Canopy, Kay Tabbed NFCA All- Region First Team Selections
May 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior first baseman Laura Canopy and senior catcher Elizabeth Kay are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Mideast Region First Team selections, as announced by the organization Thursday morning. The two are now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced Wednesday, May 29.
Canopy, a Hopedale, Ill., native, started all 48 games for the Redbirds at first base, hitting .352/.481/.662 with a team-best 10 home runs and Missouri Valley Conference-best 44 RBI and 45 runs scored. She also ranks top-150 nationally in hit by pitches (28th), runs (51st), RBI (74th), on-base percentage (88th) and slugging percentage (123rd), while ranking top-five in the Missouri Valley Conference in RBI (first), runs (second), home runs (third), on-base percentage (third) and slugging percentage (fourth).
On the season, Canopy put together 13 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI performances. She becomes just the second player in program-history to record 40 or more hits, RBI and runs scored in a single-season. An All-MVC Second Team choice in 2012, Canopy earned first team accolades in 2013.
A first team all-region performer as a sophomore in 2011, Kay bounced back from a down 2012 with one of the best single seasons in program history. The Bartlett, Ill., native started all 48 games for the Redbirds, hitting .428/.538/.710 while matching Canopy's team-high 10 home runs and MVC-best 44 RBI. Kay ranks top-40 nationally in on-base percentage (15th), batting average (30th) and walks (40th), while leading the MVC in batting average, on-base percentage and RBI. The four-time MVC Player of the Week recorded 17 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI performances, leading the Redbirds in both categories.
Kay leaves ISU as the program's all-time leader with 166 career-RBI. She also ranks top-five all-time in games started (third with 213), home runs (third with 43) and runs scored (fourth with 126). Her single-season .428 batting average, .538 on-base percentage and .710 slugging percentage rank second, second and fifth, respectively, in the Redbird record books.
The Redbirds have now placed at least one player on the all-region first team in each of the last four seasons. The 2010 campaign was the last time ISU earned two first-team accolades, when Kara Nelson and Abby Olson were recognized.
Illinois State missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, after going 28-20 overall and 13-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The third-seeded Redbirds lost to seventh-seeded Evansville, 5-3, in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament, May 9, in their final game of the season.
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