Canopy, Kay Tabbed NFCA All- Region First Team Selections
Laura Canopy

Laura Canopy

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. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.