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team ... a member of the All-Valley Preseason Team ... started all 52 games at third base ... led the Redbirds in home runs (19) and RBI (56) categories ... broke the single-season record for homeruns and RBI against Bradley (May 8) ... hit a grand slam against North Carolina State (Feb. 26) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. ... hit 10 doubles and led the team in slugging percentage with .797 and on-base percentage .490 ... recorded the most walks (38) in the 2010 season ... tallied 46 putouts and finished second on the team with 150 assists and a fielding percentage of .951.

2009: 2009 All-Valley First Team...2009 NFCA Mideast All-Region Team selection... named Missouri Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week (April 20) ...played all 50 games, starting 47...recorded 49 hits with 22 runs scored and 30 RBIs...knocked 11 doubles on the season...led the team in batting average (.338), slugging percentage (.641), on base percentage (.432) and total home runs (11).

2008: Set the Illinois State single-game RBI record with seven runs driven in at Northern Iowa (May 4) after she went 4-for-4 with three home runs and three runs scored ... previously tied the ISU single-game RBI record at six against UNC-Charlotte (Feb. 29) ... her three home runs and 13 total bases at Northern Iowa (May 4) tied Illinois State's singe-game records for most home runs and most total bases by an individual ... finished third on the team in home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.543) ...went 3-for-4 with two home runs against Indiana State (April 23) ... named the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week March 5 after she hit a team-high .357 in five games played, with five hits, a double, eight RBI and a .643 slugging percentage at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... drove in ISU's only two runs in the top of the first inning of the Redbirds' 2-0 upset victory over then-No. 23 North Carolina (March 2) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... her first-career home run was a grand slam against Charlotte (Feb. 29 ) ... recorded her first-career hit against NC State (Feb. 9) ... scored her first-career run against NC State (Feb. 9).

Hartsburg-Emden HS: Participated in softball and volleyball...started all four years in softball; and started sophomore, junior and senior year in volleyball...four-time all-conference selection in softball...selected to the Bloomington Pantagraph All-Area Softball Team as a senior...softball team went to the first round of sectionals sophomore and junior year...three-time all-conference selection in volleyball...Lincoln Courier Player of the Year in volleyball senior year...all-state and high school all-America volleyball selection senior year.

Personal: Born Dec. 5, 1988 ... Parents: Tracy and Stacy Olson ... Siblings: Drew (20), Clay (10) and Emme (7) ... brother, Drew, played baseball for Lincoln College...major: criminal justice.