ISU returns 14 letterwinners from last year's 28-20 squad, but will need to replace the production of four departed seniors.
ISU missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years, but had its fair share of highlights in 2013
Illinois State begins play with a quarterfinal contest, Thursday, against Evansville
ISU enters the season's final weekend third place in the MVC, but just a half-game out of first
ISU hosts the Braves for a 5 p.m., first pitch
The Redbirds fell to Northern Iowa, 9-3, on Senior Day at Marian Kneer Stadium.
Sophomore (2013): Notable...set a single-season ISU record with seven saves, ranking second nationally and in the MVC...Season...made 24 appearances, all out of the bullpen...accumulated a team-best 2.97 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched, also striking out 45...threw 6.2 consecutive scoreless innings of relief through Feb. 16, after allowing a home run against Sam Houston State (Feb. 7)...pitched 3.0 innings of relief against Georgetown (March 1) to earn her first win, striking out six...pitched a perfect seventh inning against Southern Illinois (March 30) to record her second save of the season...threw a season-high 3.2 innings of scoreless relief vs. Missouri State (April 7)...retired the final batter of the game at DePaul (April 9) to earn her third save...earned her fourth save of the season at Drake (April 14), tying the ISU single-season high...broke the single-season ISU record with her fifth save of the campaign against Indiana State (April 17), striking out all five batters she faced...did not allow a run for 9.0-consecutive innings spanning six appearances from April 6-April 20...notched her sixth save of the season with 1.2 perfect innings at Indiana State (April 25)...earned both a save and win in the doubleheader sweep or Northern Iowa (April 27).
Freshman (2012): Season...made 16 appearances inside the circle, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 3-0 record with a 2.80 ERA...recorded 42 strikeouts around just four walks in 35.0 innings and held opponents to a .238 batting average...allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 3.0 innings in her collegiate debut against then-No. 1 Florida (Feb. 11)...earned her first-career win by tossing 6.1 innings of relief, allowing just two this and notching 11 strikeouts vs. Georgetown (Mar. 4)...three an inning of scoreless relief in her Missouri Valley Conference debut at Missouri State (Mar. 17)...got her second win of the second by allowing just three hits and recording three strikeouts without a walk in 3.1 innings of work at Bradley (Apr. 21)...tossed 4.0 innings out of the bullpen, allowing just two hits and striking out five for her third win of the year vs. Creighton (Apr. 28)...did not allow a hit and walked just one in 1.2 innings at Missouri in the NCAA Regional (May 20).
Simi Valley HS: Posted a 14-1 record with a 0.62 ERA and struck out 142 batters in 91 innings as a junior...named the Most Valuable Player at the Suzanne Manlet Tournament, was honored as the Marmonte League co-pitcher of the year and was a Best of the West All-Tournament Team selection...led Simi Valley to a 26-3 record, a conference championship and a Righetti Tournament title...tallied a 10-2 record in the circle with a 0.64 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 93 innings as a sophomore...earned first-team all-conference honors, was selected to the Arroyo Grande Tournament Team and was anmed the most valuable player at the Suzanne Manlet Tournament...member of the SoCal Pumas.
Personal: Born November 9, 1993...Parents: Ed and Sabrina Perez...Sibling: Lorenzo...Major: biological sciences.