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  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU 2008 redbird sofTball 2008 rEdBIrd SOFTBALL mEdIA gUIdE A mESSAgE FrOm hEAd cOAch mELINdA FISchEr Thanks to the vision and passion of Dr. Sheahon Zenger, Illinois State director of athletics, as well as University President Dr. Al Bowman, the Redbird Athletics Department is emerging as of the premier NCAA Division I athletics departments, not only in the Midwest, but throughout the country. The Illinois State Athletics Department’s quest for sustained success is a long-term expedition, just as the Illinois State softball team’s mission to become TABLE OF cONTENTS ThE cOAchINg STAFF Head Coach Melinda Fischer ______________24 one of the top softball teams in the nation is a long- Assistant Coach Bill Kennedy ______________26 term process. With two-straight NCAA Tournament ThIS IS rEdBIrd SOFTBALL Table of Contents_________________________1 Assistant Coach Tina Kramos ______________26 appearances, our student-athletes, as well as our Volunteer Asst. Coach Bill Dickson __________27 Media Center/Quick Facts __________________2 coaching staff, believe that we are moving in the right Redbird Softball Tradition __________________3 Student Asst. Coach Shannon Nicholson _____27 direction. Redbird Softball Complex __________________4 Much of the success of this program is due This is Illinois State Softball _________________5 ThE OPPONENTS to the tremendous dedication, commitment and 2008 Opponents/Tournament Schedule ______28 intestinal fortitude that our student-athletes display 2008 SEASON PrEvIEw All-time Series Records ___________________30 each day. To be a Redbird softball student-athlete 2008 Roster _____________________________6 means so much more that just being at practice and 2008 Season Outlook _____________________7 2007 SEASON rEvIEw playing in games. To be a REDBIRD means you The Missouri Valley Conference _____________8 2007 Season Notes ______________________31 strive to uphold the success and tradition that IS 2007 Results ___________________________32 Illinois State softball. It is a commitment that is not ThE PLAyErS 2007 Overall Statistics ____________________33 for everyone, but for those who are fortunate enough Tiffany Prager ___________________________9 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Statistics____34 Andrea Shifflet __________________________10 Final MVC Standings/ISU All-MVC Players ____34 to become a part of the Illinois State Athletics family, it is a commitment that sees each student-athlete Jessie Buker ___________________________ 11 Casey Gorrell___________________________12 rEcOrdS actively participate in the community, excel in the Redbird Softball Honor Roll ________________35 classroom, train in our state-of-the art weight facility Amber Smith ___________________________13 Katie Thoennes _________________________14 Redbird Softball Letterwinners _____________36 and build relationships and friendships, with other Redbird All-Americans ____________________37 Kaprice Williams ________________________15 student-athletes and administrators alike, that will last All-time Hitting Records ___________________38 Michelle Henderson ______________________16 a lifetime. To be a Redbird student-athlete is truly a All-time Pitching/Fielding Records __________39 Vicki Klopf _____________________________17 privilege. Kara Nelson ____________________________18 Redbird Softball Complex Records __________40 Please continue with us as we embark on this Diciembre Vaca _________________________19 Hall of Fame Members ___________________40 2008 campaign. Your support is essential to our Jennifer Brown/Rachel Smith/Katie Mathis ____20 Miscellaneous Records ___________________40 success, and I welcome you all to help us continue to Carly Billings/Chrissy Burton/Kasey Martin ____21 “SPREAD THE RED.” Brittany McElmury/Amy Mitchell/Abby Olson ___22 ILLINOIS STATE UNIvErSITy Jessica Roche __________________________23 Administration/Support Staff _________________41 Illinois State University ___________________42 Karin Bone Study Center __________________43 Redbirds in the Community ________________43 Owen Strength and Conditioning Center ______44 Redbird Athletic Training __________________44 2008 SOFTBALL mEdIA gUIdE EdITOr/wrITEr/dESIgNEr cOvEr dESIgN The 2008 Illinois State softball media guide was Keith Trivitt Shawn Billo designed and produced by the Illinois State Athletics Media Relations Office in Normal, EdITOrIAL/rESEArch ASSISTANcE PhOTOgrAPhy Ill., using Adobe InDesign CS2 and Adobe Todd Kober, Brett McWethy, Jimmy Knodel, John Dennis Banks and Jon Muzzarelli Photoshop CS2. Sandberg, Jill Speer, Kyle Matthews and Munirah McNeely, of the Illinois State Athletics Media PrINTINg Relations Office. Illinois State University Printing Services Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N1 1 1/29/2008 10:06:18 AM
  • ISU redbirds QUIcK FAcTS ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL PrImAry mEdIA OUTLETS media cenTer Print Phone Fax Web site ILLINOIS STATE UNIvErSITy School _____________________ Illinois State University Bloomington Pantagraph 309/829.9411 309/829.7000 pantagraph.com City _________________________________ Normal, Ill. Peoria Journal-Star 309/686.3214 309/686.3205 PJStar.com Zip Code _________________________________61761 Daily Vidette 309/438.2883 309/438.5211 dailyvidette.org Founded __________________________________1857 Chicago Sun-Times 312/321.2635 312/321.2833 suntimes.com Enrollment _______________________________ 20,104 Chicago Tribune 312/222.3473 312/828.9392 chicagosports.com Nickname______________________________ Redbirds State Journal-Register 217/788.1547 217/788.1551 SJ-R.com Colors ____________________ Red (PMS 186) & White The Normalite 309/454.5476 Affiliation _________________________ NCAA Division I Conference ________ Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) A Facility ___________________ Redbird Softball Complex Radio Phone Fax Web site Capacity__________________________________ 1,000 WJBC-AM (Flagship) 309/821.1000 309/829.8071 wjbc.com Dimensions _________________________ 190-210-190 WGLT-FM 309/438.2255 309/438.7870 wglt.org President __________________________ Dr. Al Bowman WZND 309/438.5499 309/438.2652 wznd.com Director of Athletics _____________ Dr. Sheahon Zenger NCAA Faculty Representative ______Dr. Debbie Lindberg Television Phone Fax Web site Senior Women’s Administrator ________Leanna Bordner WMBD (CBS-31) 309/686.9461 309/686.8658 ciproud.com WEEK (NBC-25) 309/698.3729 309/698.2070 week.com rEdBIrd SOFTBALL hISTOry WHOI (ABC-19) 309/698.1956 309/698.1910 hoinews.com First Year of Softball _________________________1965 WAND 217/424.2500 217/424.2583 wandtv.com All-time Record _______________________ 1,079-681-4 All-time NCAA Division I Record ___________ 795-535-4 WCIA 217/356.8333 217/373.3663 wcia.com All-time MVC Record ____________________ 338-124-2 WICD 217/351.8538 217/351.6134 wicd15.com NCAA Tournament Appearances _________________ Six WICS 217/753.5614 217/753.5681 www.wics.com ______________ (1988, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007) TV-10 News 309/438.5481 309/438.2652 www.communication.ilstu.edu/tv10 TEAm INFOrmATION rEdBIrdS ON ThE 2007 Overall Record _________________ 44-17-1 (.709) ILLINOIS STATE AThLETIcS rAdIO 2007 MVC Record/Finish ___________18-7-1 (.692)/2nd Home Record ______________________________ 15-4 mEdIA rELATIONS Redbird softball will be featured a total of 29 times during the regular season on the radio Away Record ______________________________11-8-1 in 2008. WJBC-AM 1230, Bloomington and Neutral Record _____________________________ 18-5 2007 Postseason __________ NCAA Regional Participant KEITH TRIVITT WJBC2.com are the official home of Illinois State softball. Zach Parcell will provide Letterwinners Returning/Lost___________________ 11/5 Media Relations Graduate Assistant play-by-play duties in 2008, with R.C. McBride Position Starters Returning/Lost _________________ 6/2 Softball Contact occasionally filling in. Pitchers Returning/Lost ________________________ 1/2 O: 309/438.7748 Newcomers ___________________________________9 C: 417/299.5996 Date Opponent Location Time Captains ______________ Tiffany Prager, Andrea Shifflet F: 309/438.5634 2.8 Cent. Arkansas Orlando, Fla. 10:15a ______ Jessie Buker, Amber Smith, Michelle Henderson 2.8 Cent. Florida Orlando, Fla. 2:45p E-mail: katrivi@ilstu.edu 2.9 Kansas Orlando, Fla. 8:15a 2.9 NC State Orlando, Fla. 12:15p SOFTBALL cOAchINg STAFF Media Services: Media personnel covering Redbird Softball are 2.10 Bracket Play Orlando, Fla. TBA Head Coach________ Melinda Fischer (Illinois State, ‘72) provided with game programs, game notes and statistics. Final box 2.22 Radford Tempe, Ariz. 1:45p Total Years Coaching ___________________________25 scores will be distributed following all games. 2.22 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. 8:15a Career Record ____________________ 756-500-4 (.600) 2.23 Iowa Tempe, Ariz. 1:45p Years at ISU __________________ 2008 is 23rd season Credentials: All media and photo credentials for home games may 2.23 Miami (Ohio) Tempe, Ariz. 8:15p Record at ISU ____________________ 724-483-4 (.647) be obtained by contacting Illinois State Athletics Media Relations 2.24 Buffalo Tempe, Ariz. 11:45a Assistant Coach______ Tina Kramos (Missouri State, ‘95) Graduate Assistant and softball contact Keith Trivitt at 309/438.7748 2.29 Winthrop Columbus, Ga. 9:45a Pitching Coach ________ Bill Kennedy (Illinois State, ‘68) or by e-mail at katrivi@ilstu.edu Credentials should be requested at 2.29 Charlotte Columbus, Ga. 5:15p Volunteer Asst. Coach ___ Bill Dickson (Illinois State, ‘54) least 48 hours in advance of a home game. 3.1 Tennessee Columbus, Ga. 2:45p Student Asst. Coach __ Shannon Nicholson (Illinois State, ‘07) 3.1 Hofstra Columbus, Ga. 5:15p Softball Office _______________________309/438.3633 Internet Access: Wireless internet is available inside the Redbird 3.2 North Carolina Columbus, Ga. 8:45a Softball Fax _________________________309/438.3597 Softball Complex press box. 3.8 W. Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. 12:45p 3.8 W. Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. 2:45p mEdIA rELATIONS Interview Policy: Interviews should be coordinated through Keith 3.9 W. Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. 11:45a Softball Contact ________________________Keith Trivitt Trivitt in the athletics media relations office. Head coach Melinda 3.15 Creighton Normal, Ill. 11:45a Trivitt’s Office ________________________309/438.7748 Fischer will be available for interviews following the final game each 3.15 Creighton Normal, Ill. 1:45p Trivitt’s Cell _________________________417/299.5996 time the Redbirds play. Interviews with players or other members of 3.16 Creighton Normal, Ill. 11:45a Trivitt’s E-mail ____________________ katrivi@ilstu.edu the coaching staff may also take place during this time. 3.18$ Illinois Normal, Ill. 6:15p Asst. AD/Media Relations _______________ Todd Kober 4.5 Evansville Normal, Ill. 11:45a Kober’s Office _______________________309/438.3805 4.5 Evansville Normal, Ill. 1:45p Kober’s E-mail ___________________ gtkober@ilstu.edu ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL IS SPONSOrEd 4.6 Evansville Normal, Ill. 11:45a Media Relations Office ________________309/438.3825 IN PArT By: 4.16 Illinois Champaign, Ill. 5:45p Media Relations Fax __________________309/438.5634 4.19 Wichita State Normal, Ill. 11:45a Mailing Address ____________ 201A Horton Field House 4.19 Wichita State Normal, Ill. 1:45p __________ Campus Box 7130, Normal, IL 61790-7130 4.20 Wichita State Normal, Ill. 11:45a Softball Press Box Phone ______________309/438.5695 5.8-10 MVC Tournament Carbondale, Ill. TBA ALL TIMES CENTRAL Note: Games can be heard live on WJBC2.com mEdIA INFOrmATION Note: Schedule and times subject to change Athletics Web site _________________ GoRedbirds.com $ Will air live on WJBC-AM 1230, Bloomington  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N2 2 1/29/2008 10:06:19 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU This is illinois sTaTe sofTball 795 ALL-TImE dIvISION I wINS, whIch rANKS IN ThE TOP-25 AmONg ALL dIvISION I SchOOLS cArEEr wINS By mELINdA FISchEr, whIch rANKS IN ThE TOP-20 AmONg ALL dIvISION I hEAd cOAchES 756 AMbER SMITh - TWO-TIME ALL-MvC FIRST TEAM MEMbER 65 gATEwAy/mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE FIrST-TEAm SELEcTIONS NFcA ALL-AmErIcA SchOLAr-AThLETES 51 PRISCILLA WELCh APRIL SChERMANN 16 ALL-AmErIcANS hEAThER STELLA ALL-AMERICAN jODI buRCh rEgULAr-SEASON gATEwAy/mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE chAmPIONShIPS 11 8 gATEwAy/mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE kARA NELSON - 2007 MvC PLAyER OF ThE yEAR PLAyErS OF ThE yEAr NcAA TOUrNAmENT APPEArANcES 6 6 ILLINOIS STATE FEmALE AThLETES OF ThE yEAr ShANNON NIChOLSON - 2007 ISu FEMALE AThLETE OF ThE yEAR gATEwAy/mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE TOUrNAmENT chAmPIONShIPS 5 5 gATEwAy/mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE rOOKIES OF ThE yEAr Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N3 3 1/29/2008 10:06:24 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL redbird sofTball complex redbird Softball Complex 19 ISU FAST FAcT ISu LEADS 72 PERCENT OF ThE SERIES IT hAS PLAyED AT ThE RSC As the success of the Illinois State softball program continues to build, so does the team’s home-field advantage at the Redbird Softball Complex. The Redbirds have experienced a progressive increase in home game attendance over the last three years at the Redbird Softball Complex, culminating with over 4,000 fans experiencing an afternoon of Redbird softball in 2007. Illinois State’s award-winning home field officially opened April 3, 1999, beginning a new era in Illinois State softball that continues to bring winning traditions and successful years to the program. The Redbird Softball Complex replaced 199 historic McCormick Field, the home of the Redbirds for 31 years. The 1,000-seat complex, which is located on the east side of Adelaide Street, adjacent to other athletics facilities, has a natural grass playing ILLINOIS STATE AT ThE rEdBIrd SOFTBALL cOmPLEx surface, lights, convenient parking, outstanding yEAR RECORD PCT. ATT. OPP. REC. PCT. OPP. REC. PCT. media facilities and excellent seating. Bleachers 1999_____________ 10-3 _____________ .769 ____ 1,251 Bradley _____8-1 _ .889 Creighton ___6-5 _ .545 can also be added down the baselines for extra 2000______________ 9-6 _____________ .600 ____ 1,656 DePaul _____3-2 _ .600 Drake _____ 10-1 .909 seating. 2001______________11-2 _____________ .846 ____ 1,638 E. Illinois ____4-2 _ .667 Evansville __9-4 _ .692 The field is 190 feet down the left and right 2002_____________ 17-5 _____________ .773 ____5,389* Illinois ______1-3 _ .250 Indiana St. _ 13-0 1.000 field lines and 210 feet in straight-away center. 2003_____________ 10-7 _____________ .588 ____ 2,283 Iowa________1-2 _ .333 Loyola-Chicago 3-1 _ .750 The complex is conveniently located close to the 2004______________11-4 _____________ .733 ____ 1,149 Missouri St. _ 11-4 .733 N. Illinois ___4-1 _ .800 Redbirds’ locker rooms, training facilities and 2005______________ 9-8 _____________ .529 ____ 2,528 Northern Iowa _ 14-2 .875 Northwestern 0-1 _ .000 offices. 2006_____________ 15-1 _____________ .938 ____ 2,594 Northwestern _0-1 _ .000 S. Illinois ___8-8 _ .500 The Redbird Softball Complex, which hosted 2007_____________ 15-5 _____________ .789 ____4,696* W. Illinois ____2-1 _ .667 Wichita St. _ 10-1 .909 the 2002 and 2007 State Farm MVC Tournaments, Total ___________ 107-41 ____________ .722 ___ 23,184 Illinois State at the Redbird Softball Complex _ 107-41 _ .722 * Hosted State Farm MVC Tournament was voted the 1999 Softball Field of the Year by The Sports Turf Managers Association.  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N4 4 1/29/2008 10:06:28 AM
  • redbirdsILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU redbird sofTball TradiTion ThE BEgINNINg Illinois State Athletics has always been at the forefront of promoting women’s athletic opportunities, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, when the movement to bring women’s college athletics up to speed with men’s intercollegiate athletic programs was at its zenith. Two visionary women, Carmen Imel and Dr. Jill Hutchison - who would later go on to coach the Redbird women’s basketball team for 28 years - brought national attention to ISU women’s athletics and Redbird softball in the early days of women’s athletics at Illinois State. Softball began at ISU in 1965, and since then, the Redbirds have racked up over 1,000 wins, have made two Women’s College World Series appearances, and have won 11 regular-season conference titles and five conference tournament championships. MELINDA FISChER (L) AND jILL huTChISON (R) 1969 WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RuNNER-uP 2 wcwS APPEArANcES | 1969 & 1972 NATIONAL chAmPIONShIP FINALISTS 6 NcAA TOUrNAmENT APPErANcES 11 mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE TITLES 1972 WCWS NATIONAL RuNNER-uP SETTINg ThE STANdArd While women’s intercollegiate athletics was still a young and relatively novel aspect of the Illinois State Athletics Department in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Redbird softball helped to set a standard for athletic excellence that continues to this day. both the 1969 and 1972 Illinois State softball squads, under the tutelage of Redbird coaching legend jill hutchison, made appearances in the Women’s College World Series. both teams ended their run at the WCWS as national runner-up, and thus set in motion an era of softball dominance that has existed at Illinois State ever since. 1988 GATEWAy ChAMPIONS 1995 - REDbIRDS FINISh NO. 23 IN NATIONAL POLLS 2000 vALLEy TOuRNAMENT ChAMPIONS ILLINOIS STATE AT ThE 2000 NCAA TOuRNAMENT Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N5 5 1/29/2008 10:06:34 AM
  • ISU NO. 00 redbirds NAME ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL Diciembre Vaca yR. So. POS. UT hT. 5-10 b/T R/R hOMETOWN (PREvIOuS SChOOLS) Fontana, Calif. (Kaiser) 2008 numerical rosTer ALPhABETIcAL rOSTEr NO. NAME POS. CL. 2 Amber Smith Jr. P/1B 6-0 R/R Fairfield, Calif. (Fairfield) 19 Carly Billings C Fr. 4 Jessica Roche Fr. OF 5-3 R/R Orland Park, Ill. (Carl Sandburg) 6 Jennifer Brown C Sr. 5 Kara Nelson So. 3B 5-8 L/R Moline, Ill. (Moline) 22 Jessie Buker UT Jr. 6 Jennifer Brown Sr. C 5-6 R/R Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island/Blackhawk College) 20 Chrissy Burton P/OF Fr. 7 Casey Gorrell Jr. C 5-7 R/R Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East) 7 Casey Gorrell C Jr. 8 Tiffany Prager Sr. 2B 5-8 L/R Bloomington, Ill. (Olympia) 18 Michelle Henderson IF So. 9 Vicki Klopf So. OF 5-5 L/R Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South) 9 Vicki Klopf OF So. 10 Rachel Smith Jr. P 5-5 R/R Williamsville, Ill. (Williamsville/Lincoln Land CC) 13 Kasey Martin 1B Fr. 11 Brittany McElmury Fr. UT 5-9 R/R Mokena, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East) 14 Katie Mathis OF Jr. 12 Andrea Shifflet Sr. OF 5-6 R/R Waynesville, Ill. (Clinton/Lewis & Clark) 11 Brittany McElmury UT Fr. 13 Kasey Martin Fr. 1B 5-10 L/R Lenexa, Kan. (Shawnee Mission Northwest) 17 Amy Mitchell P Fr. 5 Kara Nelson 3B So. 14 Katie Mathis Jr. OF 5-1 R/R Shawnee, Kan. (Shawnee Mission NW/Johnson County CC) 16 Abby Olson UT Fr. 16 Abby Olson Fr. UT 5-10 R/R Hartsburg, Ill. (Hartsburg-Emden) 8 Tiffany Prager 2B Sr. 17 Amy Mitchell Fr. P 5-8 R/R Palatine, Ill. (Palatine) 4 Jessica Roche OF Fr. 18 Michelle Henderson So. IF 5-7 R/R Normal, Ill. (Normal West) 12 Andrea Shifflet OF Sr. 19 Carly Billings Fr. C 5-4 R/R Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South) 2 Amber Smith P/1B Jr. 20 Chrissy Burton Fr. P/OF 5-9 L/R Mapleton, Ill. (Illini Bluffs) 10 Rachel Smith P Jr. 21 Kaprice Williams Jr. SS 5-10 R/R Portage, Mich. (Portage Northern) 23 Katie Thoennes OF Jr. 22 Jessie Buker Jr. UT 5-11 R/R Macon, Ill. (Okaw Valley) 00 Diciembre Vaca UT So. 23 Katie Thoennes Jr. OF 5-10 R/R Normal, Ill. (Normal Community) 21 Kaprice Williams SS Jr. hEAD COACh: Melinda Fischer (Illinois State, ‘72) PrONUNcIATION gUIdE ASSISTANT COACh: Tina Kramos (Missouri State, ‘95) Jessie Buker ________________ BEW-kur ASSISTANT COACh: Bill Kennedy (Illinois State, ‘68) Casey Gorrell__________________GOR-el vOLuNTEER ASSISTANT COACh: Bill Dickson (Illinois State, ‘54) Vicki Klopf ____________________ KLOFF STuDENT ASSISTANT COACh: Shannon Nicholson (Illinois State, ‘07) Tina Kramos _______________KRAY-miss Brittany McElmury _______MAC-EL-murrey Tiffany Prager _______________ PRAY-gur juNIOR jESSIE bukER and hEAD COACh MELINDA FISChER Jessica Roche _________________ RŌSH Katie Thoennes _______________ TENNIS Diciembre Vaca __DEE-CEE-em-bray Va-KUH Kaprice Williams __________kuh-PREECE By yEAr Seniors ___________________________3 Juniors ____________________________7 Sophomores _______________________4 Freshmen _________________________7 By hOmE STATE Illinois____________________________15 Kansas____________________________3 California __________________________2 Michigan __________________________1 By POSITION Infielders __________________________9 Outfielders _________________________6 Utility _____________________________4 Pitchers ___________________________4 AMbER SMITh ThrOwS Right ____________________________21 CASEy GORRELL Left_______________________________0 BATS Right ____________________________16 Left_______________________________5 TIFFANy PRAGER  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N6 6 1/29/2008 10:06:36 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU 2008 season ouTlook PrOjEcTEd LINEUP ThE INFIELd ThE OUTFIELd ➢ All-American kara Nelson will once again provide an ➢ The Redbird infield will be one of the team’s biggest ➢ With the departure of starting outfielders jackie offensive spark for the Redbirds from the leadoff spot in assets in 2008, as every starter but one returns to a Williams and kelsey Warning, the outfield will see the the batting order, just as she did in her freshman season defensive starting set that recorded a .957 fielding most new faces in 2008, as jessie buker is the only in 2007 when she batted a Valley-best .415, set an ISU percentage last season. returning starter for ISU. single-season record for hits (90) and became the first- ➢ Senior co-captain Tiffany Prager will anchor the Redbird ➢ Buker is the only Redbird who has seen significant ever freshman to earn league player of the year honors. infield as she enters her third season as a starter at playing time in the outfield. She will most likely see the ➢ The No. 2 spot in the lineup will be in the hands of second base. One of ISU’s finest infielders, Prager has majority of her playing time in left field, a position that senior Tiffany Prager, a two-year starter for Illinois a career .980 fielding, which ranks No. 17 on the ISU she started 53 games in 2007. State. Prager had a breakout season in 2007 with a career fielding percentage chart. ➢ Right field is slated to be manned by senior co-captain .304 batting average and a team-high 16 doubles. She ➢ The other half ISU’s double-play tandem is junior Andrea Shifflet, who has yet to see an inning of playing ranked seventh in the nation last year in sacrifice hits kaprice Williams, who will be back as the starting time in her ISU softball career, after she transferred from per game (0.42) and had a team-best 26 on the season. shortstop. While somewhat deficient on defense, having Lewis and Clark Community College following the 2006 ➢ Junior power hitter Amber Smith will provide one of the committed a team-high 16 errors in 2007, Williams’ bat season biggest offensive threats for the Redbirds this season. greatly improved last season, making her an asset in the ➢ Rounding out the outfield crew is junior-transfer katie A career .326 hitter, Smith has already set the ISU Redbird infield. Mathis and katie Thoennes, with the latter being the career home runs record with 32, and still has two more ➢ Sophomore utility player Diciembre vaca is a viable early favorite to earn the starting nod in center field. seasons left. defensive replacement for the Redbirds at shortstop Thoennes played in 24 games in the outfield in 2007, ➢ Veteran Redbirds jessie buker and kaprice Williams ➢ First base is the only infield position that will still be open but did not earn a start. will bring their experience to the heart of the lineup. once the Redbirds depart for Florida in early February. Buker is coming off a 2007 season in which she put ➢ While junior Amber Smith is a certainty to start when up prodigious offensive numbers, with a .322 batting she is not in the circle for the Redbirds, sophomore average that accompanied a team-high 16 home runs corner infielder Michelle henderson is the early favorite and 51 RBI, just two shy of the ISU single-season mark. to be ISU’s regular starting first baseman. As a freshman Williams saw her offensive output dramatically increase last season, Henderson started strong offensively, and last season, as she batted .291 and hit 10 home runs. saw considerable playing time, only to see her offensive ➢ Several newcomers will round out the bottom portion of output wilt as the season progressed. ThE BATTEry ISU’s lineup, led by senior right fielder Andrea Shifflet ➢ Henderson will be challenged at first base by freshman ➢ The Redbird pitching corps is the biggest question and sophomore outfielder katie Thoennes. Shifflet utility player Abby Olson, who showed promise during mark entering the 2008 season, as ISU lost two of the had a breakout fall tournament season for ISU and the Redbirds’ fall tournament season, as the Hartsburg, top pitchers in school history with the departure Stacy is expected to maintain her role as one of the team’s Ill., native batted .353 with a team second-best seven birk and all-American Shannon Nicholson. The duo leaders, while Thoennes will get her first shot at being a RBI and a 1.000 fielding percentage. combined for 41 wins in 58 starts (.707 of ISU’s wins) regular in the Redbird lineup. in 2007. ➢ Junior right-hander Amber Smith will get the nod as the Redbirds’ No. 1 pitcher. As the only current ISU player who has Division I pitching experience, Smith will be relied upon heavily to anchor a pitching corps that will be made up entirely of newcomers, other than OF ANDREA ShIFFLET herself. With a combined 4-1 record in 11 career starts, Smith will be tested early on, as ISU faces 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season and three schools that made appearances in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. ➢ Next in line will be sophomore Amy Mitchell, who provides one of the most interesting stories on the team. The Palatine, Ill., native did not play collegiate softball as an academic freshman in 2007, and walked-on to the team this fall. Mitchell made great use of ISU’s fall 2007 SS kAPRICE WILLIAMS tournament season, as she was second on the team in wins (three), and had a team-best .071 opponent batting whAT rETUrNS IN 2008? rEdBIrd TOP rETUrNErS average that included 17 strikeouts in just 14.1 innings hITTING Batting Average ____ Kara Nelson ___________.415* of work. Batting Average _____________________ 89.7% Slugging Pct. ______ Jessie Buker __________.667* ➢ Newcomers Chrissy burton and Rachel Smith will Hits ______________________________ 74.6% On-Base Pct. ______ Kara Nelson ___________.448* add needed depth to the Redbird pitching lineup. While Runs _____________________________ 55.0% Runs ____________ Kara Nelson ____________ 59* both pitchers may have an occasional start in the circle, Hits _____________ Kara Nelson ____________ 90* they are projected to fill mostly a relief role in 2008. Doubles ___________________________ 76.4% ➢ Casey Gorrell returns to the backstop for her third Home Runs ________________________ 69.9% RBI______________ Jessie Buker ____________ 51 season. A two-year starter who has caught every inning Slugging Percentage _________________ 90.2% Home Runs _______ Jessie Buker ____________ 16 that ISU has played over the last two seasons, Gorrell’s presence on the field, both for pitchers and infielders PITChING Fielding Pct. _______ Casey Gorrell __________.997* alike, is one of the Redbirds’ biggest assets. Wins_______________________________ 6.8% ➢ The trio of senior jennifer brown, freshman Carly Losses _____________________________ 5.9% Wins_____________ Amber Smith _____________ 3 billings and Olson will be available as capable backups Innings Pitched ______________________ 6.3% ERA _____________ Amber Smith __________ 5.12 to Gorrell. Earned Runs _______________________ 15.3% Opponent BA ______ Amber Smith __________ .296 Walks _____________________________ 16.7% Strikeouts_________ Amber Smith ____________ 20 Strikeouts___________________________ 6.9% * Led team in 2007 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N7 7 1/29/2008 10:06:37 AM
  • BrAdLEy • crEIghTON • drAKE • EvANSvILLE • ILLINOIS STATE • INdIANA STATE • mISSOUrI STATE • NOrThErN IOwA • SOUThErN ILLIONIS • wIchITA STATE ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE hIghLIghTS The missouri valley conference mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE ➢ Fresh off a centennial celebration in 2006-07, the Missouri Valley Conference begins its second centennial as a leader in college athletics and is the nation’s second-oldest NCAA dOUg ELgIN Division I conference. Commissioner ➢ In the league’s first 100 seasons, 32 members combined for 27 national championships, while 56 Valley student-athletes captured NCAA individual titles. In addition, Valley student-athletes and coaches earned 50 National Player or Coach of the Year honors in their respective sports. The league had a myriad of student-athletes who collected All- America honors and earned national academic distinction in The Valley’s first century. PATTy vIvErITO ➢ Illinois State highlighted a trio of Valley teams that made an appearance in the 2007 Senior Associate Commissioner NCAA Division I Softball Championship. It marked the fifth-consecutive year The Valley earned multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament, and the third-straight season that three teams have earned spots in the field. SIU hosted an NCAA Regional, and each Valley team won a game in the tournament. ➢ Based in St. Louis since 1985, the Missouri Valley Conference is assertive in its approach jErEmIAh INgrAm Asst. Comm. for Communications to hosting NCAA basketball championship events, operating a revenue-producing in-house Softball Media Relations Contact television network, bidding out the right to play host to sport championships and landing title sponsorships for those events. ➢ The 2003-04 season was a landmark season for the conference, as State Farm Insurance ALL-TImE cONFErENcE and the league came to terms on an agreement that would provide State Farm with title sponsorship of 17 of the league’s 18 championships. chAmPIONS ➢ The conference’s progressive marketing and in-house television package has helped yEAR REG. SEASON CONF. TOuRNEy open doors to regional and national sponsors outside of the realm of title sponsorships, as 1983 Missouri State Missouri State the league’s men’s basketball tournament sponsorship revenues continues to reach all- 1984 Illinois State Western Illinois• time highs. 1985 Illinois State Illinois State ➢ The inclusion of women’s programs under The Valley banner has provided a boost to 1986 Illinois State Indiana State the conference. The Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference - which began in 1982 1987 Eastern Illinois• Western Illinois• - merged with the Missouri Valley Conference and was unveiled as part of the new 1988 Eastern Illinois• Illinois State 1989 Western Illinois• Wichita State conference July 1, 1992. 1990 Illinois State Northern Iowa ➢ League members include Bradley University, Creighton University, Drake University, the 1991 Southern Illinois Southern Illinois University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Missouri State 1992 Missouri State Western Illinois• University, the University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University and Wichita State 1993 Drake Drake University. 1994 Missouri State Drake 1995 Illinois State Illinois State 1996 Illinois State Missouri State 1997 Illinois State Missouri State vALLEy dOmINANcE - ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL 1998 Creighton Missouri State A league member dating back to the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference’s inception in 1999 Creighton Creighton 1982, Illinois State and Redbird softball have been a dominant force in The Valley from the 2000 Evansville Illinois State very beginning. Below are highlights of some of the Redbirds’ Missouri Valley Conference 2001 Illinois State Illinois State accomplishments in softball. 2002 Illinois State Evansville 2003 Illinois State Creighton ➢ Illinois State has won 11 Valley regular-season softball titles, seven more than the next 2004 Southern Illinois Creighton 2005 Southern Illinois Creighton closest school (Creighton - four). 2006 Illinois State Missouri State ➢ The Redbirds are tied with Missouri State for the most conference tournament titles won 2007 Creighton Creighton with five apiece. • Indicates school is no longer a member of the Missouri Valley Conference ISU FAST FAcT ILLINOIS STATE IS ThE ALL-TIME WINNINGEST vALLEy SOFTbALL PROGRAM WITh 338 MvC WINS. ➢ With 724 career victories at ISU and 311 conference wins, ISU head coach Melinda Fischer is The Valley’s all-time winningest softball coach and was selected as the MVC All-Centennial Softball Team head coach following the 2007 season. ➢ The Redbirds rank first among Valley schools in both all-America (16) and Valley Scholar-Athlete honorees (14). ➢ Illinois State has made an appearance in each of the 25 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Softball Tournaments, the only Valley program to appear in every conference postseason softball tournament. DOubLIN’ uP - Much of the Redbirds’ 2007 success can be attributed to second baseman Tiffany Prager’s ability to find the gap, as the then-junior led the MVC in doubles with 16.  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N8 8 1/29/2008 10:06:40 AM
  • redbirdsILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 8 TIFFANy PrAgEr co-capTain | second base | 5-8 | l/r | senior | bloomingTon, ill. | olympia ThE bIG PICTuRE: PRAGER IN 2008 One of the best hitters in the nation at advancing runners last season, Prager will anchor the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the Redbirds in 2008, while also maintaining her starting role at second base. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - juNIOR 2005 - FREShMAN At-bats ____________________ 6 Preseason All-MVC Team selection ... selected to the Named to the 2004-05 Valley Honor Roll … played 21 at Wichita State (3.31.07) Diamond Fun & Sun Classic All-Tournament Team (Feb. games without an error … team co-rookie of the year … Runs _____________________ 3 11) ... started all 62 games at second base ... Prairie scored the winning run in two straight victories at Evansville vs. Eastern Illinois (4.5.06) Farms/MVC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week March … scored the decisive run in the Redbirds’ win over No. RBI_______________________ 4 28, ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V 25 Northwestern (March 4) ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll vs. Bradley (4.9.07) First-Team selection ... 2007 MVC Scholar-Athlete First member. Doubles ___________________ 2 Team member ... combined with Kara Nelson, Amber vs. Northern Illinois (5.2.06) Smith, Jessie Buker and Kelsey Warning to comprise the hIGh SChOOL - OLyMPIA Home Runs ___________ 1, twice largest group (5) to ever collect more than 50 hits in a Four-year letterwinner in softball .... led her team to the last at Illinois (4.17.07) single season ... third on the team in fielding percentage IHSA Class A state softball championship in 2002 and 2003 (.972), which included 121 putouts and 122 assists ... led and second place in 2001 … earned team MVP honors Total bases ________________ 5 the team with 24 sacrifice hits ... voted a team captain by as a sophomore and junior … three-time all-conference vs. Bradley (4.9.07) her teammates ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll member. honoree … second-team all-state pick in 2002 ... earned Walks _____________________ 2 Illinois Coaches Association All-State First-Team accolades vs. Wichita State (4.22.06) Sacrifice Hits _____ 2, three times 2006 - SOPhOMORE as a junior and senior … received team offensive player of All-Valley Second Team … State Farm MVC All- the year honors in 2003 ... also lettered four years in cross last at Evansville (3.24.07) country and three years in basketball … co-valedictorian Tournament Team … led the Redbirds with a .286 Stolen Bases _______ 1, six times … National Honor Society member … member of the high average in their three NCAA Tournament games; also last vs. Oklahoma (2.9.07) had the best on-base percentage (.375) and the most honor roll. Hit-by-Pitch ______ 1, three times assists (10) ... had the fewest strikeouts among the last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) regular starters (19) ... hit .340 in conference action, the PERSONAL Putouts ___________________ 8 second-best average among all Redbirds, and committed Born Sept. 4, 1985 ... Parents: Bruce and Diane Prager ... vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) just one error in 94 league chances … ranked second Sibling: Nicole (23) ... Major: business administration … last Assists ___________ 6, four times on the team with 109 assists and six sacrifice hits ... had name pronounced PRAY-gur. last vs. Southern Illinois (4.29.07) 10 two-out RBI ... started every game at second base ... hit a team-best .485 in 16 games at Redbird Softball Complex, with no strikeouts ... MVC Honor Roll ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll member. ThE hONORS ➢ 2007 Preseason All-MVC First Team ➢ 2007 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team ➢ 2007 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District V First Team ➢ 2006 All-MVC Second Team ➢ 2006 State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team PRAGER’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2005 .219 21 8 32 6 7 0 0 0 2 7 .219 2 0 11 0 .257 1 0 2 3 7 0 0 1.000 2006 .295 54 54 122 18 36 9 0 0 12 45 .369 12 1 19 0 .363 0 6 3 3 109 109 3 .986 2007 .304 62 62 194 36 59 16 0 2 24 81 .418 8 2 27 0 .338 0 26 1 2 134 132 7 .974 TOTAL .293 137 124 348 60 102 25 0 2 38 133 .382 22 3 57 0 .340 1 32 6 8 250 241 10 .980 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N9 9 1/29/2008 10:06:44 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 12 ANdrEA ShIFFLET co-capTain | ouTfield | 5-6 | r/r | senior | waynesville, ill. | clinTon/lewis & clark cc ThE bIG PICTuRE: ShIFFLET IN 2008 Coming into her final season as a Redbird, Shifflet is expected to take over the right field duties for Illinois State in 2008. A stellar base runner, Shifflet will also be used as a threat on the base paths for the Redbirds this season. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 – juNIOR (TRANSFER) PREvIOuS SChOOL – LEWIS & CLARk CC Runs ____________1, eight times last vs. Notre Dame (5.18.07)* Appeared in 43 games for the Redbirds; Led the team in batting average, stolen bases and Stolen Bases _______________ 1 served as a pinch runner in each appearance RBI in 2006 ... helped her team post a 31-20 record vs. Illinois (2.10.07) ... scored 18 runs on the season, including and advance to the NJCAA Regional ... selected the game-tying run at No. 12 UCLA (March 2) as a National Junior College Athletic Association * NCAA Regional game in Evanston, Ill. ...stole one base in her second pinch-running Academic All-American in 2006 ... named to the opportunity in ISU’s 5-2 win over Illinois (Feb. Mid-West Athletic Conference Second Team ... also 10) ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll member. played volleyball, and was named the team’s MVP in 2006. hIGh SChOOL - CLINTON A three-year starter ... helped her team go 27-3 her senior season, while claiming the regional championship ... named team’s co-MVP in 2004 ... selected as the team’s rookie of the year in 2002, her first year on the varsity squad ... three-sport athlete in high school, competing in softball, basketball and volleyball. PERSONAL Born Sept. 2, 1985 ... Parents: Eric and Betsy Shifflet ... Sibling: Erica (25) ... Major: public relations. ShIFFLET’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2007 .000 43 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .000 TOTAL .000 43 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .000 0 2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N10 10 1/29/2008 10:06:46 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 22 jESSIE BUKEr co-capTain | uTliiTy | 5-11 | r/r | Junior | macon, ill. | okaw valley ThE bIG PICTuRE: bukER IN 2008 After putting up prolific numbers in 2007 (51 RBI, 16 HR), Buker will once again be looked upon to provide the big bat in the Redbirds’ lineup, as well as play a variety of positions. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - SOPhOMORE hIGh SChOOL – OkAW vALLEy At-bats ____________________ 6 Finished season with the second-most RBI in a Four-year starter in softball, soccer and hockey … three- at Indiana State (4.18.07) single-season at ISU (51) ... hit 16 home runs, just year basketball starter … named Decatur Herald & Review Runs _____________________ 3 two shy of the ISU single-season record ... All-MVC Player of the Year in softball her senior year after she led vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) First Team selection ... hit first-career triple in ISU’s the area with a .670 batting average, eight home runs and Hits _________________ 3, twice 5-2 loss to Northwestern (May 19) at the NCAA 61 RBI … named softball team MVP in 2003 and 2005 last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) Regional ... started all 62 games, splitting time in … two-time all-conference selection … earned basketball RBI_______________________ 5 left field, and at first base, shortstop and third base MVP honors as a sophomore and junior … first-team all- vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) ... one of three Redbirds to collect 40 or more hits conference pick in basketball in 2003 … Journal-Gazette Doubles ______________ 2, twice and RBI in the same season, with 59 hits and 51 all-area selection in basketball as a junior … averaged last vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) RBI ... helped make ISU history April 14 when she 13.8 rebounds per game as a junior … led her basketball Triples ____________________ 1 hit two of the six total homers in a single game at team to the conference championship in 2004 and the at Northwestern (5.19.07)* Drake ... hit the first of back-to-back-to-back shots in softball regional title … finished eighth in the discus at the Home Runs ___________ 2, twice the same contest ... put together a 12-game hitting 2004 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state meet last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) streak from March 14-28 and went a combined … helped lead her hockey team to the CIHL crown as a Total Bases _______________ 10 18-for-38 in that span ... hit three home runs, two of sophomore ... National Honor Society member. vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) which came in walk-off fashion, in a doubleheader Walks _____________________ 2 against Missouri State (May 5); finished the day with PERSONAL vs. Indiana State (3.28.07) four hits, seven RBI and four runs ... combined with Born Nov. 19, 1986 ... Parents: Cuyler and Dee Buker Putouts __________________ 10 Kara Nelson, Amber Smith, Kelsey Warning and … Siblings: Ashley (29) and Kelsie Standerfer (27), who vs. DePaul (3.21.07) Tiffany Prager to comprise the largest group (5) to attended Illinois State ... Major: biological sciences … last Assists ____________________ 5 ever collect more then 50 hits in a season ... named name pronounced BEW-kur. at Wichita State (3.31.07) The Valley Player of the Week twice (March 19; May 7). * NCAA Regional game in Evanston, Ill. 2006 - FREShMAN Played in 47 of ISU’s 54 games, with 29 starts ... hit .500 with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... hit the first home run of her collegiate career against Buffalo (March 4). ThE hONORS ➢ 2007 All-MVC First Team ➢ Two-time Valley Player of the Week (3.19.07; 5.7.07) bukER’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2006 .227 47 29 88 16 20 3 0 2 16 29 .330 9 3 28 0 .320 0 2 4 4 15 9 3 .889 2007 .322 62 62 183 34 59 13 1 16 51 122 .667 14 4 38 0 .379 2 8 0 2 88 20 5 .956 TOTAL .292 109 91 271 50 79 16 1 18 67 151 .557 23 7 66 0 .360 2 10 4 6 103 29 8 .943 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N11 11 1/29/2008 10:06:48 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 7 cASEy gOrrELL caTcher | 5-7 | r/r | Junior | olaThe, kan. | olaThe easT ThE bIG PICTuRE: GORRELL IN 2008 One of the top defensive catchers in The Valley, Gorrell will once again the Redbird defense ISU’s starting catcher. Gorrell has started every game in her two seasons with the team. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - SOPhOMORE a walk-off shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh At-bats _______________ 5, twice Had the highest fielding percentage on the team ... compiled a .991 fielding percentage ... hit .750 with the last at Indiana State (4.18.07) (.997), and tallied just one error on the year ... bases loaded, and .600 with a runner on third and less Runs _____________________ 3 started all 62 games behind the plate and recorded than two outs ... led the team with 288 putouts and ranked vs. Boston (3.5.06) 319 putouts and 37 assists ... threw out 14-of-35 second with 22 walks ... had the Redbirds’ only hit in the Hits ______________________ 3 would-be base stealers … launched two home runs season-opening extra-inning loss to No. 3 Tennessee (Feb. vs. Boston (3.5.06) against North Carolina (Feb. 18) and had three 11) ... led all ISU rookies with a .309 average in conference RBI_______________________ 4 RBI in the 11-4 ISU victory ... drove in the tying play ... drove in a personal-best three runs in ISU’s win vs. Bradley (3.10.07) and game-winning RBI at No. 12 UCLA (March over No. 25 Southern Illinois (April 1) ... in the league Doubles ___________________ 2 12) ... hit a third-inning grand slam, the first of her standings, finished sixth in both chances and putouts ... vs. Drake (4.9.06) career, against Bradley (March 10) at the Southeast MVC Honor Roll ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll member. Home Runs ________________ 2 Missouri State Spring Classic ... hit a walk-off homer vs. North Carolina (2.18.07) to left field to secure a 7-6 victory over the in-state hIGh SChOOL – OLAThE EAST Total Bases ________________ 8 rival Illinois (March 20) ... AFNI Athletics Honor Roll Four-year starter … her team lost just five games during vs. North Carolina (2.18.07) member. her four-year career … as a senior, her team went Walks _____________________ 3 unbeaten (25-0) en route to winning the Class 6A state vs. Creighton (3.19.06) 2006 - FREShMAN championship for a second-straight season … named Hit-by-Pitch _______ 1, nine times Started all 54 games behind the plate, one of two Kansas City Star Most Inspirational Female Athlete in last vs. Northwestern (5.19.07)* freshmen to start every game ... only ISU freshman 2005 … three-time all-state selection … earned National Putouts _____________ 13, twice with two hits in the 2006 NCAA Tournament ... had Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second-Team last vs. Coastal Carolina (2.23.07) the Redbirds’ first hit of the NCAA Tournament in All-America honors as a catcher in 2004 … her team won Assists _____________2, 10 times the opener against No. 4 Cal ... hit the first home four-straight conference titles … three-time all-county and last vs. Southern Illinois (5.11.07)% run of her collegiate career against Eastern Illinois, all-metro honoree … received all-city and all-conference laurels all four seasons … graduated with a 3.96 GPA … % State Farm MVC Tournament game four-year honor roll member … Outstanding Achievement * NCAA Regional game in Evanston, Ill. Award recipient in English and math in 2004, and in physical education in 2003 … vice president of SASH (Students Achieving Social Harmony) … her summer team made five national appearances from 1998-2003, and won the championship in 2003. PERSONAL Born July 2, 1987 ... Parents: Dave and Kathy Gorrell … Siblings: Chris (28) and Brian (21) … Major: deaf and hard of hearing education … last name pronounced GOR-el. GORRELL’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2006 .261 54 54 138 20 36 8 0 1 16 47 .341 22 6 23 1 .383 1 6 1 1 288 30 3 .991 2007 .260 62 62 169 18 44 10 0 6 32 72 .426 18 3 20 0 .337 3 3 0 1 319 37 1 .997 TOTAL .261 116 116 307 38 80 18 0 7 48 119 .388 40 9 43 1 .358 4 9 1 2 607 67 4 .994  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N12 12 1/29/2008 10:06:50 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 2 AmBEr SmITh co-capTain | piTcher/firsT base | 6-0 | r/r | Junior | fairfield, calif. | fairfield ThE bIG PICTuRE: SMITh IN 2008 Smith will take over the Redbirds’ No. 1 pitching spot this season after the departure of all-American Shannon Nicholson and Stacy Birk in 2007. A dominant hitter, Smith will also be one of ISU’s biggest bats in the lineup. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - SOPhOMORE season-high five runs against Drake (April 8) ... started all 54 hITTING Selected to the All-MVC First Team ... named to the games ... led the MVC in RBI, home runs and base on balls ... At-bats ________________________ 6 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/ led the team in home runs, RBI, total bases, walks, slugging at Wichita State (3.31.07) Louisville Slugger All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... percentage, on-base percentage, two-out RBI and multiple- Runs _______________ 3, three times named to the initial Amateur Softball Association (ASA) RBI games ... hit .402 with runners on base and .414 when last at Drake (4.14.07) Top-50 Watch List for the Sixth Annual USA Softball they were in scoring position ... batted .413 in neutral-site Hits _________________ 3, four times National Collegiate Player of the Year Award in January games with a team-best 19 hits. last at Missouri State (5.5.07) ... preseason All-MVC Team selection ... had the second- RBI______________________5, twice highest fielding percentage on the team among regular hIGh SChOOL - FAIRFIELD last vs. Belmont (3.11.07) starters at .98 ... recorded two multiple-home run games, Spent her freshman year at Benicia High School, where Doubles _______________________ 2 (March 11 versus Belmont; April 14 at Drake) ... earned she started on both the softball and basketball teams … vs. Drake (4.8.06) first-collegiate decision in the circle against Northern three-year starter in softball and basketball at Fairfield High Home Runs ___________ 2, five times Iowa (March 17) ... recorded a 3-1 record in the circle ... School … named softball team MVP as a senior, in addition to last at Drake (4.14.07) one of three Redbirds to collect 40 or more hits and RBI receiving conference Pitcher of the Year accolades … earned Total Bases ____________________ 9 in the same season, with 60 hits and 41 RBI ... helped conference Pitcher and Player of the Year honors in 2004 vs. Belmont (3.12.06) to make ISU history April 14 when she hit two of the six … named to the all-city softball team in 2003 and 2004 … Walks ____________________3, twice total home runs in a single game at Drake and hit the kept her ERA under 0.03 her final three years of high school last at Loyola-Chicago (4.26.06) Stolen Bases __________ 1, five times last of back-to-back-to-back shots in the same contest ... … batted .350 as a junior and .480 as a senior … four-year last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) broke the ISU career home run record April 14 at Drake honor roll member … received an academic achievement Hit-by-Pitch _________ 1, seven times with her 26th-career shot ... earned two Valley Player of award in 2004 last vs. Long Beach St. (3.4.07) the Week honors (April 16; April 30). Putouts ______________________ 19 PERSONAL at Wichita State (3.31.07) 2006 - FREShMAN Born July 25, 1987 ... Parents: Daniel and Paula Kindschy … Assists ________________________ 4 Easton/Bell Sports Second-Team All-American ... Sibling: Andrew (11) … Major: recreation management. at Evansville (3.24.07) Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Third-Team All- American ... NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Great Lakes PITChING Region First Team ... Missouri Valley Conference Innings Pitched _______________ 6.0 Newcomer of the Year ... All-Valley First Team ... fell vs. DePaul (3.21.07) just one home run shy of tying the MVC/ISU single- Runs Allowed ___________________ 6 season standard (18), and was one RBI short of the vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.14.07) then-Redbird single-season RBI record of 51 ... named Hits Allowed ____________________ 8 to the Western Kentucky Invitational All-Tourney Team vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) ... two-time MVC Player of the Week (April 10; May 8) ThE hONORS Earned Runs ___________________ 6 ➢ 2006 and 2007 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... only player in ISU softball history to amass at least vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.14.07) ➢ 2006 Easton/Bell Sports Second-Team All-American 40 hits, 40 runs scored and 40 RBI in a single season Strikeouts______________________ 6 ➢ 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Third-Team ... established new Redbird freshman records for home All-American vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.14.07) runs 17), RBI (50), total bases 104) and walks (31) … hit ➢ 2006 MVC Newcomer of the Year Walks Allowed __________________ 6 a pair of home runs in three different games ... drove in a ➢ 2006 and 2007 All-MVC First-Team selection vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.14.07) SMITh’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2006 .324 54 54 145 40 47 6 0 17 50 104 .717 31 6 45 1 .457 2 1 4 4 185 11 3 .985 2007 .328 62 62 183 38 60 9 0 15 41 114 .623 35 1 47 1 .436 1 0 1 1 436 30 6 .987 TOTAL .326 116 116 328 78 107 15 0 32 91 218 .665 66 7 92 2 .446 3 1 5 5 621 41 9 .987 yEAR ERA W L APP GS CG ShO CbO Sv IP h R ER bb SO 2b 3b hR bF b/AvG WP hbP SFA ShA bk 2006 5.91 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 10.2 15 10 9 10 11 2 0 5 56 .341 2 0 0 2 0 2007 5.12 3 1 7 4 1 0 0 0 26.0 29 19 19 21 20 7 2 1 128 .296 1 1 2 6 0 TOTAL 5.35 3 1 11 5 1 0 0 0 36.2 44 29 28 31 31 9 2 6 184 .310 3 1 2 8 0 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N13 13 1/29/2008 10:06:51 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 12 KATIE ThOENNES ouTfield | 5-10 | r/r | Junior |normal, ill. | normal communiTy ThE bIG PICTuRE: ThOENNES IN 2008 After seeing limited action during her first two seasons with the Redbirds, Thoennes is projected to take on a starting role in the Redbird outfield this season. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - SOPhOMORE and 2005 … helped lead her team to the conference At-bats ____________________ 3 Appeared in 25 games with 15 starts, all in the championship as a junior … as a sophomore, her at Wichita State (3.31.07) outfield ... had a 1.000 fielding percentage on .357 average ranked third in the intercity and seventh Runs ___________ 1, three times the season, and tallied nine putouts in nine in the area. last vs. Lehigh (2.24.07) chances … tallied her first collegiate hit against Hits ______________________ 1 Indiana State (March 28) with an infield single PERSONAL vs. Indiana State (3.28.07) Total Bases ___________ 1, twice ... scored one run versus Lehigh (Feb. 24) at Born Oct. 14, 1986 ... Parents: Terry and Cathy last at Wichita State (3.31.07) the NFCA Leadoff Classic after she took on Thoennes … Siblings: Brittnee (16), Beckie (13) and Walks ________________ 1, twice pinch-running duties for Kelsey Warning ... Jake (2) ... Major: community health education … last last at Wichita State (3.31.07) recorded a career-high five putouts in right field name pronounced TENNIS. Putouts ___________________ 5 at Indiana State (April 18) … AFNI Athletics at Indiana State (4.18.07) Honor Roll member. 2006 - FREShMAN Her first collegiate at-bat came against Boston (March 5) ... served primarily as a pinch runner, with spot relief in the outfield. hIGh SChOOL – NORMAL COMMuNITy Three-year starter in softball and two-year starter in basketball … earned Big 12 Conference scholar-athlete honors three- straight seasons … her softball team made it to sectionals every season … earned softball all- conference honorable mention honors in 2004 ThOENNES’ CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2006 .000 15 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 2007 .100 25 15 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100 2 0 4 0 .250 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 1.000 TOTAL .077 40 15 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .077 2 0 5 0 .200 0 2 0 0 10 0 0 1.000  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N14 14 1/29/2008 10:06:53 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 21 KAPrIcE wILLIAmS shorTsTop | 5-10 | r/r | Junior | porTage, mich. | porTage norThern ThE bIG PICTuRE: WILLIAMS IN 2008 A two-year starter at shortstop, Williams will once again handle the up-the-middle duties for the Redbird defense in the infield. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - SOPhOMORE hIGh SChOOL – PORTAGE NORThERN At-bats ____________________ 5 Hit .417 at the NCAA Regional in Evanston, Ill., and As a freshman, her team won the Class A state at Indiana State (4.18.07) recorded five hits in 12 at-bats, scoring a run and championship in Michigan … all-conference, all-district and Runs _____________2, five times tallying a pair of RBI ... hit both a double and a home all-region selection as a sophomore ... Big League World last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) run at the NCAA Regional, hitting ISU’s only long Series runner up in 2004 ... as a junior, she led her team Hits ______________________ 3 ball of the tournament against Notre Dame (May 19) with a .464 batting average ... in 2005, her ASA summer vs. SE Missouri St. (3.11.07) ... named to the 2007 State Farm Missouri Valley team won the Northern Championship. RBI_____________ 4, three times Conference All-Tournament Team ... recorded two last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) multiple-home run games on the season, smacking PERSONAL Doubles __________1, eight times a pair of shots against No. 16 Baylor (Feb. 24) Born: June 16, 1987 ... Parents: Greg and Kathy vs. Northwestern (5.19.07)* and versus Missouri State (May 5) ... notched six Williams … Siblings: Kadecia (26) and Keilah (23), who Home Runs ___________ 2, twice multiple-RBI games, including two games when played softball at Loyola-Chicago … Major: recreation vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) she drove in four RBI (March 11 versus Southeast management … first name pronounced kuh-PREEce. Total Bases ___________ 8, twice Missouri State; May 5 versus Missouri State) ... No. last vs. Baylor (2.25.07) 11 on the ISU career home runs list with 13. Walks ________________ 2, twice last at Bradley (3.25.06) 2006 - FREShMAN Stolen Bases ______ 1, four times Started all but four games, all at shortstop ... hit a last vs. Northern Iowa (3.18.07) pair of two-run home runs in a win over Evansville Putouts ______________ 5, twice (April 15) ... 10 of her 14 RBI came with two outs ... last vs. Iowa (2.17.07) three of her four home runs occurred at the Redbird Assists ____________________ 9 Softball Complex in conference action. vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) * NCAA Regional game at Evanston, Ill. ThE hONORS ➢ 2007 State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team WILLIAMS’ CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2006 .214 51 50 112 17 24 5 0 4 14 41 .366 15 1 33 0 .313 0 3 3 4 65 87 16 .905 2007 .291 56 55 117 16 34 3 0 10 26 67 .573 5 0 37 0 .317 1 2 1 1 74 113 16 .921 TOTAL .253 107 105 229 33 58 8 0 14 40 108 .472 20 1 70 0 .315 1 5 4 5 139 200 32 .914 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N15 15 1/29/2008 10:06:56 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 18 mIchELLE hENdErSON co-capTain | infield | 5-7 | r/r | sophomore | normal, ill. | normal wesT ThE bIG PICTuRE: hENDERSON IN 2008 Henderson is one of the top candidates to start at first base this season whenever Amber Smith is pitching. A versatile corner infielder, Henderson may also give third baseman Kara Nelson some relief at the hot corner. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - FREShMAN titles in 2003 and 2004 … led her team to the Big 12 At-bats ____________________ 4 Appeared in 32 games for the Redbirds and Conference title as a junior … senior leader at the vs. Coastal Carolina (2.23.07) started 20 of those as the designated player ... Big 12 Leadership Conference in 2005; also attended Runs ____________1, eight times hit six home runs and drove in 18 RBI ... AFNI the conference as a sophomore … earned Big 12 last vs. Indiana State (3.28.07) Athletics Honor Roll member. Conference Scholar-Athlete honors in both softball Hits ______________________ 3 at Evansville (3.24.07) and basketball in 2005 RBI_______________________ 4 hIGh SChOOL – NORMAL WEST vs. Lehigh (2.24.07) Three-year starter in softball and a two-year PERSONAL Doubles ______________ 1, twice starter in golf and basketball ... played for Born April 12, 1988 ... Parents: Chris Henderson and at Wichita State (3.31.07) former Illinois State softball all-American April Valerie Quinn ... Sibling: Brett (22), who participates Home Runs ________ 1, six times Schermann at Normal West … IHSA Class in football and wrestling at Augustana ... Major: vs. Indiana State (3.28.07) AA Hitting Derby Champion as a junior; also physical education. Total Bases ________ 4, six times participated in the derby as a sophomore last vs. Indiana State (3.28.07) …first-team all-conference as a junior … Walks _____________________ 2 helped Normal West to two-straight regional vs. IUPUI (3.10.07) Hit-by-Pitch ___________ 1, twice last at Evansville (3.25.07) hENDERSON’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2007 .293 32 20 58 8 17 2 0 6 18 37 .638 6 2 26 0 .379 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 TOTAL .293 32 20 58 8 17 2 0 6 18 37 .638 6 2 26 0 .379 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N16 16 1/29/2008 10:06:59 AM
  • redbirdsILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 9 vIcKI KLOPF ouTfield | 5-5 | l/r | sophomore | wheaTon, ill. | wheaTon-warrenville souTh ThE bIG PICTuRE: kLOPF IN 2008 After not seeing much action in 2007 due to an injury she suffered during the fall 2006 tournament season, Klopf will be relied upon in 2008 to be one of the Redbirds’ top base runners, as well as a defensive fill-in in the outfield. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - FREShMAN on the team with an on-base percentage of .352 Runs _____________ 1, six times Used solely as a pinch runner after she ... defensively, she recorded 28 putouts and only last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) suffered an injury during the fall season ... three errors ... picked as an all-conference selection took on base running duties in 15 games and senior year ... named as the team’s best offensive scored six runs for the ‘Birds ... AFNI Athletics player of 2006 ... her junior year, she was named Honor Roll member. a team captain, while her team went 21-15-1, 8-6 in conference play ... teammate of current Redbird hIGh SChOOL – WhEATON-WARRENvILLE Carly Billings. SOuTh Started in the outfield as a senior in 2006, and PERSONAL helped her team to a 17-17-1 record ... first Born Nov. 27, 1987 ... Parents: Greg and Gail on the team with a .333 batting average, with Klopf ... mother, Gail, attended ISU from 1969-71 34 hits and six RBI in 102 at-bats ... second ...Siblings: Kristen (29) and David (19) ... Major: undeclared ... last name pronounced KLOFF. kLOPF’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2007 .000 15 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 TOTAL .000 15 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N17 17 1/29/2008 10:07:01 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 5 KArA NELSON Third base | 5-8 | l/r | sophomore | moline, ill. | moline ThE bIG PICTuRE: NELSON IN 2008 The Valley’s first-ever freshman conference player of the year will once again be looked upon to be the team’s offensive and defensive catalyst in 2008, after she earned all-America honors in her rookie campaign (2007). SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - FREShMAN hIGh SChOOL - MOLINE At-bats ____________________ 6 Named to the 2007 Easton All-America First Member of the 2006 IHSA Class AA State at Indiana State (4.18.07) Team ... selected to the 2007 Louisville Championship Team ... helped her team to a Runs _____________________ 4 Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Second second-place finish in the 2005 IHSA Class AA vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) Team ... became the first-ever freshman to State Tournament … as a junior, led the conference Hits _________________ 4, twice last at Creighton (4.21.07) earn the Missouri Valley Conference Player with a .388 average and 33 stolen bases; also led RBI_______________________ 3 of the Year award after she led the league the the conference in hits … earned all-conference at Wichita State (4.1.07) majority of the season in at-bats, runs, hits, and all-metro honors in 2005 … 2005 IHSA Class Doubles ______________ 2, twice and batting average ... selected to the All-MVC AA State All-Tournament Team honoree … earned at Creighton (4.21.07) First Team ... named to the National Fastpitch all-state honorable mention plaudits as a junior … Triples __________ 1, three times Coaches Association/Louisville Slugger All- helped guide her team to conference softball crowns last at Western Illinois (4.10.07) Great Lakes Region First Team ... led ISU and in 2004 and 2005 … two-year starter in softball and Home Runs ______ 1, three times set team freshman record for single-season volleyball; started as a senior on the basketball team last at Creighton (4.21.07) batting average (.415) ... also led the Redbirds … helped her team to three-straight conference Total Bases ________________ 8 vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) in at-bats (217), runs (59), hits (90) and triples titles in volleyball … two-time all-conference and Walks ________________ 2, twice (4) ... had two eight-game hitting streaks all-metro selection in volleyball … as a junior, led the last vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) throughout the season ... the only Redbird on conference in digs … in 2005, her volleyball team Stolen Bases _____ 1, three times the 2007 roster to collect more than 50 runs won the regional and sectional titles en route to last vs. Northwestern (5.20.07)* and 50 hits ... boasted 27 multiple-hit games ... setting the school record for wins in a season … two- Hit-by-Pitch ___________ 1, twice AFNI Athletics Honor Roll member. time team captain for volleyball … National Honor last vs. Missouri State (5.5.07) Society member … Spanish National Honor Society Putouts ______________ 3, twice member. last vs. Notre Dame (5.18.07)* Assists ____________________ 6 PERSONAL at Northwestern (5.20.07)* Born June 20, 1988 ... Parents: Jeff and Kim Nelson ... Sibling: Lindsey (13) ... Major: business * NCAA Regional game at Evanston, Ill. administration. ThE hONORS ➢ 2007 Easton All-America First Team ➢ 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America Second Team ➢ 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year ➢ 2007 All-MVC First Team ➢ 2007 NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Great Lakes Region First Team NELSON’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb S LG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2007 .415 61 61 217 59 90 14 4 3 21 121 .558 12 2 21 0 .448 1 3 3 3 46 112 9 .946 TOTAL .415 61 61 217 59 90 14 4 3 21 121 .558 12 2 21 0 .448 1 3 3 3 46 112 9 .946  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N18 18 1/29/2008 10:07:03 AM
  • redbirdsILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 00 dIcIEmBrE vAcA uTiliTy | 5-10 | r/r | sophomore | fonTana, calif. | kaiser ThE bIG PICTuRE: vACA IN 2008 A versatile utility player, Vaca will fill a key defensive specialist and pinch-running role for the Redbirds. Vaca will also compete with Kaprice Williams for the starting nod at shortstop. SINgLE-gAmE BESTS 2007 - FREShMAN and junior … her team never finished lower than At-bats _______________ 4, twice Started seven of the 12 games she played ... second in the conference … as a junior, she batted last vs. Long Beach St. (3.4.07) scored two runs and tallied two hits in 22 at- .386 with 26 RBI in 26 games … four-year starter in Runs ________________ 1, twice bats ... drove in her lone RBI of the season on softball and four-year starter in volleyball … ranked in last vs. Iowa (2.17.07) versus Idaho State (Feb. 16). the top-15 percent of her class … honor society and Hits _________________ 1, twice honor roll member … California Scholar Federation. last at Evansville (3.24.07) RBI_______________________ 1 hIGh SChOOL - kAISER vs. Idaho State (2.16.07) Two-time first-team All-Sunkist League pick … PERSONAL Total Bases ________________ 1 her team made it to the second round of the Born Sept. 20, 1988 ... Parents: Luis and Donyelle vs. North Carolina CIF Tournament all three seasons … led her Vaca ... one of eight children ... Major: Spanish Walks ___________ 1, three times team to the Sunkist League title as a junior … teacher education ... full name is pronounced: Dee- last vs. Iowa (2.17.07) second team all-county as a sophomore … Cee-em-bray Va-KUH. Putouts ___________________ 1 West Valley All-Tourney team as a freshman vs. DePaul (3.21.07) Assists ____________________ 5 vs. DePaul (3.21.07) vACA’S CAREER STATISTICS yEAR AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb LG% bb hbP S SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% 2007 .091 12 7 22 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 . 091 3 0 6 0 .200 0 2 0 0 1 7 1 .889 TOTAL .091 12 7 22 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 .091 3 0 6 0 .200 0 2 0 0 1 7 1 .889 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N19 19 1/29/2008 10:07:05 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 6 jENNIFEr BrOwN caTcher | 5-6 | r/r | senior |rock island, ill. | rock island/blackhawk 2007 - juNIOR hIGh SChOOL - ROCk ISLAND Did not play. Four-year starter in softball and two-year starter in basketball ... named all-conference junior and senior season and PREvIOuS SChOOL - bLACkhAWk COLLEGE honorable mention all-conference freshman and sophomore Named to the Arrowhead Conference All-Conference year ... team captain senior year ... started every game as a and All-Tournament teams both seasons ... also named senior. to the all-tournament and all-region teams at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) PERSONAL nationals both seasons ... team captain ... team was Born Jan. 1, 1986 ... Parents: Tom and Diane Brown ... conference and regional champion both years ... team Siblings: Jeff (27) and Jason (27) ... Major: recreation placed sixth at nationals both years, its best finish in management. school history. ThE bIG PICTuRE: bROWN IN 2008 Brown will backup veteran catcher Casey Gorrell. Brown did not see any action last year for the Redbirds after she transferred from Blackhawk College following the 2006 season. 10 rAchEL SmITh piTcher | 5-5 | r/r | Junior | williamsville, ill. | williamsville/lincoln land cc PREvIOuS SChOOL – LINCOLN LAND CC wins and a 0.57 ERA … four-time all-conference selection … Named to the all-region and all-tournament teams for team MVP senior year … all-area player of the year senior year the Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) … MWAC … team finished second at state senior year and won both the Freshman of the Year in 2006 … two-time MWAC Pitcher Sangamo and Prairie State Conference championships … team of the Year … NFCA All-America First-Team selection won conference championship her junior year …. Prairie State … National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Conference Scholar-Athlete senior year … four-time honor roll All-America First Team … NJCAA Division II All-America member. Honorable Mention team member … played against the Cuban national team in 2003. PERSONAL Born Jan. 1, 1987 … Parents: Rick and Teri Smith … hIGh SChOOL – WILLIAMSvILLE Sibling: Taylor (18) … Major: physical education. Finished high school career with a school-record 69 ThE bIG PICTuRE: SMITh IN 2008 A transfer from Lincoln Land Community College, Smith enters the season as one of the Redbirds’ prime starting pitching candidates to relieve Amber Smith in the circle. Smith is also expected to pitch in relief. 14 KATIE mAThIS ouTfield | 5-1 | r/r | Junior | shawnee, kan. | shawnee mission nw/Johnson counTy cc PREvIOuS SChOOL – jOhNSON COuNTy CC named a first-team all-state selection in 2006 … high school Selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association team posted a 21-3 record in 2006, and claimed the regional (NFCA) Academic All-America team as a freshman … championship … high school team finished runner-up at state earned East Jayhawk Second-Team All-Conference in 2005 … recorded a .514 batting average as a junior, and led plaudits as a freshman … member of the dean’s honor the team in RBI … earned several first-team honors, including, roll for two semesters ... batted .324 as a freshman with All-Johnson County, All-Sunflower League, All-Metro and 24 stolen bases and 31 RBI. All-Sun County. hIGh SChOOL – ShAWNEE MISSION PERSONAL NORThWEST Born June 9, 1987 ... Parents: Bob and Anita Mathis … Major: Played for the K.C. Pride Gold 18 summer team … financial accounting. ThE bIG PICTuRE: MAThIS IN 2008 An NFCA Academic All-American in 2006 at Johnson County Community College, Mathis is a prime contender to be ISU’s starting center fielder. 0 2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N20 20 1/29/2008 10:07:09 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 19 cArLy BILLINgS caTcher | 5-4 | r/r | freshman | wheaTon, ill. | wheaTon-warrenville souTh hIGh SChOOL – WhEATON-WARRENvILLE PERSONAL SOuTh Born Aug. 20, 1989 … Parents: Scott and Julie Named softball team captain senior year … Billings … Siblings: Maxwell (20) and Zach (15) selected to the all-conference and academic … brother, Maxwell, and cousin, Jacqui Dvoraic, all-conference teams, as well as to the all-area attended Illinois State … cousin, Trevor Husinga, honorable mention team senior year … batted currently plays baseball at Illinois … Major: physical .324 with a .963 fielding percentage junior year education. … won the principle honor (Charles Baker Award) ... teammate of current Redbird Vicki Klopf. ThE bIG PICTuRE: bILLINGS IN 2008 In her first season with the Redbirds, Billings will share backup catcher duties with Jennifer Brown, while also filling in as a capable pinch runner for ISU. 20 chrISSy BUrTON piTcher/ouTfield | 5-9 | l/r | freshman | mapleTon, ill. | illini bluffs hIGh SChOOL – ILLINI bLuFFS junior year and won the sectional championship Three-sport athlete, participating in softball, sophomore year … first-team all-conference basketball and volleyball all four years … selection in volleyball senior year … member of the first-team all-state honoree in softball junior school honor roll. year and second-team all-state honoree in softball sophomore year … first-team all-area PERSONAL selection in softball sophomore and junior year Born April 26, 1989 ... Parents: Brian and Pam … first-team all-conference selection in softball Burton … Major: exercise science. sophomore, junior and senior year … softball team was regional champion sophomore and ThE bIG PICTuRE: buRTON IN 2008 One of ISU’s “young guns,” Burton will fill a dual role in the circle for the Redbirds, as she will be a spot starter as ISU’s No. 2/3 pitcher, while also pitching in relief. 13 KASEy mArTIN firsT base | 5-10 | l/r | freshman | lenexa, kan. | shawnee mission norThwesT hIGh SChOOL – ShAWNEE MISSION year … honor roll member for three years. NORThWEST First-team All-Johnson County and first-team PERSONAL All-Sunflower League selection as a junior, batting Born June 17, 1989 ... Parents: Ken and Mary Carol .514, while leading team in RBI … also first-team Martin … Sibling: Kelly (19) … sister, Kelly, plays softball all-metro, first-team All-Sun County and first-team at Central Missouri, while her cousin, Bruce Nechanicky, all-state as a junior … team was regional champion plays lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy … junior year … as a sophomore, earned All-Sunflower Major: elementary education. League First-Team honors, while also being selected to the all-state second team … team was regional champion and state runner-up sophomore ThE bIG PICTuRE: MARTIN IN 2008 Martin could contend for the starting first base position when Amber Smith is not pitching, and may also get some playing time as the Redbirds’ designated player. Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N21 21 1/29/2008 10:07:12 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The redbirds 11 BrITTANy mcELmUry uTiliTy | 5-9 | r/r | freshman | mokena, ill. | lincoln-way easT hIGh SChOOL – LINCOLN-WAy EAST PERSONAL All-area honorable mention as a sophomore Born Jan. 3, 1989 … Parents: Timothy and Lori … team was regional and sectional champion McElmury … Siblings: Kyle (19), Matthew (15) and junior year, while also winning the regional Zachary (15) … father, Tim, played football at North championship sophomore year … batted Central College, while her cousin, Brad Cosentino, .368 as a junior, and had a .575 slugging ran cross country and track and field at Augustana percentage … two-time high honor roll member College … Major: general finance. … two-time athletic-scholar award recipient … member of the National Honor Society. ThE bIG PICTuRE: McELMuRy IN 2008 McElmury’s ability to play several positions will play a key role for ISU, as she is projected to fill in as a backup at several positions. 17 Amy mITchELL piTcher | 5-8 | r/r | freshman | palaTine, ill. | palaTine hIGh SChOOL – PALATINE for wins in a season (29) junior year … softball team won Three-sport athlete, who participated in basketball for regionals junior and senior year and won sectionals junior year four years, softball for three years and swimming for one … graduated in the top-10 percent of her class … member of year … holds school career records for strikeouts (721), the National Honor Society … member of the “A” honor roll … wins (60) and lowest ERA (0.73) … set school record won the IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award. for most strikeouts in a game (21) senior year … pitched the first perfect game in school history senior year ... PERSONAL all-state softball selection junior and senior year … team Born Nov. 6, 1987 … Parents: Tim and Laurie Mitchell … MVP junior and senior year … team captain senior year Siblings: Scott (26), Dana (22) and Kevin (17) … sister, … all-area and all-conference selection sophomore, Dana, attended Illinois State … father, Tim, coaches softball junior and senior year … Chicago Sun-Times All-Area at Palatine High School … Major: specialist in learning and selection junior year … softball team set school record behavior education. ThE bIG PICTuRE: MITChELL IN 2008 The Redbirds’ only walk-on, Mitchell will see significant time this season as a starting/relief pitcher for the Redbirds. 16 ABBy OLSON uTiliTy | 5-10 | r/r | freshman | harTsburg, ill. | harTsburg-emden hIGh SChOOL – hARTSbuRG-EMDEN Participated in softball and volleyball ... started all four PERSONAL years in softball; and started sophomore, junior and Born Dec. 5, 1988 … Parents: Tracy and Stacy Olson … senior year in volleyball … four-time all-conference Siblings: Drew (20), Clay (10) and Emme (7) ... brother, selection in softball …. selected to the Bloomington Drew, plays baseball at Lincoln College … uncle, Gary Pantagraph All-Area Softball Team as a senior … Shirley, coached basketball at Farina South Central High softball team went to the first round of sectionals School … Major: criminal justice. 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. ThE bIG PICTuRE: OLSON IN 2008 Olson will fill a variety of roles for the Redbirds, as she contents for the starting first base job, while also giving ISU a strong bat as a designated player.  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N22 22 1/29/2008 10:07:16 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The redbirds 4 jESSIcA rOchE ouTfield | 5-3 | r/r | freshman | orland park, ill. | carl sandburg hIGh SChOOL – CARL SANDbuRG PERSONAL Softball team was conference, regional Born March 26, 1989 … Parents: Jim and Karen and sectional champions senior year … Roche … has one sibling: Jimmy (10) … Major: team placed third at the IHSA state softball exercise science. championships junior year, along with being conference, regional, sectional and super- sectional champions … also played basketball … on the school honor roll sophomore, junior and senior year. ThE bIG PICTuRE: ROChE IN 2008 Roche is expected to fill a versatile role for the Redbirds, as the speedy base runner will take on backup duties in the Redbird outfield, as well as fill in as a capable pinch runner. ShANNON NIchOLSON ThrOUgh ThE yEArS SOPhOMORE FREShMAN juNIOR IN A LEAgUE OF hEr OwN... ShANNON NIchOLSON A NATIONAL rEcrUITINg PrESENcE - rEdBIrd SOFTBALL All-American. First-team All-Missouri Valley While Melinda Fischer and the Redbird softball coaching staff strongly believe that some of the best softball student- Conference. One of the winningest pitchers in athletes come from the state of Illinois, the Redbirds are not shy about going outside of the “Land of Lincoln” to find Illinois State softball history. All of these adjectives, talented softball players. In fact, Illinois State softball has signed recruits from 17 different states in its 43-year history. and more, describe former Redbird softball pitcher Shannon Nicholson, but two descriptors really stand Below is a sampling of what states some of those recruits have come from and how many recruits have come from out from the rest: the 2007 Illinois State Female each state. Scholar-Athlete and Female Athlete of the Year. 1 Truly a remarkable accomplishment. So remarkable in fact, that only one other female student-athlete in ISU Athletics history had ever accomplished the feat before, as Liina 1 2 1 1 1 Suurvarik became the first to win both the Illinois State Female Scholar-Athlete and Female Athlete of 1 191 the Year awards in the same year (2004). Nicholson’s stellar Redbird softball career 4 1 concluded in 2007 when she was named an Easton Second-Team All-American after she led ISU in wins (21) and earned-run average (1.53). She was also named to the NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Great 12 2 3 Lakes Region First Team. The most amazing part of Nicholson’s performance in 2007 was that she did it with a torn Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) in 4 6 1 her right knee, which she injured in a game against Southeast Missouri State March 14. The Chatham, Ill., native ranks second on the Illinois State career lists in saves; third in appearances and games started; fourth in wins PUTTINg ThE “ILLINOIS” IN ILLINOIS STATE and innings pitched; and fifth in complete games, One-hundred-ninety-one of Illinois State’s 228 recruited softball student- shutouts and strikeouts. athletes - 84 percent - have hailed from the “Land of Lincoln.” Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N23 23 1/29/2008 10:07:23 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The sTaff mELINdA FISchEr head coach | 23rd season | 724-483-4 (.647) | illinois sTaTe, ‘72 The all-time winningest coach in Illinois State Athletics history. Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Head Softball Coach. A combined nine Missouri Valley Conference and Gateway Athletic Conference regular-season championships. All of that and more defines Illinois State head softball coach Melinda Fischer. Fischer has more wins in her Illinois State head coaching career than any other coach in Redbird Athletics history, with an ISU softball head coaching record that stands at 724-483-4 entering the 2008 season. She earned her 714th career victory at Illinois State April 14, 2007 with a win over Drake, and in the process, passed legendary Redbird baseball coach Duffy Bass, as the all-time winningest coach in Redbird Athletics history. In May 2007, Fischer was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference as the all-time head softball coach in Valley history. Fischer is not only the Missouri Valley Conference’s winningest coach of all-time, but also its winningest coach in conference play, with 311 career Valley victories, against just 124 conference losses and two ties. During her 22 seasons at the helm of the Illinois State softball program, Fischer has directed the Redbirds to national prominence, most recently with their sixth NCAA Regional appearance in 2007, the program’s second-straight at-large bid. One of the most respected softball coaches in the nation, Fischer earned her 700th career coaching victory in 2006. Fischer has led her teams to nine regular-season Valley titles, including four in the last seven seasons. She also has two cOAchINg cArEEr Gateway regular-season championships to her credit, as well as three Valley Tournament titles. Illinois State _______ 1986-present Her success and devotion to softball extends beyond Illinois State, as she was the first recipient of the National Fastpitch Record ________ 724-483-4 (.647) Coaches Association (NFCA) Distinguished Service Award at the Speedline Coach of the Year/NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet in December 2002. Eastern Illinois _________ 1979-80 In addition to guiding her teams to high levels of success, Fischer’s numerous awards and honors, plus her team’s Record ____________ 32-17 (.653) accolades, speak for themselves. A recipient of six conference coach of the year honors, Fischer has led a coaching staff that was honored as both the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and the Speedline/NFCA Great Lakes cArEEr AccOLAdES Region Coaching Staff of the year in 2006. Two regional coach of the year citations, 16 ➢ Winningest coach in Illinois State all-Americans, five College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic Athletics history All-Americans and countless other honors highlight Illinois State’s success under ➢ Winningest coach in MVC history Fischer. ➢ Missouri Valley Conference All- Fischer’s attraction to softball started well before she became head softball Centennial Head Softball Coach coach at Illinois State in 1986. She began her coaching career in 1974 after a ➢ Six-time MVC/Gateway Coach of four-year stint as an ISU student-athlete. She became a graduate assistant the Year (1987, ‘95, ‘96, ‘99, ‘01, coach for ISU’s softball and basketball teams while completing a graduate ‘06) degree in physical education. ➢ 2006 Speedline/NFCA Great As an athlete at Illinois State, Fischer helped lead the Redbirds to the Lakes Region Coaching Staff of 1969 Women’s College World Series, where they finished second. the Year Although the team fell one game shy of winning the first Women’s College ➢ 2002 NFCA Distinguished Service World Series, her contribution to the team led to her induction into the ISU Award Winner Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 1969 national runner-up softball ➢ 1987 Midwest Region Coach of team. She has also been inducted as a coach. the Year Knowing she would work her way back to Division I collegiate softball, ➢ Only non-track and field coach in Fischer started a three-year coaching stint at Eastern Illinois in 1976 after The Valley to coach a conference earning her master’s degree at ISU. Fischer was originally hired as the head championship team in two coach of the women’s basketball team, a post she held for three years. different sports (softball and basketball) FISchEr’S mILESTONE ILLINOIS STATE vIcTOrIES ➢ Only 15 active Division I coaches NO. DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTAbLE have more career wins than 1 3.8.86 Boston College W, 5-0 ISU’s first game of 1986 season is Fischer’s first “W” Fischer 50 3.28.87 Bradley W, 10-0 Win comes in middle of eight-game win streak ➢ Ranks 42nd all-time for overall 100 4.28.88 Indiana State W, 1-0 wins at the Division I level 159 Drake W, 4-0 Fischer becomes winningest coach in ISU softball history ➢ Twice inducted into the Illinois 200 Western Illinois W, 4-0 State Athletics Hall of Fame 300 3.17.95 (14) Missouri W, 3-1 Fischer earns second win of season over ranked opponent 400 5.4.97 Missouri State W, 4-0 Win comes in ISU’s final regular-season game of 1997 500 4.8.01 Southern Ill. W, 3-2 600 4.9.04 Southern Ill. W, 5-2 700 3.11.07 Belmont W, 11-0 Becomes just second ISU coach to amass 700 victories 714 4.14.07 Drake W, 11-4 Fischer becomes all-time winningest coach at ISU  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N24 24 1/29/2008 10:07:27 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The sTaff She took over the Panther softball program after her first year. In two years with EIU softball, Fischer led the Panthers to a 32-17 mark, including a 1980 season that ISU’S rEcOrd UNdEr FISchEr saw Eastern Illinois crowned the Illinois Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (IAIAW) state SEASON rEcOrd champion, securing a spot in the regional championship. 2007______________________________ 44-17-1 (.710) Fischer returned to her alma mater to become a co-head coach of the women’s basketball team in 2006________________________________ 38-16 (.704) 1980. She joined her former coach and fellow ISU Athletics Hall of Famer Dr. Jill Hutchison for the next 2005________________________________ 31-21 (.596) 2004______________________________ 33-19-1 (.623) five seasons. During her first two seasons, she also served as an assistant coach for the softball team. 2003________________________________ 29-23 (.558) Fischer took over the helm of Illinois State softball in the fall 1985. In her 22 seasons as head coach of 2002________________________________ 34-17 (.667) the Redbirds, she has compiled a .598 winning percentage. 2001_______________________________ 37-18 (.673)* In 1988, her team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Then in 1995, 2000_______________________________ 27-33 (.450)* her squad compiled 46 wins - the third-highest total by any team in ISU athletics history - and claimed 1999________________________________ 31-21 (.596) another conference title with a 19-1 MVC mark. Not only does Fischer have a knack for winning and 1998________________________________ 20-30 (.400) attracting quality players, she is a respected leader in the softball community. 1997________________________________ 28-21 (.571) Fischer first became a member of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) in 1960 and has been 1996________________________________ 35-19 (.648) appointed as an NCAA regional representative for numerous regional tournaments, as well as serving on 1995_______________________________ 46-14 (.766)* 1994________________________________ 36-21 (.637) NCAA Regional ranking committees. She has served as chair of the NFCA All-American Committee and 1993________________________________ 26-34 (.433) is currently the NFCA Convention Director. She is also tournament director for the NFCA Leadoff Classic 1992______________________________ 24-35-2 (.393) held annually in Georgia. From 1993-97, Fischer served as the first-vice president for the NFCA. 1991________________________________ 37-21 (.637) Fischer continues to utilize her softball knowledge, not only as a coach and administrator, but also as 1990________________________________ 29-26 (.527) a teacher. She contributes her skill through camps and clinics, while continuing to mold Illinois State into a 1989________________________________ 24-28 (.461) national contender. 1988________________________________ 39-12 (.764) 1987________________________________ 41-20 (.672) ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL hEAd cOAchINg LEdgEr 1986________________________________ 35-17 (.673) OvERALL RECORD _______________ 724-483-4 (.647) NAME yEARS COAChED RECORD PCT. Bold italics indicate conference championship Carmen Imel 1965-68 61-29 .677 * indicates conference tournament championship Dr. Jill Hutchison 1969-73, 1975-79 158-70 .693 Gooch Foster 1974 21-14 .600 Margie Wright 1980-85 115-85 .575 cONFErENcE rEcOrd Melinda Fischer 1986-present 724-483-4 .594 2007_______________________________ 18-7-1 (.692) Totals 1965-2007 1,079-681-4 .612 2006_________________________________ 19-4 (.826) *information prior to 1965 not available 2005________________________________ 13-14 (.481) 2004_________________________________ 18-9 (.667) 2003_________________________________ 20-6 (.769) 2002_________________________________ 21-4 (.840) 2001_________________________________ 19-3 (.864) 2000_________________________________ 10-8 (.556) 1999_________________________________ 14-4 (.778) 1998_________________________________ 7-11 (.389) 1997_________________________________ 14-2 (.875) 1996_________________________________ 15-2 (.882) 1995_________________________________ 19-1 (.950) 1994_________________________________ 11-7 (.611) 1993_________________________________ 11-7 (.611) 1992________________________________ 8-9-1 (.444) rEgULAr-SEASON cONFErENcE chAmPIONShIPS IN ThE 1991_________________________________ 13-5 (.722) mELINdA FISchEr-ErA (1986-PrESENT) 1990_________________________________ 12-2 (.857) 1989_________________________________ 12-4 (.750) 1988_________________________________ 13-3 (.813) 1987_________________________________ 11-7 (.611) 9 1986_________________________________ 13-5 (.722) OvERALL MvC RECORD ___________311-124-2 (.712) POSTSEASON 2007_____________________________ NCAA Regional 2006_____________________________ NCAA Regional 2001_____________________________ NCAA Regional 2000_____________________________ NCAA Regional 4 1995_____________________________ 1988_____________________________ NCAA Regional NCAA Regional 3 2 1 1 1 Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N25 25 1/29/2008 10:07:30 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL The sTaff BILL KENNEdy piTching coach | 23rd year | illinois sTaTe, ‘68 Illinois State softball has always been known for its premier pitching corps, ISU TEAm ErA and the leader of that group is a man who knows the dynamics of pitching (SINcE 2000) fastpitch softball better than anyone else in central Illinois: Bill Kennedy. A former standout pitcher for the national Amateur Softball Association yEAR _____________ AvG. of America (ASA) power Bloomington Hearts, Kennedy has produced four 2000________________1.95 all-American pitchers for the Redbirds in his 23 years as the ISU pitching 2001________________1.56 coach. Former Redbird pitchers Jodi Burch, Nicole Kurth, Shannon Nicholson 2002________________1.65 and Audra Rast all owe their all-American accolades to Kennedy’s attention to 2003_______________ 1.42* detail and experience. Simply put, Kennedy’s teaching skills have made Illinois 2004________________2.30 State pitchers the tops in the circle in the Missouri Valley Conference and in the 2005________________1.86 Midwest. 2006________________2.50 QUIcK FAcTS Kennedy honed his softball pitching teaching skills while he earned more 2007________________2.09 than 600 pitching victories from 1960-84 with the Bloomington Hearts. He also Eight-Year Avg. ______1.92 cOAchINg cArEEr managed the Hearts from 1985-89. Kennedy is a member of the Illinois Softball Illinois State Pitching Coach __ 1986-pres. Hall of Fame. * Lowest team ERA since 1987 Finesse, coupled with experience, have been Kennedy’s markers for success (0.82) cArEEr AccOmPLIShmENTS ➢ Coached four all-American throughout his 23 years alongside head coach Melinda Fischer. The 2007 Redbird pitching staff combined for 38 wins and 14 shutouts, while ISU recorded a school record 101 strikeouts looking to go along with 288 total pitchers strikeouts. In 2007, Nicholson became the latest Redbird pitcher to earn all-American plaudits under Kennedy’s tutelage, as the then-senior made a courageous comeback from a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in her right knee midway through the season to lead all ISU pitchers with a 21-8 record and a team-best 1.53 earned-run average (ERA). Another of Kennedy’s mentees, Stacy Birk, earned Valley Rookie of the Year honors in 2004, picking up where Audra Rast left off as Valley Pitcher of the Year in 2002 and 2003. In 2007 alone, Kennedy directed two seniors, Birk and Nicholson, to first-team All-MVC distinctions. Kennedy, who retired as a principal and teacher in the Heyworth School District after 30 years of service, earned both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Illinois State. TINA KrAmOS assisTanT coach | eighTh year | missouri sTaTe, ‘95 Entering her eighth year as an assistant coach at Illinois State, Tina Kramos has ISU TEAm taken the knowledge and skills that she earned while playing shortstop for Missouri BATTINg Avg. State from 1990-95 and transferred that into an ability to coach the Redbird hitters (SINcE 2001) and outfielders into some of the finest in The Valley. In just eight seasons as an assistant coach at ISU, Kramos has already coached yEAR _____________ AvG. two all-Americans (Amber Smith - 2006; Kara Nelson - 2007), and played a role in 2001________________.262 then-freshman Kara Nelson earning the 2007 Valley Player of the Year Award, the first 2002_______________ .290* time in conference history that a freshman has had that award bestowed upon her. Prior to her coaching career, Kramos was a member of the Missouri State softball 2003________________.238 team from 1990-95 and a two-time All-Valley First-Team selection. A strong hitter 2004________________.241 and fielder with the Bears, Kramos still ranks first in the MSU annals for assists in a 2005________________.253 single season (152), and second-most in a career (487). In the batter’s box, Kramos 2006________________.276 QUIcK FAcTS produced 94 runs in her four-year MSU career, a mark that stands as the fourth-best 2007_______________ .297* all-time in school history. She was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in Seven-Year Avg. ______.265 cOAchINg cArEEr Illinois State Asst. Coach_____ 2000-pres. 2004. Kramos has continued her softball career beyond coaching, as she was selected * Led Missouri Valley Conference cArEEr AccOmPLIShmENTS to the Greek National Team in the summer 2002. Earning multiple championships, ➢ Coached one all-American third Kramos played for the team that won the 2003 European Championship in Italy, while the Greek National Team took baseman and one all-American second-place honors in 2005 at the European Championships in Prague. She played with the Greek Olympic softball designated player team in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Kramos continues to compete with the team and most recently helped the ➢ Competed in the 2004 Athens squad place ninth at the 2006 ISF World Championships in Beijing, China. Olympics as part of the Greek Before arriving at Illinois State, Kramos coached softball from 1995-97 at Colorado-Colorado Springs before she spent olympic team three years on the coaching staff at Nicholls State. Kramos also played for the Michigan Cruise, an ASA women’s major team. Kramos leads the recruiting efforts at Illinois State and is also the primary hitting instructor. She helped the squad establish a new Illinois State single season home run standard in 2007 with 83 round-trippers, 32 more than the previous record of 51 set in 2006. The 2007 Redbirds also set a new bar in terms of slugging percentage (.509), runs scored (329), hits (489) and RBI (308).  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N26 26 1/29/2008 10:07:31 AM
  • redbirdsILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU The sTaff BILL dIcKSON volunTeer assisTanT coach | 10Th year | illinois sTaTe, ‘54 An educator and softball player for over 50 years, volunteer assistant coach Bill Dickson brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for teaching the game of softball to collegiate players. Working primarily with ISU’s corner infielders, Dickson’s newest pupil in 2007, third baseman Kara Nelson, earned all-American status in just her first season in the Redbird softball program. Dickson started his softball career when he was an undergraduate student at Illinois State. He played for the State Farm Chiefs from 1953-54. After receiving his master’s degree from ISU in 1957, Dickson started a career in education that lasted until 1997. A member of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) Hall of Fame, Dickson was a teacher for eight years and superintendent of schools for 30. After moving back to the Bloomington-Normal area in the late 1990s, he sought out Melinda Fischer and Illinois State softball, and his assistance to the program. QUIcK FAcTS Dickson’s recent coaching accolades include two of his pupils, Amber Smith and Nelson, who earned Missouri Valley Conference First-Team honors in 2007. Nelson went on to become the first freshman in Valley history to be cOAchINg cArEEr named the conference’s player of the Year. Illinois State Vol. Asst. Coach __1999-pres. cArEEr AccOmPLIShmENTS ➢ Coached five all-American corner infielders ➢ Coached two Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Year ShANNON NIchOLSON sTudenT assisTanT coach | firsT year | illinois sTaTe, ‘07 One of the most prolific pitchers to ever emerge from the Illinois State softball program, former Redbird Shannon Nichsolson joins the coaching staff in 2008 as a student assistant coach. Nicholson, who completed her illustrious four-year ISU career with 62 wins, the fourth-most all-time in school history, graduated in December 2007 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology and recreation with a concentration in sport management. Nicholson will assist pitching coach Bill Kennedy with the Illinois State pitchers this season and will work with both the Redbird starting and relief pitchers. The year 2007 was a banner year for Nicholson, as she was named the Illinois State Female Student-Athlete and Female Athlete of the Year, and was also selected as a 2007 Easton Second-Team All-American - just the second Redbird pitcher all-time to earn Easton Second-Team All-America status. She led the team in earned-run average (1.53) and wins (21), and was picked to the All-MVC First Team for the first time in her career. A consistent performer throughout her Redbird pitching career, Nicholson recorded at least 15 wins in the circle for QUIcK FAcTS ISU in each of her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She ranks fourth all-time for career wins (62), third in opponent batting average (.244), third in career appearances (135) and is tied for fifth in career cOAchINg cArEEr strikeouts with 362. Illinois State Stud. Asst. Coach _2007-pres. Nicholson signed a professional contract Jan. 21, 2008, to pitch for the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league in 2008. cArEEr AccOmPLIShmENTS ➢ Named Easton Second-Team All- America pitcher in 2007 ➢ Selected as a first-team All-Valley pitcher in 2007 Tim Pantaleone Team Manager ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ASSISTANT cOAchES LEdgEr Dan Camp ____________ 1989 Mary Jo Firnbach _____ 1996-98 Linda Herman ________ 1975-79 Therese McGraw _____ 1988-91 Rich Calvert _________ 1987-92 Melinda Fischer ______ 1980-82 Joy Jackson _________ 1993-95 Meg Seng ___________ 1984-85 bill kennedy ______1986-pres. Laurie Fuglestad _______ 1980 Mary Ivy ______________ 1983 Libby West ____________ 1982 Tina kramos ______2001-pres. Jane Fulton _________ 1992-94 Ronnie Marmitt _____ 1999-2000 * Volunteer assistant coaches not included Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N27 27 1/29/2008 10:07:33 AM
  • ISU redbirds cENTrAL FLOrIdA ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL CENTRAL FLORIDA TOuRNAMENT • ORLANDO, FLA. • CENTRAL FLORIDA (hOST) opponenT info TOUrNAmENT Friday, Feb. 8 Series Records Media Relations ISU vs. Central Arkansas_______ 10:30 a.m. ISU vs. Central Arkansas____ First Meeting Tournament SID: Sarah Tarasewicz ISU vs. Central Florida ____________3 p.m. ISU vs. Central Florida _____ First Meeting sarah@athletics.ucf.edu Saturday, Feb. 9 ISU vs. Kansas _____ Kansas leads, 13-12 P: 407/823.6489 | C: 407/462.3214 ISU vs. Kansas _______________ 8:30 a.m. ISU vs. NC State __________ First Meeting F: 407/823.5293 ISU vs. North Carolina State ____ 12:30 p.m. Web site: ucfathletics.com Sunday, Feb. 10 Bracket Play SchUTT SPOrTS SChuTT SPORTS INvITATIONAL • MIAMI, FLA. • FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (hOST) INvITATIONAL Friday, Feb. 15 Series Records Media Relations ISU vs. Providence _______________2 p.m. ISU vs. Providence ________ First Meeting Tournament SID: Ivan Irizarry ISU at Florida International _________7 p.m. ISU vs. Florida International ___ FIU leads, 5-2 iiriz001@fiu.edu Saturday, Feb. 16 ISU vs. Georgia _______ Georgia leads, 2-1 P: 304/348.6666 | C: 787/248.3061 ISU vs. Georgia ______________ 11:30 a.m. ISU vs. Ohio State ________ ISU leads, 4-3 F: 304/348.2963 ISU vs. Ohio State ________________2 p.m. Web site: fiusports.com Sunday, Feb. 17 ISU at Florida International _____ 10:30 a.m. LITTLEwOOd LITTLEWOOD CLASSIC • TEMPE, ARIz. • ARIzONA STATE (hOST) cLASSIc Friday, Feb. 22 Series Records Media Relations ISU vs. Radford __________________ 2 p.m ISU vs. Radford ___________ First Meeting Tourmanent SID: Kerry Howe ISU at Arizona State ___________ 8:30 p.m. ISU vs. Arizona State_____ ASU leads, 24-1 kerry.howe@asu.edu Saturday, Feb. 23 ISU vs. Iowa __________Iowa leads, 29-16 P: 480/965.9544 | C: 480/254.8345 ISU vs. Iowa ____________________2 p.m. ISU vs. Miami ___________ ISU leads, 4-0 F: 480/965.5408 ISU vs. Miami (Ohio) ___________ 8:30 p.m. ISU vs. Buffalo ___________ ISU leads, 1-0 Web site: thesundevils.com Sunday, Feb. 24 ISU vs. Buffalo ____________________noon NFcA LEAdOFF NFCA LEADOFF CLASSIC • COLuMbuS, GA. • NFCA (hOST) cLASSIc Friday, Feb. 29 Series Records Media Relations ISU vs. Winthrop ________________10 a.m. ISU vs. Winthrop __________ First Meeting Tournament SID: Amy Symons Hughes ISU vs. UNC-Charlotte _________ 5:30 p.m. ISU vs. UNC-Charlotte _____ First Meeting amy@nfca.org Saturday, March 1 ISU vs. Tennessee___ Tennessee leads, 1-0 P: 662/320.2155 | C: 310/709.9671 ISU vs. Tennessee________________3 p.m. ISU vs. Hofstra ___________ First Meeting F: 662/320.2283 ISU vs. Hofstra _______________ 5:30 p.m. ISU vs. North Carolina _____ ISU leads, 2-1 Web site: NFCA.org Sunday, March 2 ISU vs. North Carolina _____________9 a.m. ISU FAST FAcT ILLINOIS STATE hAS A 524-300-3 (.634) ALL-TIME RECORD AGAINST ITS 2008 OPPONENTS. BrAdLEy bradley braves April 12 (Dh) & 13 - Peoria, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Buddy Foster Series: ISU leads, 45-15 Softball Contact: Bryan Moore Bradley Record: 51-46 (Two Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 8-1 (4.9.07) bwmoore@bumail.bradley.edu Career Record: Same 2006-07 Record: 26-23 P: 309/677.3788 | C: 309/657.6098 Facility: Laura Bradley Park (500) MVC Record/Finish: 8-16/7th F: 309/677.2626 Press Box: 309/673.8679 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: bubraves.com crEIghTON Creighton bluejays March 15 (Dh) & 16 - Normal, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Brent Vigness Series: ISU leads, 29-24 Softball Contact: Rob Simms Creighton Record: 438-319-2 (14 Seasons) Last Meeting: Tie, 1-1 (4.22.07) rsimms@creighton.edu Career Record: 586-390-3 (19 Seasons) 2007 Record: 40-14-1 P: 402/280.2433 | C: 402/660.5853 Facility: Creighton Sports Complex (1,000) MVC Record/Finish: 19-4-1/1st F: 402/280.2495 Press Box: 402/660.5853 2007 Postseason: NCAA Regional Web site: gocreighton.com dePAUL DePaul blue Demons March 25 - Chicago Media Relations Head Coach: Eugene Lenti Series: ISU leads, 14-12-1 Softball Contact: Alicia Powers DePaul Record: 932-462-6 (26 Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 4-3 (3.21.07) apowers1@depaul.edu Career Record: Same 2007 Record: 47-13 P: 773/325.4740 • F: 773/325.7531 Facility: Cacciatore Stadium (1,000) BIG EAST Record/Finish: 20-0/1st C: 815/325.2659 Press Box: TBA 2007 Postseason: WCWS Web site: depaulbluedemons.com drAKE Drake bulldogs April 26 (Dh) & 27 - Normal, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Rich Calvert Series: ISU leads, 47-16 Softball Contact: Anthony Reynolds Drake Record: 121-142 (Five Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 5-4 (4.15.07) anthony.reynolds@drake.edu Career Record: Same 2007 Record: 16-36 P: 515/271.3740 | C: 515/208.8295 Facility: Buel Field (500) MVC Record/Finish: 6-17/9th F: 515/271.3015 Press Box: (312) 413-571 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: godrakebulldogs.com  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N28 28 1/29/2008 10:07:36 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU opponenT info EvANSvILLE Evansville Purple Aces April 5 (Dh) & 6 - Normal, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Gwen Lewis Series: ISU leads, 22-15 Softball Contact: Shanna Alexander Evansville Record: 467-402-1 (16 Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 7-4 (3.25.07) sa54@evansville.com Career Record: Same 2007 Record: 33-20 P: 812/488.2350 | C: 618/562.2327 Facility: James & Dorothy Cooper Stadium (600) MVC Record/Finish: 12-14/5th F: 812/488.2090 Press Box Phone: 812/488.2633 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: gopurpleaces.com ILLINOIS Illinois Fighting Illini March 18 - Normal, Ill. | April 16 - Champaign, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Terri Sullivan Series: ISU leads, 5-4 Softball Contact: Leslie Wilhite Illinois Record: 258-184-2 (Eight Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 10-7 (4.17.07) lwilhite@uiuc.edu Career Record: Same 2007 Record: 30-25 P: 217/244.4982 | C: 859/338.5383 Facility: Eichelberger Field at Martin Stadium (1,500) Big Ten Record/Finish: 7-8/6th F: 217/333.5540 Press Box: 217/265.5396 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: fightingillini.com INdIANA STATE Indiana State Sycamores April 2 (Dh) - Terre haute, Ind. | April 23 - Normal, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Brenda Coldren Series: ILS leads, 58-11 Softball Contact: Katie Gaal Indiana State Record: 89-162 (Five Seasons) Last Meeting: INS, 8-7 (4.18.07) kgaal@mymail.indstate.edu Career Record: 180-246 (Nine Seasons) 2007 Record: 21-26 P: 812/237.4145 | C: 262/930.1769 Facility: Price Field (300) MVC Record/Finish: 6-16/8th F: 812/237.4157 Press Box: 812/237.9660 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: gosycamores.com IOwA Iowa hawkeyes April 9 - Iowa City, Iowa Media Relations Head Coach: Gayle Blevins Series: Iowa leads, 29-16 Softball Contact: Aaron Blau Iowa Record: 836-381-3 (20 Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 5-1 (2.17.07) aaron-blau@hawkeyesports.com Career Record: 1,136-0429-5 (28 Seasons) 2007 Record: 37-21 P: 319/335.9411 | C: 319/430.5103 Facility: Pearl Field (1,500) Big Ten Record/Finish: 10-7/4th F: 319/335.9417 Press Box: 319/335.9296 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: hawkeyesports.com mISSOUrI STATE Missouri State March 21 (DH) & 22 - Springfield, Mo. Media Relations Head Coach: Holly Hesse Series: ISU leads, 49-24 Softball Contact: Brent Milleson Missouri State Record: 501-479-2 (19 Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 1-0 (12) (5.6.07) milleson1@missouristate.edu Career Record: Same 2007 Record: 21-29 P: 417/836.5402 • C: 417/872.7772 Facility: Missouri State Softball Field (200) MVC Record/Finish: 10-14/6th F: 417/836.8382 Press Box: 417/872.7772 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: missouristatebears.com NOrThErN ILLINOIS Northern Illinois March 11 - Normal, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Lindsay Chouinard Series: ISU lead, 44-27-1 Softball Contact: Zach Peters Northern Illinois Record: First Season Last Meeting: ISU, 7-0 (5.2.06) zpeters@niu.edu Career Record: First Season 2007 Record: 22-28 P: 815/753.9572 | C: 815/751.0061 Facility: Mary M. Bell Field (600) MAC Record/Finish: 10-12/4th West Division F: 815/753.9540 Press Box: 815/751.0061 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: niuhuskies.com NOrThErN IOwA Northern Iowa Panthers May 3 (Dh) & 4 - Cedar Falls, Iowa Media Relations Head Coach: Ryan Jacobs Series: ISU leads, 52-13-1 Softball Contact: Laurie Wild Northern Iowa Record: First Season Last Meeting: ISU, 12-4 (3.17.07) lawild@uni.edu Career Record: First Season 2007 Record: 19-32 P: 319/273.3783 | C: 563/880.0868 Facility: Robinson-Dresser Sport Complex (250) MVC Record/Finish: 5-17/10th F: 319/273.3602 Press Box: 563/880.0868 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: unipanthers.com SOUThErN ILLINOIS Southern Illinois Salukis March 29 (Dh) & 30 - Carbondale, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Kerri Blaylock Series: ISU leads, 60-49 Softball Contact: Kyle Herm Southern Illinois Record: 315-132 (Eight seasons) Last Meeting: SIU, 3-0 (5.11.07) kherm@siu.edu Career Record: Same 2007 Record: 41-16 P: 618/453.7236 | C: 269/377.4739 Facility: Charlotte West Stadium - Rochman Field (502) MVC Record/Finish: 17-7/3rd F: 618/453.2648 Press Box: 618/536.4487 2007 Postseason: NCAA Regional Web site: siusalukis.com wESTErN KENTUcKy Western kentucky hilltoppers March 8 (Dh) & 9 - bowling Green, ky. Media Relations Head Coach: Tyra Perry Series: ISU leads, 5-2 Softball Contact: John Brett Reynolds Western Kentucky Record: First Season Last Meeting: ISU, 6-0 (3.12.06) john.reynolds1@wku.edu Career Record: 121-161 (Six Seasons) 2007 Record: 30-32 P: 370/745.4928 | C: 270/847.0680 Facility: WKU Softball Field (350) Sun Belt Record/Finish: 11-13/6th F: 270/745.3444 Press Box: 270/745.1922 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: wkusports.com wIchITA STATE Wichita State Shockers April 19-20 - Normal, Ill. Media Relations Head Coach: Mike Perniciaro Series: ISU, 51-14 Softball Contact: Mike Ross Wichita State Record: 72-51 (Two Seasons) Last Meeting: ISU, 9-3 (4.1.07) mross@goshockers.com Career Record: 107-79 (Three Seasons) 2007 Record: 37-28 P: 316/978.5535 | C: 316/516.6268 Facility: Wilkins Stadium (1,000) MVC Record/Finish: 18-9/4th F: 316/978.3336 Press Box: 316/978.3543 2007 Postseason: N/A Web site: goshockers.com ISU FAST FAcT ISu LEADS ALL NINE OF ITS ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST MISSOuRI vALLEy CONFERENCE FOES Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N29 29 1/29/2008 10:07:39 AM
  • ISU redbirds OPPONENT _____ G Adelphi___________3 ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL W 1 L FIRST LAST 2 1988 1990 OPPONENT _____ G New Mexico State __4 W 2 L FIRST LAST 2 1984 1996 all-Time series records mELINdA FISchEr vErSUS Akron ____________1 1 0 1987 1987 Nicholls State______1 1 0 1990 1990 Alabama _________3 Angelo State ______2 0 1 3 1 2001 2003 1981 1982 North Carolina ____3 NC-Wilmington ____1 2 1 1 1989 2007 0 1991 1991 ALL OPPONENTS Arizona __________4 0 4 1990 1995 Northeastern Illinois__4 3 1 1997 1998 OPPONENT W L T OPPONENT W L T Arizona State ____ 25 1 24 1989 2007 Northern Colordao __1 1 0 1982 1982 Adelphi__________________ 1 2 0 Nebraska ________________14 4 0 Auburn ___________3 2 1 1999 2005 Northern Illinois __72^ 44 27 1978 2006 Akron ___________________ 1 0 0 Nebraska-Omaha _________ 0 1 0 Austin Peay State __4 4 0 1994 2006 Northern Iowa* ___66& 52 13 1984 2007 Alabama ________________ 0 3 0 New Mexico ______________ 2 1 0 Ball State ________ 11 10 1 1980 1999 NW Missouri State __2 2 0 1980 1982 Angelo State _____________ 1 1 0 New Mexico State _________ 2 2 0 Baylor ___________4 3 1 1984 2007 Northwestern _____ 28~ 11 16 1980 2007 Arizona _________________ 0 4 0 Nicholls State_____________ 1 0 0 Belmont __________4 4 0 2004 2007 Northwestern St. ___1 1 0 1999 1999 Arizona State ____________ 1 22 0 North Carolina ___________ 2 1 0 Boston ___________1 1 0 2006 2006 Notre Dame _______7 6 1 1993 2007 Auburn __________________ 1 1 0 N.C.-Wilmington __________ 1 0 0 Boston College ____3 3 0 1986 2005 Oakland __________2 2 0 2001 2001 Austin Peay State _________ 4 0 0 Northeast Illinois __________ 3 1 0 Bowling Green State 6 4 2 1983 2003 Ohio _____________3 2 1 1986 2003 Ball State ________________ 7 1 0 NE Louisiana _____________ 3 0 0 bradley* ________ 60 45 15 1983 2007 Ohio State _______7 _ 4 3 1978 1995 Baylor __________________ 3 1 0 Northern Colorado _________ 1 1 0 Buffalo ___________1 1 0 2006 2006 Oklahoma _______ 13 1 12 1979 2007 Belmont _________________ 4 0 0 Northern Illinois __________57 31 0 Brigham Young ____1 0 1 2006 2006 Oklahoma City _____6 2 4 1985 1990 Boston __________________ 1 0 0 Northern Iowa* ___________50 12 1 California _________4 0 4 1996 2006 Oklahoma State ___ 14 4 10 1978 2002 Boston College ___________ 4 0 0 NW Missouri State _________ 2 0 0 California-Los Angeles 3 2 1 1993 2007 Oregon___________3 0 3 1994 1999 Bowling Green St. _________ 3 2 0 Northwestern _____________11 16 0 California-Riverside _1 1 0 2007 2007 Oregon State ______1 0 1 1978 1978 bradley* ________________41 14 0 Notre Dame ______________ 3 4 0 Cal Poly __________1 0 1 2000 2000 Pacific ___________1 1 0 2005 2005 Buffalo __________________ 1 0 0 Oakland _________________ 2 0 0 Cal Poly-Pomona___4 2 2 1990 1993 Penn State ________2 2 0 1990 1991 BYU ____________________ 0 1 0 Ohio ____________________ 2 1 0 Cal State-Fullerton__6 0 6 1991 2005 Pittsburg State _____1 1 0 1981 1981 California ________________ 1 3 0 Ohio State ______________ 4 _ 2 0 Cal State-Northridge_1 0 1 1995 1995 Princeton _________1 0 1 1995 1995 UC-Santa Barbara _________ 1 1 0 Oklahoma _______________ 2 12 0 Centenary ________4 4 0 1993 1996 Purdue ___________2 2 0 1978 1996 Cal Poly _________________ 1 3 0 Oklahoma City ____________ 1 4 0 Central Michigan ___6 3 3 1982 1988 Rhode Island ______2 2 0 1986 1986 Cal-Riverside _____________ 1 0 0 Oklahoma State ___________ 3 10 0 Coastal Carolina ___2 2 0 2006 2007 Rutgers __________1 1 0 1981 1981 Cal State-Fullerton_________ 0 5 0 Ole Miss_________________ 1 0 0 Colorado State_____6 4 2 1985 1996 Saint Louis ________3 3 0 1981 1984 Cal State-Northridge _______ 0 1 0 Oregon__________________ 0 2 0 Creighton* ______ 54! 29 24 1981 2007 Samford __________5 5 0 1994 2001 Cal State-Long Beach ______ 0 1 0 Oregon State _____________ 0 1 0 Dayton ___________3 2 1 2000 2000 Sam Houston St. __ 10 8 2 1988 1998 Centenary _______________ 4 0 0 Pacific __________________ 1 0 0 DePaul _________27@ 14 12 1986 2007 San Diego State ___1 1 0 1996 1996 Central Michigan __________ 4 2 0 Penn State _______________ 2 0 0 Drake* __________ 63 47 16 1984 2007 San Jose State ____1 0 1 1999 1999 Central Missouri___________ 1 0 0 Pittsburg State ____________ 1 0 0 Eastern Illinois ____ 54 39 15 1978 2006 Santa Clara _______3 3 0 1988 1999 Chicago State ____________ 3 0 0 Princeton ________________ 0 1 0 Eastern Michigan ___4 0 4 1984 1991 South Carolina ____ 10 5 5 1983 2001 Coastal Carolina __________ 2 0 0 Purdue __________________ 3 1 0 Evansville* ______ 37 22 15 1984 2007 South Florida ______3 2 1 1989 2005 Colorado State____________ 4 1 0 Quincy __________________ 1 0 0 Florida ___________2 2 0 2007 2007 SE Missouri St. ____4 3 1 1997 2007 Creighton* ______________28 22 1 Rhode Island _____________ 2 0 0 Florida A&M _______4 4 0 1990 2004 Southern Illinois* _109 60 49 1964 2007 Dayton __________________ 2 1 0 Rockford Comets __________ 2 0 0 Florida International _7 2 5 2002 2007 Southern Miss _____1 1 0 2005 2005 DePaul _________________14 12 1 Rutgers _________________ 1 0 0 Fresno State ______4 1 3 1992 2000 SW Texas State ____4 1 3 1990 2000 Drake* __________________45 15 0 Saint Francis _____________ 1 0 0 Furman __________1 1 0 1989 1989 St. Francis ________2 2 0 1986 1987 Eastern Arizona __________ 1 0 0 Saint Louis _______________ 3 0 0 Georgia __________3 1 2 2002 2007 Stanford __________1 0 1 1999 1999 Eastern Illinois ____________45 15 0 Samford _________________ 5 0 0 Georgia State _____2 2 0 1989 1990 Stephen F. Austin___2 1 1 1979 1987 Eastern Michigan __________ 0 4 0 Sam Houston State ________ 8 2 0 Grand Valley State__1 1 0 1978 1978 Stetson __________1 1 0 1991 1991 Evansville* ______________22 16 0 San Diego State __________ 1 0 0 Green Bay ________5 5 0 1993 1996 Syracuse _________1 1 0 2001 2001 Florida __________________ 1 0 0 Santa Clara ______________ 1 0 0 Florida A&M ______________ 4 0 0 South Carolina ____________ 5 5 0 Florida International ______ 2 5 0 South Florida _____________ 1 2 0 ISU FAST FAcT ISu hAS LEADS IN 102 OF ITS 156 (65.3%) ALL-TIME SERIES Florida State _____________ 1 6 0 SE Missouri State _________ 3 1 0 Fresno State _____________ 1 3 0 Southern Illinois* _________52 43 0 Furman _________________ 1 0 0 Southern Miss ____________ 1 0 0 Hawai’i ___________3 1 2 1993 1997 Temple ___________2 2 0 2006 2006 Georgia _________________ 1 2 0 SW Louisiana ____________ 1 5 0 Idaho State _______1 1 0 2007 2007 Tennessee _______1 0 1 2006 2006 Georgia State ____________ 2 0 0 SW Texas State ___________ 1 3 0 Illinois ___________9 5 4 2003 2007 Tennessee-Martin __1 1 0 2005 2005 Grand Valley State_________ 1 0 0 Stephen F. Austin__________ 1 1 0 Illinois Central ____ 12$ 8 3 1978 1983 Tennessee Tech____2 2 0 2001 2004 Greenville _______________ 2 0 0 Stetson _________________ 1 0 0 Illinois-Chicago ___ 11 6 5 1978 1995 Texas ____________2 0 2 2000 2000 Hawai’i __________________ 1 2 0 Syracuse ________________ 1 0 0 Indiana __________ 37 19 18 1978 1999 Texas A&M_______ 29 7 22 1981 2002 Idaho State ______________ 1 0 0 Tarkio ___________________ 0 1 0 Indiana State* ____ 69 58 11 1980 2007 Texas-Arlington ____5 3 2 1980 1992 Illinois __________________ 5 4 0 Temple __________________ 2 0 0 Iowa ___________ 45 _ 16 29 1981 2007 Texas-El Paso _____4 4 0 1981 1982 Illinois Central ____________11 3 1 Tennessee-Martin _________ 1 0 0 Iowa State _______ 12 6 6 1982 1999 Texas-San Antonio__1 1 0 1993 1993 Illinois-Chicago ___________ 8 5 0 Tennessee Tech___________ 2 0 0 IUPUI ____________1 1 0 2007 2007 Texas Tech________6 4 2 1981 2000 Indiana __________________28 10 0 Tennessee ______________ 0 1 0 kansas _________ 25 12 13 1978 2004 Texas Wesleyan ___1 1 0 1982 1982 Indiana State* ____________60 11 0 Texas ___________________ 0 2 0 Kansas State ______2 1 1 1982 1986 Toledo ___________3 3 0 1987 2006 Iowa ___________________14 _ 27 0 Texas A&M_______________ 7 21 0 Kent State ________5 4 1 1981 2002 Tulsa ___________ 10 7 3 1993 1999 Iowa State _______________ 6 5 0 Texas-Arlington ___________ 2 2 0 Kentucky _________6 5 1 2002 2005 U.S. International ___1 0 1 1987 1987 IUPUI ___________________ 1 0 0 Texas-San Antonio_________ 1 0 0 Lehigh ___________1 1 0 2007 2007 Utah _____________4 2 2 1991 1995 kansas _________________11 12 0 Texas Tech_______________ 4 2 0 Long Island _______1 1 0 2005 2005 Utah State ________8 5 3 1985 2004 Kansas State _____________ 1 1 0 Texas Wesleyan __________ 1 0 0 Lousiana-Lafayette _7 1 6 1993 1999 Valparaiso ________2 2 0 1995 1995 Kearney State ____________ 1 0 0 Texas Women’s ___________ 2 0 0 Louisiana-Monroe __3 3 0 1986 1992 Virginia___________2 2 0 1991 1994 Kentucky ________________ 5 1 0 Toledo __________________ 3 0 0 Louisiana State ____1 1 0 1980 1980 Virginia Tech ______1 0 1 2007 2007 Kent State _______________ 4 1 0 Tulsa ___________________ 6 3 0 Louisiana Tech_____8 6 2 1982 1992 Washington _______2 1 1 1997 1999 Lehigh __________________ 1 0 0 UCLA ___________________ 2 1 0 Louisville _________4 3 1 2003 2007 Western Illinois ___ 61 39 22 1978 2007 Long Beach State _________ 0 3 0 UNLV ___________________ 1 4 0 Loyola-Chiago _____7 5 2 1997 2007 Western kentucky _8 _ 5 2 2001 2006 Long Island ______________ 1 0 0 U.S. International __________ 0 1 0 Maine ____________1 1 0 1989 1989 Western Michigan _ 12 8 4 1978 2000 Louisiana-Monroe __________ 1 0 0 Utah ____________________ 2 2 0 Marshall __________2 1 1 2001 2001 Wichita State* ___ 65 _ 51 14 1982 2007 Louisiana State ___________ 1 0 0 Utah State _______________ 5 3 0 Massachusetts_____3 3 0 1997 2006 Wisconsin ________5 3 2 1996 2004 Louisiana Tech____________ 6 2 0 Valparaiso _______________ 2 0 0 McNeese State ____4 3 1 1988 1997 Wright State _______1 1 0 2005 2005 Louisville ________________ 3 1 0 Virginia__________________ 2 0 0 Miami (Ohio) ______4 4 0 1981 1995 Wyoming _________1 1 0 1981 1981 Loyola-Chicago ___________ 5 2 0 Virginia Tech _____________ 0 1 0 Michigan _________4 2 2 1979 1998 Youngstown State __1 1 0 1980 1980 Maine ___________________ 1 0 0 Washington ______________ 0 1 0 Michigan State _____8 3 5 1978 2002 Marshall _________________ 1 1 0 Western Arizona __________ 1 0 0 Middle Tennessee __1 1 0 2000 2000 NOTES Massachusetts __________ 3 0 0 Western Illinois ___________47 29 0 Minnesota ________8 4 4 1978 2004 bold indicates 2008 opponent McNeese State ___________ 3 1 0 Western kentucky ________ 6 2 0 Mississippi ________2 1 1 2000 2005 * Missouri Valley Conference Opponent Miami (Ohio) _____________ 4 0 0 Western Michigan _________ 7 4 0 Mississippi State ___1 1 0 1983 1983 ! = 1-1 tie against Creighton in 2007 Michigan ________________ 2 1 0 West Texas State __________ 4 0 0 Missouri _________ 20 7 13 1981 2000 @ = 2-2 five-inning tie against DePaul in 2004 Michigan State ____________ 4 5 0 Wichita State* ___________49 _ 13 0 Missouri State* __ 73 _ 49 24 1979 2007 $ = 3-3 tie against Illinois Central in 1980 Middle Tennessee _________ 1 0 0 Wisconsin _______________ 0 3 0 Nebraska ________ 10 3 7 1985 2006 ^ = 2-2 tie against Northern Illinois in 1992 Minnesota _______________ 4 4 0 Wisconsin-Green Bay ______ 5 0 0 Nebraska-Kearney__1 1 0 1980 1980 & = 4-4 tie against Northern Iowa in 1992 Mississippi _______________ 0 1 0 Wright State ______________ 1 0 0 Nebraska-Omaha __1 0 1 1978 1978 ~ = 3-3 tie against Northwestern in 1982 Mississippi State __________ 1 0 0 Wyoming ________________ 1 0 0 Nevada-Las Vegas _4 0 4 1991 1995 Missouri ________________ 7 12 0 Youngstown State _________ 1 0 0 New Mexico _______4 2 2 1980 1993 Missouri State* __________50 _ 25 0 0 2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N30 30 1/29/2008 10:07:40 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU 2007 season noTes TAKINg dOwN ThE BIg dOgS ISU boasted an impressive 9-7 record against top-25 clubs in 2007, including a record-setting day March 2, 2007, when the Redbirds picked up victories over then-No. 17 Florida (1-0) and then-No. 12 UCLA (2-1) March 2, the first time in program history that ISU had defeated ranked foes on the same day. Illinois State made considerable noise of its own in the national rankings, as the ‘Birds spent 11 weeks as a nationally-ranked team, and reached as high as No. 17 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 Poll. 40-40 cLUB Several ISU players have reached either 40 hits, 40 runs or 40 RBI in a single-season. But reaching two of those feats in the same season is AN OFFENSIvE jUggErNAUT quite unique. Prior to the 2007 season, only 11 ISU softball players had While 2007 may have been the year of the pig in the Chinese calendar, for the achieved a combination of 40 hits, 40 runs or 40 RBI in a single season. Illinois State softball team, it marked something much different and more tangible: the In 2007, four more Redbirds added their name to this list, as kara Nelson year of the home run. The Redbirds’ 83 homers not only set a school record, easily accomplished it with runs (57) and hits (83), while Amber Smith (59, 40), eclipsing the previous mark of 51 set in 2006, but the number also set a Missouri jessie buker (59, 40) and kelsey Warning (51, 53) each achieved the Valley Conference mark, as it surpassed the 67 home runs hit by Southern Illinois in feat with total hits and RBI. 2005. ISU’s 1.34 home runs per game ranked sixth in the nation, its highest statistical jESSIE bukER ranking among all NCAA Division I schools. FIvE WITh 50 MAkE hISTORy For the first time in Redbird Softball history, five ISU players surpassed SImPLy PhENOmENAL the 50-hit plateau in a single season. kara Nelson, Amber Smith, Illinois State’s kara Nelson produced one of the greatest offensive seasons in jessie buker, Tiffany Prager and kelsey Warning each pounded 50 or Missouri Valley Conference history in 2007, as the then-freshman won the Valley more hits in 2007 to create the largest group to ever achieve the feat. Player of the Year award - the first time the award had ever been given to a freshman - with a league-best .415 batting average, 90 hits and 59 runs scored. Nelson’s batting average was the best-ever by a Redbird freshman and ranked 27th in the nation. SIx NcAA APPEArANcES EvANSTON, ILL., rEgIONAL NOTES Illinois State made its sixth trip in program history to the NCAA SmITh, NELSON EArN ALL-AmErIcA STATUS Tournament in 2007 ... The Redbirds received The Valley’s automatic kara Nelson added to her already prodigious awards collection with a pair of all- berth in 1988, 1995, 2000 and 2001 after winning the State Farm America honors in 2007, as she was MVC Championship title each year ... Illinois State finished 2-2 at the tabbed as an Easton First-Team All- Evanston, Ill., regional, after twice losing to Northwestern (5-2, 4-1) and American, while also earning Louisville taking multiple victories over Notre Dame (2-1, 3-1) ... The Redbirds’ Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America all-time NCAA Tournament records now stands at 9-12 (.429) ... Much Second-Team plaudits. In the Redbirds’ as she did all season, kara Nelson led ISU offensivelly at the NCAA 18 games against NCAA Tournament Regional, as she posted a .500 batting average with seven hits, two participants, Nelson batted .500 (29-for- runs scored and a .571 slugging percentage ... While not usually known 58), with a .655 slugging percentage. for her power-hitting prowess, shortstop kaprice Williams hit the NIChOLSON NELSON Redbirds’ lone home run of the NCAA Regional in ISU’s 3-1 over Notre Shannon Nicholson joined Nelson Dame May 19 ... The Redbirds hit just .206 as a team, compared to the among Illinois State’s 16 all-Americans when she was honored as an Easton .246 batting average that their NCAA Regional opponents put up ... The Second-Team All-American following a courageous season that saw her battle back ISU pitching staff was once again stellar, as the duo of Stacy birk and from a near career-ending tear to her right Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) midway Shannon Nicholson had a combined 1.88 ERA over the team’s four through the season and go on to notch a team-best 21-8 record in the circle with a games, giving up just seven earned runs total. 1.53 earned-run average (ERA). NCAA RANkINGS 2007 INdIvIdUAL hONOrS 2007 by-ThE-NuMbERS TEAm rANKINgS RECORD _______________________ 44-17-1 ALL-AmErIcA TEAmS ALL-mvc TOUrNAmENT Home Runs per game _____ 1.34 _______6th MVC RECORD ___________________ 18-7-1 Kara Nelson __________ First Team Stacy Birk ______________ Pitcher Slugging Percentage ______ .510 _______7th NON-CONF. RECORD ______________ 26-10 Shannon Nicholson ___Second Team Kaprice Williams _______ Shortstop W/L Percentage __________ .718 ______25th HOME RECORD ____________________ 15-4 Scoring (runs per game) ___ 5.31 ______30th ALL-grEAT LAKES rEgION TEAm mvc PLAyEr OF ThE wEEK ROAD RECORD __________________ 11-8-1 Batting Average __________ .297 ______39th Kara Nelson __________ First Team Shannon Nicholson ______ March 5 Earned-Run Average ______ 2.09 ______45th NEUTRAL RECORD _________________ 18-5 Stacy Birk ____________ March 12 Shannon Nicholson _____ First Team Fielding Percentage_______ .966 _____ 52nd VS. RANKED TEAMS _________________ 9-7 Amber Smith _______ Second Team Jessie Buker ____ March 19; May 7 Amber Smith ____________ April 16 INdIvIdUAL rANKINgS NFCA FINAL RANKING________________ 26 mvc PLAyEr OF ThE yEAr Sacrifice Hits USA SOFTBALL FINAL RANKING __________ 28 Kara Nelson _______Third Baseman mvc SchOLAr-AThLETE TEAm Tiffany Prager ___________ 0.42 _______7th Stacy Birk ___________ First Team ALL-mvc Tiffany Prager ________ First Team batting Average Stacy Birk ___________ First Team Shannon Nicholson ____ First Team Kara Nelson _____________ .415 ______27th Jessie Buker _________ First Team Kara Nelson __________ First Team RbI (per game) Shannon Nicholson ____ First Team Kelsey Warning __________ 0.90 ______39th Kelsey Warning _______ First Team Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N31 31 1/29/2008 10:07:47 AM
  • ISU redbirds GAME DATE ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL OPPOSING TEAM SCORE R-h-E R-h-E INNS OvERALL vALLEy PITChER OF RECORD 2007 resulTs ATTEND TIME # 2.9.07 vs. (16) Oklahoma 1-3 L 1-4-1 3-5-0 7 0-1-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (L 0-1) 133 1:29 # 2.9.07 at Fla. International W 10-3 10-16-2 3-8-1 7 1-1-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 1-0) 221 1:59 # 2.10.07 vs. (20) Illinois W 5-2 5-10-1 2-6-1 7 2-1-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 2-0) 179 2:00 # 2.10.07 vs. Louisville W 6-1 6-9-3 1-5-1 7 3-1-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 3-0) 181 1:54 # 2.11.07 vs. (16) Oklahoma 2-4 L 2-9-1 4-6-0 7 3-2-0 0-0-0 BIRK (L 3-1) 207 1:45 % 2.16.07 vs. Idaho State W 13-0 13-9-0 0-2-2 5 4-2-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 4-1) 211 1:33 % 2.16.07 at (2) Arizona State 1-10 L 1-2-3 10-8-1 5 4-3-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (L 0-2) 369 1:54 % 2.17.07 vs. UC-Riverside W 5-0 5-8-1 0-3-1 7 5-3-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 5-1) 258 1:41 % 2.17.07 vs. Iowa W 5-1 5-8-2 1-7-1 7 6-3-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 1-2) 399 2:02 % 2.18.07 vs. North Carolina W 11-4 11-15-1 4-7-0 7 7-3-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 2-2) 473 2:14 ^ 2.23.07 vs. Coastal Carolina W 5-4 5-10-0 4-6-0 7 8-3-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 3-2) 2136 2:09 ^ 2.23.07 vs. (18) Georgia W 3-0 3-8-0 0-3-0 7 9-3-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 4-2) 2136 1:34 ^ 2.24.07 vs. Lehigh W 10-2 10-11-2 2-5-0 6 10-3-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 5-2) 2563 2:07 ^ 2.24.07 vs. Virginia Tech 1-3 L 1-2-2 3-8-0 7 10-4-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (L 5-3) 2563 1:55 ^ 2.25.07 vs. (16) Baylor W 4-1 4-6-0 1-5-1 7 11-4-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 6-3) 0 1:50 ~ 3.2.07 vs. (17) Florida W 1-0 1-5-1 0-1-1 7 12-4-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 7-3) 305 1:45 ~ 3.2.07 at (12) UCLA W 2-1 2-4-1 1-5-1 7 13-4-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 6-1) 305 1:41 ~ 3.3.07 vs. Long Beach State 4-5 L 4-9-2 5-8-0 7 13-5-0 0-0-0 BIRK (L 6-2) 704 1:56 ~ 3.4.07 vs. Florida W 1-0 1-7-0 0-7-0 7 14-5-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 8-3) 0 1:40 ~ 3.4.07 vs. Long Beach State W 8-5 8-9-2 5-13-1 7 15-5-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 9-3) 0 2:14 & 3.10.07 vs. Bradley (18) W 8-0 8-7-0 0-4-1 5 16-5-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 10-3) 0 1:23 & 3.10.07 vs. IUPUI (18) W 11-0 11-10-1 0-2-1 5 17-5-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 7-2) 0 1:28 & 3.11.07 at Southeast Mo. State (18) W 7-0 7-10-2 0-3-0 7 18-5-0 0-0-0 NICHOLSON (W 11-3) 0 2:08 & 3.11.07 vs. Belmont (18) W 11-0 11-11-1 0-4-2 5 19-5-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 8-2) 0 1:28 3.14.07 LOYOLA (17) 0-3 L 0-3-0 3-5-0 7 19-6-0 0-0-0 BIRK (L 8-3) 194 1:23 3.14.07 LOYOLA (17) W 9-7 9-12-0 7-6-3 5 20-6-0 0-0-0 BIRK (W 9-3) 194 2:13 * 3.17.07 NORTHERN IOWA* (17) W 11-8 11-12-0 8-10-2 7 21-6-0 1-0-0 BIRK (W 10-3) 264 1:53 * 3.17.07 NORTHERN IOWA* (17) W 12-4 12-12-0 4-8-0 5 22-6-0 2-0-0 SMITH (W 1-0) 264 1:42 * 3.18.07 NORTHERN IOWA* (17) W 7-0 7-9-1 0-1-1 7 23-6-0 3-0-0 BIRK (W 11-3) 172 1:47 3.20.07 ILLINOIS (17) W 7-6 7-9-0 6-10-2 7 24-6-0 3-0-0 SMITH (W 2-0) 286 2:14 3.21.07 (18) DePAUL (17) W 4-3 4-6-0 3-6-0 7 25-6-0 3-0-0 SMITH (W 3-0) 142 1:38 * 3.24.07 at Evansville* (17) W 7-1 7-11-0 1-8-1 7 26-6-0 4-0-0 BIRK (W 12-3) - 1:59 * 3.24.07 at Evansville* (17) 3-4 L 3-8-2 4-6-4 7 26-7-0 4-1-0 SMITH (L 3-1) 253 2:00 * 3.25.07 at Evansville* (17) W 7-4 7-8-1 4-8-2 7 27-7-0 5-1-0 BIRK (W 13-3) 187 1:50 * 3.28.07 INDIANA STATE* (17) W 8-0 8-9-0 0-2-2 5 28-7-0 6-1-0 BIRK (W 14-3) 128 1:02 * 3.28.07 INDIANA STATE* (17) W 2-0 2-5-0 0-3-0 7 29-7-0 7-1-0 BIRK (W 15-3) 87 1:45 * 3.31.07 at Wichita State* (17) 1-5 L 1-5-1 5-10-1 7 29-8-0 7-2-0 BIRK (L 15-4) - 2:00 * 3.31.07 at Wichita State* (17) 3-4 L 3-7-0 4-13-2 (12) 29-9-0 7-3-0 NICHOLSON (L 11-4) 421 2:54 * 4.1.07 at Wichita State* (17) W 9-3 9-7-1 3-8-1 7 30-9-0 8-3-0 NICHOLSON (W 12-4) 279 1:57 * 4.9.07 BRADLEY* (t-19) W 3-2 3-4-0 2-8-0 7 31-9-0 9-3-0 NICHOLSON (W 13-4) - 1:34 * 4.9.07 BRADLEY* (t-19) W 8-1 8-7-1 1-1-1 7 32-9-0 10-3-0 BIRK (W 16-4) 97 1:36 4.10.07 at Western Illinois (19) W 6-1 6-11-1 1-4-1 7 33-9-0 10-3-0 BIRK (W 17-4) 110 1:34 * 4.14.07 at Drake* (19) W 11-4 11-16-0 4-10-1 7 34-9-0 11-3-0 BIRK (W 18-4) 157 1:50 * 4.14.07 at Drake* (19) W 3-2 3-4-3 2-3-0 7 35-9-0 12-3-0 NICHOLSON (W 14-4) 165 1:33 * 4.15.07 at Drake* (19) W 5-4 5-9-1 4-6-1 7 36-9-0 13-3-0 NICHOLSON (W 15-4) 147 1:51 4.17.07 at Illinois (18) W 10-7 10-11-1 7-10-1 7 37-9-0 13-3-0 NICHOLSON (W 16-4) 458 2:22 * 4.18.07 at Indiana State* (18) 7-8 L 7-12-2 8-12-1 (11) 37-10-0 13-4-0 BIRK (L 18-5) 58 2:45 * 4.21.07 at Creighton* (18) 3-5 L 3-8-0 5-10-1 7 37-11-0 13-5-0 NICHOLSON (L 16-5) - 1:41 * 4.21.07 at Creighton* (18) 6-8 L 6-9-2 8-11-1 7 37-12-0 13-6-0 BIRK (L 18-6) 231 2:02 * 4.22.07 at Creighton* (18) 1-1 T 1-2-1 1-0-0 6 37-12-1 13-6-1 None 130 1:01 * 4.28.07 (19) SOUTHERN ILLINOIS* (22) 2-4 L 2-5-4 4-6-1 7 37-13-1 13-7-1 BIRK (L 18-7) 429 1:36 * 4.28.07 (19) SOUTHERN ILLINOIS* (22) W 5-0 5-5-0 0-8-0 7 38-13-1 14-7-1 NICHOLSON (W 17-5) 429 1:35 * 4.29.07 (19) SOUTHERN ILLINOIS* (22) W 2-1 2-2-1 1-7-0 7 39-13-1 15-7-1 NICHOLSON (W 18-5) 0 1:21 5.1.07 at Eastern Illinois (22) 2-6 L 2-5-4 6-7-2 7 39-14-1 15-7-1 BIRK (L 18-8) 164 1:48 * 5.5.07 MISSOURI STATE* (22) W 10-1 10-11-0 1-5-1 5 40-14-1 16-7-1 NICHOLSON (W 19-5) - 1:35 * 5.5.07 MISSOURI STATE* (22) W 11-1 11-14-1 1-5-1 6 41-14-1 17-7-1 BIRK (W 19-8) 223 1:30 * 5.6.07 MISSOURI STATE* (22) W 1-0 1-6-2 0-10-1 (12) 42-14-1 18-7-1 NICHOLSON (W 20-5) 271 2:52 ? 5.11.07 (22) SOUTHERN ILLINOIS* (21) 0-3 L 0-6-1 3-8-0 7 42-15-1 18-7-1 NICHOLSON (L 20-6) 1042 1:45 $ 5.18.07 vs. Notre Dame (25) W 2-1 2-5-1 1-6-1 7 43-15-1 18-7-1 NICHOLSON (W 21-6) 0 1:29 $ 5.19.07 vs. (6) Northwestern (25) 2-5 L 2-6-2 5-9-1 7 43-16-1 18-7-1 NICHOLSON (L 21-7) 0 1:54 $ 5.19.07 vs. Notre Dame (25) W 3-1 3-6-0 1-4-1 7 44-16-1 18-7-1 BIRK (W 20-8) 653 1:26 $ 5.20.07 (6) NORTHWESTERN (25) 1-4 L 1-3-1 4-6-2 7 44-17-1 18-7-1 NICHOLSON (L 21-8) 474 2:00 Note: Numbers appearing before a team name indicate that team’s national ranking going into the game. A ranking after the team’s name indicates ISU’s ranking going into the game. Due to multiple polls, the highest ranking is listed. # Diamond Fun & Sun Classic (Miami) ~ Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (Los Angeles) $ NCAA Regional (Evanston, Ill.) ALL CAPS indicated home % Littlewood Classic (Tempe, Ariz.) & Southeast Missouri State Spring Classic (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) * Missouri Valley Conference game games at Redbird Softball ^ NFCA Leadoff Classic (Columbus, Ga.) ? State Farm MVC Championship Tournament (Normal, Ill.) ( ) Extra-inning game Complex  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N32 32 1/29/2008 10:07:47 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU 2007 overall sTaTisTics OvErALL STATISTIcS record: 44-17-1 home: 15-4 Away: 11-8-1 Neutral: 18-5 missouri valley conference: 18-7-1 OFFENSIvE STATISTIcS (Sorted by Batting Average) PLAyER AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb SLG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% NELSON, kara .415 61 61 217 59 90 14 4 3 21 121 .558 12 2 21 0 .448 1 3 3 3 46 112 9 .946 SMITh, Amber .328 62 62 183 38 60 9 0 15 41 114 .623 35 1 47 1 .436 1 0 1 1 436 30 6 .987 bukER, jessie .322 62 62 183 34 59 13 1 16 51 122 .667 14 4 38 0 .379 2 8 0 2 88 20 5 .956 PRAGER, Tiffany .304 62 62 194 36 59 16 0 2 24 81 .418 8 2 27 0 .338 0 26 1 2 134 132 7 .974 BIRK, Stacy .301 50 47 133 21 40 5 1 5 19 62 .466 19 1 34 0 .392 0 4 0 0 13 40 3 .946 hENDERSON, Michelle .293 32 20 58 8 17 2 0 6 18 37 .638 6 2 26 0 .379 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 WILLIAMS, kaprice .291 56 55 117 16 34 3 0 10 26 67 .573 5 0 37 0 .317 1 2 1 1 74 113 16 .921 WARNING, Kelsey .287 59 59 181 29 52 8 0 15 53 105 .580 16 2 40 0 .350 1 2 0 0 64 5 4 .945 GORRELL, Casey .253 62 62 170 18 43 10 0 6 32 71 .418 18 3 20 0 .332 2 3 0 1 319 37 1 .997 COLGAN, Christy .200 7 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200 2 0 2 0 .429 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 WILLIAMS, Jackie .188 62 62 149 32 28 5 2 5 19 52 .349 18 6 47 0 .301 0 6 6 6 52 7 5 .922 NICHOLSON, Shannon .125 11 10 24 1 3 0 0 0 3 3 .125 2 0 7 0 .192 0 1 0 0 9 67 7 .916 ThOENNES, katie .100 25 15 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100 2 0 4 0 .250 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 1.000 vACA, Diciembre .091 12 7 22 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 .091 3 0 6 0 .200 0 2 0 0 1 7 1 .889 WALKER, Bailey .000 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 TURNER, Chelsea .000 18 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1.000 kLOPF, vicki .000 15 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 ShIFFLET, Andrea .000 43 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .000 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Totals ________________.297 62 62 1648 329 489 85 8 83 308 839 .509 160 23 358 1 .365 8 61 13 19 1246 570 64 .966 Opponents ____________.249 62 62 1573 171 391 52 2 24 156 519 .330 126 29 288 1 .314 9 72 35 50 1207 441 56 .967 PITchINg STATISTIcS (Sorted by Earned-run Average) PLAyER ERA W L APP GS CG ShO CbO Sv IP h R ER bb SO 2b 3b hR Ab b/AvG WP hbP bk SFA ShA NICHOLSON, Shannon 1.53 21 8 37 28 13 5 3 0 187.0 182 61 41 42 110 23 0 4 725 .251 7 11 0 2 27 BIRK, Stacy 2.21 20 8 48 30 19 6 3 4 202.2 180 91 64 63 158 22 0 19 750 .240 11 17 1 5 39 SMITh, Amber 5.12 3 1 7 4 1 0 0 0 26.0 29 19 19 21 20 7 2 1 98 .296 1 1 0 2 6 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Totals ________________2.09 44 17 62 62 33 14 3 4 415.2 391 171 124 126 288 52 2 24 1573 .249 19 29 1 9 72 Opponents ____________4.89 17 44 62 62 27 2 1 2 402.1 489 329 281 160 358 85 8 83 1648 .297 32 23 1 8 61 bold indicates returning players BATTINg TEAm hIghS BATTINg INdIvIdUAL hIghS AddITIONAL STATISTIcS At-bats ___________ 44 ______ vs. Indiana State (4.18.07) At bats ________________ 6 ____________________4 games Runs scored ______ 13 ________ vs. Idaho State (2.16.07) Runs _________________ 4 _ Kara Nelson vs. N. Iowa (3.17.07) Left on Base Team (364) Opponents (391) Hits _____________ 16 _____________________2 games Hits __________________ 4 __ Kara Nelson vs. UNC (2.18.07) Double Plays Turned Team (14) Opponents (15) RBI______________ 11 _____________________5 games _ Kelsey Warning vs. Drake (4.14.07) _ Kara Nelson vs. Creighton (4.21.07) Intentional Walks Smith (4) Opponents (2) Doubles __________ 5 ______ vs. Western Illinois (4.10.07) Henderson (1) Doubles _______________ 2 ____________________4 games Triples ___________ 1 ______________________8 games Triples ________________ 1 ____________________8 games Picked Off Henderson (1) Home runs ________ 6 _____________ vs. Drake (4.14.07) Home runs _____________ 2 ___________________10 games Passed Balls Gorrell (9) Opponents (20) Total bases _______ 36 ____________ vs. Drake (4.14.07) Total bases ____________ 10 _ Kelsey Warning vs. Drake (4.14.07) Walks ____________ 7 ______________________2 games Pickoffs Gorrell (1) Opponents (1) ___ Jessie Buker vs. Mo. State (5.5.07) SBA-ATT Gorrell (35-49), Nicholson (15-23), Strikeouts_________ 14 _____________________3 games Walks _________________ 2 ___________________19 games Sacrifice hits ______ 3 ______________________4 games Birk (13-19), Smith (7-8) Strikeouts______________ 3 ____________________6 games Sacrifice flies ______ 1 ______________________8 games Sac hits _______________ 2 ____________________4 games Stolen bases ______ 1 _____________________13 games Sac flies _______________ 1 ____________________8 games Hit-by-pitch _______ 2 ______________________3 games Stolen bases ___________ 1 ___________________13 games Caught stealing ____ 1 ______________________6 games FIELdINg TEAm hIghS FIELdINg INdIvIdUAL hIghS Putouts __________ 36 _______vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) Putouts __________ 19 _ A. Smith vs. Wichita St. (3.31.07) Assists ___________ 20 _______vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) Assists ___________ 9 __ K. Williams vs. Mo. State (5.6.07) Errors ____________ 4 ______________________2 games Errors ____________ 3 __J. Williams vs. S. Illinois (4.28.07) Passed balls ______ 2 _____________ vs. Drake (4.14.07) Passed balls ______ 2 __Casey Gorrell vs. Drake (4.14.07) Double Plays turned__ 2 _______ vs. Indiana State (4.18.07) PITchINg TEAm hIghS PITchINg INdIvIdUAL hIghS Runs ____________ 10 ______ vs. Arizona State (2.16.07) Innings pitched ____ 12.0 __ S. Nicholson vs. Mo. St. (5.6.07) Earned runs _______ 8 _______vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) Runs ____________ 8 ___ Stacy Birk vs. N. Iowa (3.17.07) Walks ____________ 6 ______________________3 games Earned runs _______ 8 ___ Stacy Birk vs. N. Iowa (3.17.07) Strikeout: _________ 13 ____vs. Coastal Carolina (2.23.07) Walks ____________ 6 __ Amber Smith vs Loyola (3.14.07) FREShMAN PhENOM - Then-freshman third Hits _____________ 13 _____________________2 games Strikeouts_________ 10 ___ S. Birk vs. Coastal Car. (2.13.07) baseman Kara Nelson led the Redbirds in hitting in Wild pitches ______ 3 _____ vs. Northwestern (5.20.07) Hits _____________ 13 _ S. Nicholson vs. Wichita St. (3.31.07 Hit batters _______ 2 ____________________5 games Wild pitches _______ 2 ______________________3 games 2007 with a .415 batting average, the third-best single- Hit batters ________ 2 ______________________5 games season mark in school history. Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N33 33 1/29/2008 10:07:49 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE STATISTIcS 2007 valley sTaTisTics missouri valley conference record: 18-7-1 (second) OFFENSIvE STATISTIcS (Sorted by Batting Average) PLAyER AvG GP GS Ab R h 2b 3b hR RbI Tb SLG% bb hbP SO GDP Ob% SF Sh Sb ATT PO A E FLD% NELSON, kara .440 25 25 91 33 40 5 3 3 11 60 .659 5 2 5 0 .475 1 1 0 0 20 47 2 .971 vACA, Diciembre .333 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 0 0 1 0 .333 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 .667 SMITh, Amber .329 26 26 82 16 27 2 0 9 18 56 .683 13 0 22 1 .421 0 0 1 1 201 15 1 .995 BIRK, Stacy .311 26 26 74 12 23 5 0 3 9 37 .500 12 0 16 0 .407 0 0 0 0 3 22 0 1.000 WARNING, Kelsey .306 26 26 85 16 26 4 0 7 27 51 .600 5 0 19 0 .341 1 2 0 0 30 2 2 .941 bukER, jessie .301 26 26 83 20 25 4 0 12 30 65 .783 6 1 21 0 .352 1 4 0 0 44 8 3 .945 PRAGER, Tiffany .280 26 26 82 16 23 5 0 1 14 31 .378 4 2 7 0 .330 0 13 0 0 64 59 2 .984 hENDERSON, Michelle .261 13 8 23 1 6 1 0 1 5 10 .435 0 2 12 0 .320 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 GORRELL, Casey .231 26 26 78 6 18 6 0 1 14 27 .346 6 0 12 0 .279 2 0 0 1 123 13 0 1.000 WILLIAMS, kaprice .213 22 21 47 7 10 1 0 5 12 26 .553 4 0 16 0 .275 0 0 1 1 24 48 7 .911 ThOENNES, katie .125 11 7 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .125 1 0 3 0 .222 0 1 0 0 7 0 0 1.000 WILLIAMS, Jackie .103 26 26 68 11 7 1 0 1 2 11 .162 7 1 21 0 .197 0 2 0 0 25 4 3 .906 COLGAN, Christy .000 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 kLOPF, vicki .000 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 ShIFFLET, Andrea .000 16 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 TURNER, Chelsea .000 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Totals ________________.286 26 26 725 148 207 34 3 43 142 376 .519 63 8 156 1 .347 5 24 2 4 543 247 24 .971 Opponents ____________.260 26 26 688 75 179 26 1 12 72 243 .353 45 14 112 0 .317 4 36 13 18 532 191 26 .965 PITchINg STATISTIcS (Sorted by Earned-run Average) PLAyER ERA W L APP GS CG ShO CbO Sv IP h R ER bb SO 2b 3b hR Ab b/AvG WP hbP bk SFA ShA NICHOLSON, Shannon 1.46 8 2 13 10 7 2 1 0 76.2 78 23 16 12 43 10 0 1 297 .263 2 5 0 0 14 BIRK, Stacy 2.59 9 4 18 14 10 2 1 1 89.1 83 42 33 24 55 10 0 11 332 .250 1 8 0 3 18 SMITh, Amber 4.57 1 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 15.1 18 10 10 9 14 6 1 0 59 .305 1 1 0 1 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Totals ________________2.28 18 7 26 26 18 5 1 1 181.1 179 75 59 45 112 26 1 12 688 .260 4 14 0 4 36 Opponents ____________5.05 7 18 26 26 12 0 0 0 177.1 207 148 128 63 156 34 3 43 725 .286 17 8 0 5 24 bold indicates returning players 2007 FINAL mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE STANdINgS AddITIONAL STATISTIcS |---------MVC--------| |----------------------Overall--------------------| Team W L T Pct. W L T Pct. h A N Streak Left on Base Team (145) Opponents (168) Creighton 19 4 1 .812 40 14 1 .736 15-6-1 16-6 9-2 L1 Double Plays Turned Team (5) Opponents (6) Intentional Walks Smith (1) Opponents (2) Illinois State 18 7 1 .712 44 17 1 .718 15-3 11-8-1 18-6 L2 Picked Off Henderson (1) Southern Illinois 17 7 0 .708 41 16 0 .719 10-3 16-6 15-7 L1 Passed Balls Gorrell (5) Opponents (3) Wichita State 18 9 0 .667 37 28 0 .569 19-5 10-14 8-9 L1 Pickoffs Gorrell (0) Opponents (1) Evansville 12 13 0 .480 33 20 0 .623 10-8 13-10 10-2 L1 SBA-ATT Gorrell (13-17), Nicholson (7-9), Missouri State 10 14 0 .417 21 29 0 .420 8-12 7-10 6-7 L5 Birk (5-7), Smith (1-2) Bradley 8 15 0 .348 26 23 0 .531 17-8 5-13 4-2 W1 Indiana State 6 16 0 .273 21 27 0 .438 6-9 7-14 8-4 L1 Drake 6 17 0 .261 16 36 0 .308 4-7 4-20 8-9 W1 ALL-mvc hONOrS Northern Iowa 5 17 0 .227 19 32 0 .373 4-11 8-18 7-3 Player of the year: L1 Kara Nelson, Illinois State, Third Baseman mvc INdIvIdUAL LEAdEr - mvc TEAm LEAdEr - Pitcher of the year: All games All games Tara Oltman, Creighton batting Avg. __ kara Nelson, Illinois State ____ .415 _ batting Avg. _______ Illinois State ____________ .297 Newcomer of the year: _ Slugging Pct. _ jessie buker, Illinois State ____ .667 _ Slugging Pct. _______ Illinois State ____________ .509 Tara Oltman, Creighton On-base Pct. ___ Brittany Herald, Evansville _____ .511 On-base Pct. _______ Illinois State ____________ .365 _ Coaching Staff of the year: Runs ________ kara Nelson, Illinois State _____ 59 _ Runs ______________ Illinois state ____________ 329 hits _______________ Illinois State ____________ 489 Creighton (Brent Vigness [head coach], Jessica hits __________ kara Nelson, Illinois State _____ 90 RbI __________ kelsey Warning, Illinois State __ 53 RbI _______________ Illinois State ____________ 308 Draemel, Abby Johnson) home runs ____ jessie buker, Illinois State _____ 16* home runs _________ Illinois State _____________ 83 Total bases ___ jessie buker, Illinois State ____ 122 Total bases _________ Illinois State ____________ 839 ALL-mvc FIrST TEAm Walks ________ Amber Smith, Illinois State ____ 34 Walks ______________ Southern Illinois __________ 167 (ISU SELEcTIONS ONLy) ERA _________ Tara Oltman, Creighton ________ 1.23 ERA _______________ Creighton _______________ 1.76 Wins ______________ Illinois State _____________ 44 Amber Smith - First Base, So. Wins__________ Tara Oltman, Creighton _________ 26 Innings Pitched _ Darcy Wood, Indiana State ____ 248.2 Innings Pitched ______ Wichita State ___________ 451.0 Kara Nelson - Third Base, Fr. Strikeouts______ Ashley Birdsong, Bradley ______ 275 Strikeouts___________ Wichita State ____________ 487 Jessie Buker - Outfield, So. Opp. BA _______ Margo Pruis, Wichita State _____ .168 Opponents’ BA_______ Southern Illinois __________ .195 Kelsey Warning - Outfield, Sr. * Tied for first place Stacy Birk - At-Large, Sr. Shannon Nicholson - At-Large, Sr.  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N34 34 1/29/2008 10:07:50 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU redbird sofTball honor roll wOmEN’S cOLLEgE wOrLd SErIES - ___________ Debbie Mattes ____________ Outfield ____________Heather Stella __________ Third Base mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE mOST OUTSTANdINg cOAch ___________ Rachel Shipley ___________ Shortstop _________ Betsy Youngquist ____________ Outfield PLAyEr/PITchEr OF ThE wEEK 1969_________Carmen Imel 1989______ Robin Chapman ____________ Catcher 1996________ Angela Curry ____________ Catcher 20007___Shannon Nicholson ____________ March 5 _______________Dana Klug ____________ Outfield ______________Casi Cusac ________ Second Base _______________ Stacy Birk ___________ March 12 ____________Kim Riddering ____________ Outfield ____________ Dawn Fowler _____________ Pitcher _____________Jessie Buker ___________ March 19 wOmEN’S cOLLEgE wOrLd SErIES - 1988___________Dana Klug ____________ Outfield ________________Toni Rios ___________First Base _____________Amber Smith _____________April 16 ALL-TOUrNAmENT TEAm ____________Kim Riddering ____________ Outfield _________ Betsy Youngquist ____________ Outfield _____________Jessie Buker ______________ May 7 1969__________ Dot Melvin ______________ Infield __________ Lori Shoemaker _____________ Pitcher 1995_____ Shannon Bonner ____________ Outfield 2006_________Amber Smith ______________ May 8 ___________ Marilyn Mosier ____________ Outfield 1987__________ Kerri Donis ______________ Infield ______________ Nikki Davy __________ Third Base _______________ Stacy Birk _____________April 24 ____________ Karen Roppa _____________ Pitcher ____________ Lori McGinnis ____________ Catcher ________________Toni Rios ___________First Base _____________Amber Smith _____________April 10 ___________ Tudy Schmied ______________ Infield _________ Therese McGraw ____________ Outfield 1994_______ Priscilla Welch ___________First Base ______________ Stacy Birk* ____________ March 6 _______________ Lori Vogel _____________ Pitcher 1993________Selina Braden ________ Second Base 2005__________ Kate Stake ___________ March 21 NcAA ALL-rEgIONAL TOUrNAmENT TEAm 1986________ Lisa Golchert ____________ Outfield _______________ Kim Pace ____________ Catcher __________ Lauren Bierwirth ____________ March 7 2001_________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher _______Maxine McGlaughlin _____________ Pitcher _______ Shannon Nicholson ______________Feb. 7 _____________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield _______________ Lori Vogel ______________ Utility mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE __________ Lauren Bierwirth ______________Feb. 7 1985________ Lisa Golchert ____________ Outfield TOUrNAmENT mvP 2004___________ Stacy Birk _____________April 26 NScA ALL-mIdwEST rEgION FIrST TEAm _______Maxine McGlaughlin _____________ Pitcher 2002__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher _______________ Stacy Birk ___________ March 30 1993___________ Kim Pace ____________ Catcher 1984________ Lisa Golchert ____________ Outfield 2001______ Becky McMurtry __________ Third Base ____________Emily Krueger ___________ March 16 1991_________ Robin Smith ____ Pitcher/First Base _______Maxine McGlaughlin _____________ Pitcher 2000_________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher 2003__________ Audra Rast _____________April 14 _________ Therese McGraw ____________ Outfield 1995____________Toni Rios ___________First Base __________ Lauren Bierwirth ___________ March 31 NScA ALL-mIdwEST rEgION SEcONd TEAm ________________ Kris Rau ____________ Catcher ______________ Audra Rast ___________ March 31 1990_______ Debbie Mattes ____________ Outfield 1983________ Lisa Golchert ____ Designated Player mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE ______________Abbie Scott ___________ March 18 __________ Robin Chapman ____________ Catcher __________ Vickie Schaefer ___________ Shortstop ALL-TOUrNAmENT TEAm 2002__________ Audra Rast ______________April 8 _____________ Robin Smith ____ Pitcher/First Base __________ Lynn Thompson _____________ Pitcher 2007___________ Stacy Birk ______________ Pither ______________ Audra Rast ______________April 1 1989______ Robin Chapman ____________ Catcher __________Kaprice Williams ___________ Shortstop ______________ Audra Rast ___________ March 19 _______________Dana Klug ____________ Outfield mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE 2006___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher ____________Jamie Bagnall _____________Feb. 19 1988________ Brenda Gilles ________ Second Base ALL-cENTENNIAL TEAm ____________Tiffany Prager ________ Second Base 2001_________ Nicole Kurth ______________April 9 1987___________ Lori Vogel _____________ Pitcher 2007__________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher __________ Kelsey Warning ____________ Outfield _____________ Nicole Kurth ______________April 6 ______________ Kerri Donis ______________ Infield __________ Robin Chapman ____________ Catcher 2005_______ Mandy Garner ____ Designated Player _____________ Nicole Kurth ______________April 2 ____________Emily Krueger ___________First Base ______________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base __________ Becky McMurtry ______________April 2 NFcA rEgION cOAch OF ThE yEAr _____________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher 2004________Emily Krueger ___________First Base __________April Schermann _____________Feb. 20 1987______ Melinda Fischer ___________ District V ______________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher _____________Randi Patton ____________ Outfield _____________ Nicole Kurth _____________Feb. 20 _____________ Robin Smith ___________First Base 2003__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher 2000_________ Nicole Kurth ______________ May 1 NFcA ALL-grEAT LAKES rEgION FIrST TEAm ____________Heather Stella __________ Third Base 2002_________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield _____________ Nicole Kurth _____________April 24 2006_________Randi Patton ____________ Outfield _____________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield ____________ Shae Wesley ____________ Catcher __________ Becky McMurtry ___________ March 20 _____________Amber Smith ____ Designated Player ___________ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 2001________Jamie Bagnall ___________First Base ______________ Audra Rast ___________ March 13 2002_________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield ____________ Shae Wesley ____________ Catcher _____________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher _____________ Nicole Kurth _____________Feb. 28 2001______ Becky McMurtry __________ Third Base __________April Schermann ________ Second Base 1999___________ Jodi Kent _____________April 19 1999________Heather Stella __________ Third Base mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE 2000______ Becky McMurtry __________ Third Base ____________Heather Stella ___________ March 22 1998________Heather Stella __________ Third Base ALL-cENTENNIAL hEAd cOAch ____________Cathy Peverly ___________ Shortstop ____________Heather Stella ____________ March 8 1997_______ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 2007__________________________ Melinda Fischer __________April Schermann ________ Second Base 1998________Heather Stella _____________April 12 1996_______ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 1999______April Schermann ________ Second Base __________ Dawn Scheuber _____________Feb. 23 1995__________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE FIrST TEAm ____________Heather Stella __________ Third Base 1997_____ Betsy Youngquist ______________ May 5 ___________ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 2007___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher 1998_________ Angie Riccio ____________ Outfield ___________Lisa Walkowiak ___________ March 11 1994__________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher _____________Jessie Buker ______________ Utility 1997_______ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 1996________Heather Stella ___________ March 18 ___________ Priscilla Welch ___________First Base _____________ Kara Nelson __________ Third Base 1996_________Kerri Bartlow _____________ Pitcher 1995__________ Jodi Burch ______________ May 9 _______ Shannon Nicholson _____________ Pitcher ____________ Darcie Pidrak ____________ Outfield ______________ Jodi Burch ______________ May 2 NFcA ALL-grEAT LAKES rEgION __________ Kelsey Warning ____________ Outfield 1995__________ Nikki Davy __________ Third Base ______________ Jodi Burch _____________April 25 SEcONd TEAm 2006___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher _________ Jayme Jacobson _____________ Pitcher ______________ Jodi Burch _____________April 11 2006___________ Stacy Birk ______________ Utility ____________ Tricia Gaither __________ Third Base _________ Betsy Youngquist ____________ Outfield ______________ Jodi Burch ______________April 4 2005__________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base _____________Randi Patton ____________ Outfield 1994__________Nicole Rule ____________ Catcher ______________ Jodi Burch ___________ March 28 2004________Emily Krueger ___________First Base _____________Amber Smith ____ Designated Player 1993________Selina Braden ________ Second Base ___________Ronnie Marmitt ___________ March 28 2003__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher 2005_________Randi Patton ____________ Outfield ______________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher _________ Shannon Bonner ___________ March 21 2002__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher ______________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base _______________ Kim Pace ____________ Catcher 1994_______ Priscilla Welch ______________ May 9 2001_________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher 2004___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher ______________ Jodi Burch _____________April 12 __________April Schermann ________ Second Base _____________Emily Kruger ___________First Base mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE ______________ Jodi Burch ___________ March 22 1996_____ Betsy Youngquist ____________ Outfield ______________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base SchOLAr-AThLETE FIrST TEAm 1993__________ Jodi Burch _____________April 20 2003______ Lauren Bierwirth ____________ Outfield 2007___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher gATEwAy cONFErENcE cOAch OF ThE yEAr ______________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher _______ Shannon Nicholson _____________ Pitcher PrAIrIE FArmS/vALLEy 1987______ Melinda Fischer ______________Abbie Scott ____________ Outfield ____________Tiffany Prager ________ Second Base SchOLAr-AThLETE OF ThE wEEK 2002__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher 2006___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher 2007____Shannon Nicholson ____________ March 7 mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE ______________Abbie Scott ____________ Outfield 2005__________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base _______________ Stacy Birk ___________ March 14 cOAch OF ThE yEAr _____________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield 2004__________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base _______________ Stacy Birk ___________ Marcy 21 2006_________________________ Illinois State Staff ____________ Shae Wesley ____________ Catcher 2003_________ Corey Harris ____ Designated Player ____________Tiffany Prager ___________ march 28 2001__________________________ Melinda Fischer 2001_________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher ______________Abbie Scott ____________ Outfield _______ Shannon Nicholson ______________ May 2 1999__________________________ Melinda Fischer __________ Becky McMurtry __________ Third Base 2002__________Abbie Scott ______________ Infield _______ Shannon Nicholson _____________ May 10 1996__________________________ Melinda Fischer __________April Schermann ________ Second Base _____________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield 2006___________ Stacy Birk ______________ May 9 1995__________________________ Melinda Fischer _____________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield 2001______April Schermann ________ Second Base _______________ Stacy Birk ____________ March 9 2000_________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher ______________Abbie Scott ___________ Shortstop 2005__________ Kate Stake ___________ March 22 gATEwAy cONFErENcE ALL-dEcAdE TEAm 1999___________ Jodi Kent ____________ Catcher 2000________Cathy Peverly ___________ Shortstop 2003_________ Corey Harris ___________ March 19 1992___Maxine McGlaughlin _____________ Pitcher ___________Tammy Milligan _____________ Pitcher 1999________Heather Stella __________ Third Base ______________ Kate Stake ___________ March 26 ____________Heather Stella __________ Third Base 1998________Heather Stella __________ Third Base ____________Melissa Baker _____________April 22 gATEwAy cONFErENcE mvP 1998________Heather Stella __________ Third Base ____________ Bridget Taylor ___________First Base 2002__________Abbie Scott ___________ March 25 1991_________ Robin Smith ____ Pitcher/First Base 1997________ Angela Curry ____________ Catcher ___________Lisa Walkowiak ____________ Outfield 2000______April Schermann ___________ March 23 1984___Maxine McGlaughlin _____________ Pitcher ___________ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 1997________Heather Stella __________ Third Base 1996_________Kerri Bartlow _____________ Pitcher ___________Lisa Walkowiak ____________ Outfield ArThUr AShE, jr. SEcONd TEAm mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE mvP ___________Ronnie Marmitt ___________ Shortstop 1996________ Darcie Pidrak ____________ Outfield 2002_________ Cutie Taylor ____________ Outfield 2007_________ Kara Nelson __________ Third Base ___________ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield 1994________ Carmen Hulit ____________ Outfield 2003__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher 1995__________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher ____________Lynn Piscoran ___________ Shortstop ArThUr AShE, jr. ThIrd TEAm 2002__________ Audra Rast _____________ Pitcher ___________Ronnie Marmitt ___________ Shortstop 2005_______Jackie Williams ____________ Outfield 1999________Heather Stella __________ Third Base ___________ Priscilla Welch ____________ Outfield gATEwAy cONFErENcE 1998________Heather Stella ___ Third Base/Catcher 1994________Selina Braden ________ Second Base PLAyEr/PITchEr OF ThE wEEK ISU FEmALE AThLETE OF ThE yEAr 1995__________ Jodi Burch ______ Pitcher/Outfield ______________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher 1992___Monica McGlaughlin _____________April 14 2007___ Shannon Nicholson _____________ Pitcher 1991__________ Lana Davis ______________ May 7 2001_________ Nicole Kurth _____________ Pitcher gATEwAy cONFErENcE rOOKIE OF ThE yEAr mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE SEcONd _____________ Robin Smith _____________April 23 1999________Heather Stella __________ Third Base 1988______ Robin Chapman ____________ Catcher TEAm _____________ Robin Smith ___________ March 26 1998________Heather Stella __________ Third Base 2006________Tiffany Prager ________ Second Base 1990____________Tori Koss ______________ May 8 1995__________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher mISSOUrI vALLEy cONFErENcE 2005_____ Dominique Borba ___________ Shortstop ______________ Lana Davis ______________ May 1 1994__________ Jodi Burch _____________ Pitcher rOOKIE OF ThE yEAr 2003__________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base __________ Robin Chapman _____________April 10 2006_________Amber Smith ____ Designated Player 2002________Jamie Bagnall ___________First Base 1989______ Robin Chapman _____________April 10 ISU FEmALE SchOLAr-AThLETE OF ThE yEAr 2004___________ Stacy Birk _____________ Pitcher _________ Dominique Borba ___________ Shortstop 1988______ Lori Shoemaker ______________ May 9 2007___ Shannon Nicholson ______________ Pither 1996________Heather Stella __________ Third Base ______________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base _______________ Lori Vogel ______________ May 2 2005__________ Kate Stake ________ Second Base 1994_______ Priscilla Welch ___________First Base 2001_______Bridget Fournie ____________ Outfield 1987__________ Kerri Donis ______________ May 4 1993________ Carmen Hulit ____________ Outfield 2000_______Bridget Fournie ____________ Outfield ___________ Becky Barrigar _____________April 28 1992___________ Tory Koss ________ Second Base gATEwAy cONFErENcE FIrST TEAm 1999_______Bridget Fournie ____________ Outfield 1986__________ Kerri Donis ___________ March 25 1991_________ Joan Cather ____________ Outfield 1997_________Kerri Bartlow _____________ Pitcher 1985___Maxine McGlaughlin _____________ May 14 ISU BONE SchOLAr _____________ Robin Smith ____ Pitcher/First Base ___________Ronnie Marmitt ___________ Shortstop 2003__________Abbie Scott ____________ Outfield 1990______ Robin Chapman ____________ Catcher ________________Toni Rios ___________First Base 1993________ Carmen Hulit ____________ Outfield Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N35 35 1/29/2008 10:07:50 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL According to intercollegiate athletics records, the following student-athletes lettered in softball F redbird sofTball leTTerwinners McGinnis, Lori __________________ 1984-87 McGlaughlin-Quakenbush, Maxine __ 1983-86 Smith, Amber ______________2006-present Smith, Jan ________________________ 1969 at Illinois State University. Following the Ferree, Jill ________________________ 1979 McGlaughlin, Monica ____________ 1990-93 Smith, Lisa _____________________ 1984-86 letterwinner’s name is the uniform number that Finneran, Ann __________________ 1961-64 McGraw, Therese _______________ 1984-87 Smith, Robin ___________________ 1990-91 each player wore. Fischer, Melinda ________________ 1969-72 McKee, Marjorie ________________ 1953-56 Smith, Wendy __________________ 1978-80 Fiscus, Stephanie _______________ 1991-94 McMurtry, Becky ________________ 2000-01 A Fournie, Bridget _________________ 1998-01 Fowler, Dawn ___________________ 1993-96 McNamara, Judy ________________ 1975-78 McWilliams, Ellen _______________ 1981-84 Snook Lenz, Lynn _______________ 1987-88 Staff, Coni ________________________ 1973 Adams, Cindy __________________ 1964-67 Fuss, Nina _____________________ 1959-60 Stake, Kate ____________________ 2002-05 Adams, Patsy __________________ 1957-58 Lauren bierwirth Mecum, Kim____________________ 1982-85 Stamm-Germann, Deborah ________ 1980-81 Albers-Carney, Diane ____________ 1979-81 Meier, Julie _______________________ 1998 Standish-Rehulicke, Teresa ________ 1990-93 Albright, Diane __________________ 1956-59 g Melvin, Dot_____________________ 1967-69 Meyer, Judy ____________________ 1957-59 Staton, Patti ____________________ 1967-68 Steers, Kelley _____________________ 2005 Gaither, Tricia __________________ 2003-06 Meyer-Osborne, Pat _______________ 1950s Stella, Heather __________________ 1996-99 Galante, Roberta ________________ 1979-80 Mielke, Katie ______________________ 2005 Stephenson, Evelyn Marie_________ 1964-65 B Galas, Carol____________________ 1964-66 Garner, Mandy __________________ 2002-05 bIERWIRTh Mikleton, Nancy ____________________ 1970 Streit, Jo ______________________ 1967-70 Milligan, Tammy _______________ 1998-2000 Stuart, Denise __________________ 1983-84 Babb, Dawn ____________________ 1989-91 Gary, Krystal ______________________ 2002 Moldenhauer, Darla ______________ 1969-72 Stuckey, Jan ______________________ 1969 Bagnall, Jamie __________________ 1999-02 Gilles-Raspapovich, Brenda _______ 1986-88 Mosher, Betsy __________________ 1969-72 Surratt, Kassie _____________________ 2002 Bailey, Brooke __________________ 1986-89 Gilles-Koch, Tonya_______________ 1981-82 Mosier, Marilynn ________________ 1967-70 Svoboda, Linda _________________ 1975-77 Bain, Linda_____________________ 1958-61 Gladstone, Danielle _________________ 1998 Moesteller Spencer, Joanne _______ 1971-74 Swanberg, Luann _______________ 1978-81 Baker, Melissa __________________ 2000-03 Golchert-Nowakowski, Lisa ________ 1983-86 Muehlhauser, Sharon ____________ 1982-84 Baker, Pody ____________________ 1996-97 Goll, Lillian _____________________ 1947-50 Myros, Chris ______________________ 1999 Barnes-Bockhold, Bev _______________ 1973 Barrigar-Gengenbacher, Becky _____ 1985-88 Gorgal, Kelly ___________________ 1988-90 Gorrell, Casey _____________2006-present T Bartlow, Kerri ___________________ 1996-97 Baumann, Michelle ______________ 1983-85 Gratkins, Nanette________________ 1972-73 Grebner, Flo____________________ 1955-58 Stacy birk N Taber Watts, Marlys Kay __________ 1963-66 Tambling, Peggy ________________ 1971-73 bIRk Neeley, Jenni _________________ 1999-2001 Taylor, Bridget __________________ 1995-98 Becker, Kim ____________________ 1975-78 Grebner, Jane __________________ 1979-81 Nelson, kara ______________2007-present _ Taylor, Cutie ____________________ 2001-02 Behling, Mary___________________ 1950-53 Greenberger, Steph _________________ 1999 Newman, Katie _________________ 2001-02 Thoennes, katie ____________2006-present Bell, Mary______________________ 1945-47 Guilbault, Katie _________________ 2003-06 Nicholson, Shannon _____________ 2004-07 Thomas, Sunne _________________ 1962-65 Bellich Hoch, Louann________________ 1974 Gunderson-Leach, Mary __________ 1955-58 Norris, Teri _____________________ 1975-78 Thompson, Lynn ________________ 1982-83 Benewich Keyser, Bette___________ 1965-66 Benjamin, Karen ________________ 1973-76 Tillery, Amie ____________________ 2005-06 Beuseling, Cheryl __________________ 1975 Beyer, Stephanie ________________ 2001-02 h O Tipton, Royleen “Tinker” __________ 1964-67 Tousley Schoch, Kim _____________ 1976-78 Hackett, Gwen __________________ 1986-87 Bierwirth, Lauren ________________ 2002-05 Obery-Cowling, Ann______________ 1975-78 Tresenriter, Marilyn _________________ 2006 Hanko, Katie ___________________ 2001-04 Birk, Stacy _____________________ 2004-07 Ogorek, Ashley _________________ 2002-04 Trigourea, Susan ________________ 1972-74 Hanneman Hall, Vicki ______________ 1980s Birkhead, Cheryl ___________________ 1973 O’Hanian, Krista ________________ 1999-00 Tuck, Barbi________________________ 1992 Hanson, Cathleen _______________ 1980-83 Blackford Heintz, Joan____________ 1975-78 Hardman, Chris _________________ 1994-96 Blanchard, Jeanne__________________ 1973 Bockhold, Bev _____________________ 1973 Bonner, Shannon ________________ 1994-95 Harris, Corey ______________ 1999, 2001-03 Harrop Hillebrenner, Jan __________ 1977-80 Tricia Gaither P U Haun, Paula ____________________ 1983-86 Pace, Kim ________________________ 1993 Urban, Janet ______________________ 2003 Boon, Lynn_____________________ 1988-91 Haynes, Shari __________________ 1959-62 Parsons, Aundrea _______________ 2004-05 Urbancik, Laurie ________________ 1982-83 Borba, Dominique _______________ 2002-05 Hedlund, Rosalie ________________ 1965-67 Patterson, Ashley________________ 2004-05 Urbanowski, Theresa_____________ 1982-83 Braden-Finck, Selina _____________ 1991-94 henderson, Michelle ________2007-present Patton, Randi ___________________ 2003-06 Bradley, Marilyn ____________________ 1966 Hensley, Laura__________________ 1996-97 Peck, Brandi ___________________ 1991-94 Brewer, Kathy __________________ 1985-86 Broadwater-Kenney, Diane ________ 1982-83 Hine, Deanna___________________ 1987-88 Hinkle Kinaan, Michele _____________ 1980s GAIThER Peverly, Cathy __________________ 1998-00 Pidrak, Darcie __________________ 1993-96 v vaca, Diciembre ____________2007-present buker, jessie ______________2006-present Hoffman, Kate __________________ 1997-99 Piscoran, Lynn __________________ 1991-94 Van Ness, Jennifer ______________ 1970-73 Burch-Jansevanrensburg, Jodi _____ 1992-95 Hofer, Cheri ____________________ 1987-89 Pitstick, Donna_____________________ 1978 Verhulst-Bennett, Gloria _____________ 1969 Burgener-Cram, Kay _____________ 1962-64 Hoscheidt, Kelly _________________ 2000-02 Pothoff Plaugher, Sandy __________ 1974-75 Veroni, Kathy ___________________ 1964-67 Howard Julien, Connie ___________ 1974-76 Prager, Tiffany _____________2005-present Verselder, Marian___________________ 1957 Hulit-Bergman, Carmen ___________ 1991-94 Prihoda, Laura __________________ 1982-84 c Hurley-Memken, LaDonna_________ 1968-71 Puckett, Julie ___________________ 1992-94 Vidano, Elvira “Tiny” ________ 1938-39, 1942 Vogel-McPike, Lori_______________ 1985-88 Carlson, Kelly __________________ 1986-87 Carr, Erin _________________________ 2002 Caskey, Sheila __________________ 1958-61 Cather, Joan ___________________ 1989-91 j jodi burch r w Jacobson, Jayme________________ 1995-98 Ramsey, Lorene ________________ 1957-59 Wadell, Barb ___________________ 1960-63 buRCh Chandler, Monica________________ 1997-99 Jannazzo, Tina ____________________ 1993 Rast, Audra ____________________ 2000-03 Walker, Bailey _____________________ 2007 Chapin, Janice __________________ 1972-75 Johns, Amy ____________________ 1995-98 Rau, Kris ______________________ 1983-86 Walker, Barbara _________________ 1973-76 Chapman, Robin ________________ 1987-90 Johnson, Judy __________________ 1955-58 Rausch, Sandra _________________ 1957-60 Walkowiak, Lisa ____________ 1995, 1997-98 Clark-Fowler, Joan_______________ 1939-42 Johnson, Melissa ___________________ 1998 Riccio, Angie ___________________ 1996-99 Wapotish, Jessica __________________ 2006 Clements, Sheila ________________ 1981-84 Riddering, Kim __________________ 1986-89 Warning, Kelsey_________________ 2006-07 Colgan, Christy _________________ 2005-07 Riell, Michelle _____________________ 1999 Weinstein, Carly ________________ 2003-04 Cook-Poulter, Louise _____________ 1974-77 Cothren, Barb __________________ 1958-61 K Ries, Cindy ____________________ 1986-88 Rios, Toni ______________________ 1994-97 Welch-Delaere, Priscilla __________ 1994-97 Wendt, Linda ___________________ 1985-88 Crawshaw, Susan __________________ 1984 Kaminske, Deborah ______________ 1973-76 Rishel, Jane _______________________ 1967 Wesley, Shae ___________________ 2001-02 Croddy, Nicole _____________________ 1993 Kemp, Kathy ___________________ 1972-74 Robbins, Ann ___________________ 1960-63 Wesner, Dawn __________________ 1993-96 Cruz, Serena ___________________ 2002-05 Kent, Jodi______________________ 1998-00 Robbins, Kay ___________________ 1978-80 Whitman, Marilyn ___________________ 1973 Curry, Angela ___________________ 1994-97 Kerwin, Irene “Pepper” ___________ 1950-53 Roppa, Karen __________________ 1967-70 Wiles, Donna ___________________ 1970-73 Curtin, Ellen ____________________ 1969-72 Kiesewetter, Michelle _____________ 1984-87 Roth Kirkpatrick, Nancy ___________ 1979-82 Wilkening, Karen ________________ 1967-70 Cusac, Casi ____________________ 1995-96 Klekamp, Pat ___________________ 1975-77 Rule, Nicole ____________________ 1991-94 Willard, Karen __________________ 1973-76 klopf, vicki _______________(2007-present) kelsey Warning Runyon, Jenny__________________ 1991-94 Williams, Jackie _________________ 2004-07 Klug-Jonas, Dana _______________ 1986-89 Rydberg, Deb _____________________ 1984 d Kneer, Marian __________________ 1946-49 Williams, kaprice ___________2006-present WARNING Ryder, Sandy ______________________ 1966 Winkler, Shelley _________________ 1988-89 Knierim, Dr. Helen “Susie” ____________ 1950 Davis, Desi ____________________ 1989-91 Koehler-Winklehake, Kay _________ 1969-72 Woodward, Kim ____________________ 1978 Davis-Leonard, Lana _____________ 1990-93 S Koss-Wilson, Tory _______________ 1988-91 Wright, Jen ____________________ 2005-06 Davis Bartlett, Michelle ___________ 1988-89 Krueger, Bridgette _______________ 2004-05 Wright, Margie __________________ 1971-74 Davy, Nikki _____________________ 1992-95 Krueger, Emily __________________ 2003-04 Sancken Rothermel, Judy _________ 1969-72 Day-Fenemor, Lori _______________ 1987-89 Kurth, Nicole ___________________ 2000-01 Sarna, Denise __________________ 1982-85 Dideriksen, Amy_________________ 1989-91 Donis, Kerri ____________________ 1986-87 Schaefer, Vickie _________________ 1982-85 Schelling, Ellen ____________________ 1969 y Yocum, Rose ___________________ 1976-79 Douglas, Betty _____________________ 1962 Dubbelde, Donna___________________ 1969 L Schermann, April ________________ 1998-01 Scheuber, Dawn ___________________ 1998 Young, Jara ____________________ 1996-97 Younquist, Betsy ________________ 1995-97 Lalowski, Peg __________________ 1973-75 Schmied, Merry Anne “Tudy” _______ 1967-70 Landes-Ehresman, Beth __________ 1978-80 Schrock Weber, Mary Kay ____________ 1979 E Laylock Starrett, Pat ________________ 1972 Limberg, Vicki _____________________ 1979 Scott, Abbie ____________________ 2000-03 Serone, Bonnie _________________ 1975-77 bold denotes current players. Eder, Mary Sue _________________ 1966-69 Loftus, Trish ____________________ 1983-84 The Illinois State Athletics Media Relations Office Audra Rast Shandor, Andrea ________________ 1988-89 Ehret, Amy ____________2001-2002, 2004-05 has made every effort to verify letterwinner Emms, Sheila __________________ 2003-06 Shay, Nancy ___________________ 1969-72 information. We welcome any clarifications or Engstrom, Sandra _______________ 1982-84 Erickson, Bonnie ________________ 1972-73 m Sherer, Dawn ___________________ 1995-98 Shifflet, Andrea ____________2007-present adjustments. Please contact Keith Trivitt, softball media relations contact, at 309/438.7748 or via Ewen, RaeAnn_____________________ 2005 Marmitt, Veronica________________ 1994-97 Shifflet, Katie ___________________ 2000-03 e-mail at katrivi@ilstu.edu. Martin, Amy ____________________ 1993-94 Shinkey, Marilynn _______________ 1952-54 Mattes, Debbie _________________ 1988-91 RAST Shipley, Rachel _________________ 1988-91 McClellan-McGrath, H. Sue ________ 1959-62 Siebert, Dorothy_________________ 1953-55 McCormick, Debbie ______________ 1987-89 Simmering-Marks, Glenda _________ 1979-81 McEndree, Melissa ______________ 1987-89  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N36 36 1/29/2008 10:07:54 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU redbird all-americans 43 43 yEArS OF ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL 16 ALL-AmErIcANS 26 ALL-AmErIcA hONOrS ALL-AmErIcA U In the 25-year history of Missouri Valley Conference softball, Illinois State softball has had 16 all-Americans, five more than the next closest Valley ShANNON NIchOLSON - P ➢ 2007 Easton Second-Team All-American school, Creighton, which has 11. jOdI BUrch - P AUdrA rAST - P ➢ 1995 NFCA Third-Team All-American ➢ 2002 Easton Third-Team All-American BrIdgET FOUrNIE - OF APrIL SchErmANN - 2B ➢ 1999 National Strength and Conditioning Association ➢ 2001 Academic All-American - Second Team All-American ➢ 2001 Easton Second Team All-American cOrEy hArrIS - UT AmBEr SmITh - dP ➢ 2002 Academic All-American - Second Team ➢ 2006 Easton/Bell Sports Second-Team All-American ➢ 2006 NFCA Third-Team All-American NIcOLE KUrTh - P KATE STAKE - 2B ➢ 2001 Easton Second-Team All-American ➢ 2005 Academic All-American - Second Team ➢ 2005 Easton Second-Team All-American EmILy KrUEgEr - 1B hEAThEr STELLA - 3B ➢ 2004 Easton Third-Team All-American ➢ 1998 & 1999 NFCA First Team All-American ➢ 1999 Academic All-American - Second Team ➢ 1998 Easton First-Team All-American ➢ 1999 Easton Second-Team All-American BEcKy mcmUrTy - 3B cUTIE TAyLOr - OF ➢ 2001 Easton First-Team All-American ➢ 2002 Easton Second-Team All-American ➢ 2001 NFCA Third-Team All-American KArA NELSON - 3B PrIScILLA wELch - OF ➢ 2007 Easton First-Team All-American ➢ 1997 NFCA Third-Team All-American ➢ 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American cAThy PEvErLy - SS ShAE wESLEy - c ➢ 2000 Academic All-American - Second Team ➢ 2002 Easton Second-Team All-American Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N37 37 1/29/2008 10:08:01 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL BATTINg Avg. • SEASON Team Team gAmES PLAyEd • SEASON 4. 70 - Priscilla Welch _______1996 5. 67 - Robin Smith _________1990 all-Time hiTTing records 4. 50 - Amber Smith _______2006 5. 45 - Heather Stella _______1996 Individual 1. 4 - Jodi Burch ___________1994 1. .319 (416-1304) _________1997 1. 62 ____________________2007 67 - Kerri Donis __________1987 4 - Nicole Rule __________1992 2. .312 (462-1481) _________1996 2. 61 ____________________1992 rBI • cArEEr 4 - Kelsey Warning _______2006 3. .299 (481-1609) _________1995 61 ____________________1987 hITS • cArEEr 1. 157 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 4 - Nikki Davy ___________1992 4. .290 (453-1561) _________1991 4. 60 ____________________1995 1. 247 - Priscilla Welch ___ 1994-97 2. 105 - Kate Stake ______ 2002-05 5. .290 (393-1357) _________2002 60 ____________________1993 2. 224 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 3. 102 - Priscilla Welch ___ 1994-97 SAcrIFIcE FLIES • cArEEr 60 ____________________2000 3. 188 - Ronnie Marmitt __ 1993-97 4. 95 - Robin Chapman___ 1988-90 1. 7 - Jodi Burch ________ 1992-95 Individual (min. 50 at-bats) 4. 182 - Teresa Stake ____ 1990-93 5. 91 - Amber Smith ____ 2006-07 2. 6 - Nicole Rule _______ 1991-94 1. .445 - Heather Stella _____ 1999 Individual 5. 179 - Kate Stake ______ 2002-05 6 - Davy Nikki ________ 1992-95 2. .416 - Priscilla Welch _____1997 1. 62 - Tiffany Prager_______2007 TOTAL BASES • SEASON 4. 5 - Stacy Birk ________ 2004-07 3. .415 - kara Nelson ______2007 _ 62 - Jackie Williams ______2007 dOUBLES • SEASON Team 5 - Lynn Piscoran _____ 1991-94 4. .404 - Cutie Taylor ________2002 62 - Casey Gorrelll ______2007 Team 1. 839 ___________________2007 5 - Kelsey Warning ____ 2006-07 5. .400 - Priscilla Welch _____1996 62 - jessie buker _______2007 1. 86 ____________________1997 2. 657 ___________________1995 5 - Melissa Baker _____ 2000-03 62 - Amber Smith _______2007 2. 84 ____________________2007 3. 608 ___________________1996 5 - Teresa Standish ____ 1990-93 BATTINg Avg. • cArEEr 3. 82 ____________________1995 4. 604 ___________________1991 (Minimum 100 at-bats) gAmES PLAyEd • cArEEr 4. 76 ____________________2006 5. 601 ___________________2006 SAcrIFIcE hITS • SEASON 1. .415 - kara Nelson ______2007 _ 1. 234 - Teresa Standish __ 1990-93 5. 74 ____________________1999 Team 2. .392 - Emily Krueger ______2004 2. 217 - Nikki Davy ______ 1992-95 Individual 1. 100 ___________________1990 3. .385 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 217 - Bridget Fournie _1998-2001 Individual 1. 125 - Emily Krueger ______2004 2. 92 ____________________1992 4. .373 - Priscilla Welch __ 1994-97 4. 216 - Debbie Mattes ___ 1988-91 1. 20 - Robin Chapman______1990 2. 122 - jessie buker ______2007 3. 83 ____________________2001 5. .364 - Robin Smith ____ 1990-91 5. 214 - Priscilla Welch ___ 1994-97 2. 18 - Betsy Youngquist _____1997 3. 121 - kara Nelson _______2007 4. 82 ____________________1988 18 - Randi Patton ________2006 4. 114 - Amber Smith ______2007 _ 5. 80 ____________________1991 SLUggINg PcT. • SEASON AT-BATS • SEASON 4. 17 - Becky McMurty ______2001 5. 112 - Heather Stella ______1999 80 ____________________1993 Team Team 5. 16 - Tiffany Prager_______2007 112 - Robin Chapman _____1990 1. .509 (1647 AB) __________2007 1. 1647 __________________2007 Individual 2. .451 (1333 AB) __________2006 2. 1609 __________________1995 dOUBLES • cArEEr TOTAL BASES • cArEEr 1. 29 - Selina Braden _______1992 3. .428 (1380 AB) __________1999 3. 1574 __________________1992 1. 47 - Heather Stella ____ 1996-99 1. 350 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 2. 27 - Rachel Shipley_______1990 4. .426 (1304 AB) __________1997 4. 1561 __________________1991 2. 42 - Betsy Youngquist __ 1994-97 2. 315 - Priscilla Welch ___ 1994-97 3. 26 - Tiffany Prager_______2007 5. .411 (1481 AB) __________1996 1561 __________________1987 3. 40 - Priscilla Welch ____ 1994-97 3. 269 - Kate Stake ______ 2002-05 4. 25 - Robin Chapman______1988 4. 37 - Ronnie Marmitt ___ 1993-97 4. 257 - Robin Chapman__ 1988-90 25 - Rachel Shipley_______1991 Individual (Minimum 50 at-bats) Individual 5. 35 - Robin Chapman___ 1988-90 5. 249 - Randi Patton ____ 2003-06 1. .818 - Heather Stella ______1999 1. 217 - kara Nelson _______2007 SAcrIFIcE hITS • cArEEr 2. .817 - Emily Krueger ______2004 2. 198 - Teresa Standish _____1993 TrIPLES • SEASON wALKS • SEASON 1. 61 - Rachel Shipley____ 1988-91 3. .717 - Amber Smith _______2006 3. 195 - Robin Smith ________1991 Team Team 2. 56 - Selina Braden ____ 1991-94 4. .667 - jessie buker ______2007 195 - Robin Smith ________1990 1. 40 ____________________1991 1. 183 ___________________1995 3. 50 - Teresa Standish ___ 1990-93 5. .658 - Cutie Taylor ________2002 5. 194 - Tiffany Prager______2007 2. 31 ____________________1994 2. 179 ___________________1996 4. 48 - Abbie Scott ______ 2000-03 3. 28 ____________________1989 3. 177 ___________________2006 48 - Betsy Youngquist __ 1994-97 SLUggINg PcT. • cArEEr AT-BATS • cArEEr 4. 23 ____________________1995 4. 164 ___________________2004 (Minimum 100 at-bats) 1. 684 - Teresa Standish __ 1990-93 23 ____________________1987 5. 162 ___________________1994 STOLEN BASES • SEASON 1. .817 - Emily Krueger ______ 2004 2. 662 - Priscilla Welch ___ 1994-97 Team 2. .665 - Amber Smith ___ 2006-07 3. 644 - Bridget Fournie _1998-2001 Individual Individual 1. 67 ____________________1989 3. .601 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 4. 617 - Becky Barrigar ___ 1985-88 1. 13 - Dana Klug __________1989 1. 35 - Amber Smith _______2007 2. 65 ____________________1991 4. .560 - Robin Chapman _ 1988-90 5. 607 - Debbie Mattes ___ 1988-91 2. 11 - Rachel Shipley _______1991 2. 33 - Brenda Gilles ________1987 3. 48 ____________________1997 5. .558 - kara Nelson ______2007 _ 11 - Robin Smith _________1991 33 - Debbie Mattes _______1991 48 ____________________2005 rUNS ScOrEd • SEASON 4. 9 - Priscilla Welch ________1994 4. 32 - Heather Stella _______1999 5. 45 ____________________1981 ON-BASE PcT. • SEASON Team 5. 8 - Debbie Mattes ________1991 5. 31 - Heath Stella _________1998 Team 1. 329 ___________________2007 31 - Amber Smith _______2006 Individual 1. .393 (1481 AB) __________1996 2. 311 ___________________1995 TrIPLES • cArEEr 1. 21 - Debbie Mattes _______1989 2. .381 (1304 AB) __________1997 3. 270 ___________________1996 1. 24 - Dana Klug _______ 1986-89 wALKS • cArEEr 2. 20 - Robin Chapman______1989 3. .373 (1609 AB) __________1995 4. 267 ___________________2006 2. 23 - Rachel Shipley____ 1988-91 1. 106 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 3. 16 - Debbie Mattes _______1991 4. .369 (1333 AB) __________2006 5. 254 ___________________1991 3. 14 - Priscilla Welch ____ 1994-97 2. 81 - Debbie Mattes ____ 1988-91 4. 14 - Jenny Runyon _______1994 5. .366 (1647 AB) __________2007 14 - Robin Smith ______ 1990-91 3. 73 - Dominque Borba __ 2002-05 5. 13 - Randi Patton ________2005 Individual 5. 13 - Debbie Mattes ____ 1988-91 4. 70 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 Individual (min. 50 at-bats) 1. 59 - kara Nelson ________2007 5. 68 - Angela Curry _____ 1994-97 STOLEN BASES • cArEEr 1. .552 - Heather Stella ______1999 2. 51 - Ronnie Marmitt ______1995 hOmE rUNS • SEASON 68 - Jamie Bagnall ____ 1999-02 1. 56 - Debbie Mattes ____ 1988-91 2. .514 - Heather Stella ______1998 3. 48 - Randi Patton ________2006 Team 2. 35 - Jenny Runyon ____ 1991-94 3. .497 - Emily Krueger ______2004 4. 45 - Tricia Gaither ________2006 1. 83 ____________________2007 TImES STrUcK OUT • SEASON 3. 34 - Robin Chapman___ 1988-90 4. .484 - Cutie Taylor ________2002 5. 42 - Ronnie Marmitt ______1996 2. 51 ____________________2006 Team 4. 33 - Randi Patton _____ 2003-06 5. .463 - Priscilla Welch _____1997 3. 45 ____________________2004 1. 358 ___________________2007 5. 30 - Tricia Gaither _____ 2003-06 4. 34 ____________________1999 2. 306 ___________________2006 ON-BASE PcT. • cArEEr 5. 30 ____________________2005 3. 299 ___________________2004 SINgLE-gAmE rEcOrdS • (Minimum 100 at-bats) 299 ___________________2005 INdIvIdUAL 1. .497 - Emily Krueger ______2004 Individual 5. 257 ___________________2000 2. .486 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 1. 18 - Emily Krueger _______2004 At-bats ___________ 6, nine times 3. .448 - kara Nelson ______2007 _ 2. 17 - Amber Smith _______2006 Individual Last: Bridget Fournie (5.12.01) 4. .446 - Amber Smith ___ 2006-07 3. 16 - jessie buker _______2007 1. 47 - Amber Smith _______2007 Runs ______________ 4, five times 5. .436 - Priscilla Welch __ 1994-97 4. 15 - Kelsey Warning ______2007 47 - Jackie Williams ______2007 Last: Randi Patton (4.8.06) rUNS ScOrEd • cArEEr 15 - Amber Smith _______2007 3. 45 - Amber Smith _______2006 hits __________________ 5, twice 1. 134 - Ronnie Marmitt ___ 1993-97 4. 40 - Kelsey Warning ______2007 Last: Cutie Taylor (4.3.02) 2. 119 - Priscilla Welch ___ 1994-97 hOmE rUNS • cArEEr 40 - Randi Patton ________2004 RbI _________________6, 4 times 3. 117 - Bridget Fournie __1998-2001 4. 116 - Randi Patton _____ 2003-06 1. 32 - Amber Smith ____ 2006-07 Last: Ronnie Marmitt (3.29.97) 2. 25 - Heather Stella ____ 1996-99 TImES STrUcK OUT • cArEEr Doubles ___________2, numerous 5. 111 - Selina Braden____ 1991-94 3. 24 - Kelsey Warning ___ 2006-07 1. 126 - Randi Patton ____ 2003-06 Last: Casey Gorrell (4.9.06) 4. 19 - Randi Patton _____ 2003-06 2. 112 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 Triples ____________2, three times hITS • SEASON 19 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 3. 106 - Tricia Gaither ____ 2003-06 Last: Tricia Gaither (3.12.05) Team 4. 92 - Amber Smith ____ 2006-07 home Runs________3, Kate Stake 1. 490 ___________________2007 rBI • SEASON 5. 91 - Lauren Bierwirth __ 2002-05 vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.17.05) 2. 481 ___________________1995 3. 462 ___________________1996 Team Total bases_______13, Kate Stake 1. 308 ___________________2007 SAcrIFIcE FLIES • SEASON vs. Loyola-Chiacgo (3.17.05) 4. 453 ___________________1991 2. 254 ___________________1995 Team Walks ___________ 4, Cutie Taylor 5. 416 ___________________1997 3. 233 ___________________2006 1. 18 ____________________1992 vs. Northern Iowa (4.28.02) 4. 232 ___________________1981 2. 15 ____________________2006 Stolen bases _______2, numerous Individual 5. 230 ___________________1996 3. 13 ____________________2002 Last: Tricia Gaither (3.12.06) 1. 90 - kara Nelson ________2007 13 ____________________1995 2. 75 - Robin Smith _________1991 Individual 5. 11 ____________________1994 bold indicates players on 2008 3. 71 - Ronnie Marmitt ______1995 1. 53 - Kelsey Warning ______2007 11 ____________________1991 roster 2. 51 - jessie buker _______2007 hEAThER STELLA 51 - Wendy Smith _______1981  2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N38 38 1/29/2008 10:08:05 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU all-Time piTching/fielding records PITchINg SAvES • SEASON INNINgS PITchEd • SEASON Individual PUTOUTS • SEASON Individual Team 1. 928 - Tammy Milligan _____1999 Team ErA • cArEEr 1. 4 - Stacy Birk ___________2007 1. 420.1 __________________1987 2. 874 - Stacy Birk _________2007 1. 1261 __________________1992 (Minimum 100 innings pitched) 2. 3 - Shannon Nicholson ____2004 Pitching Staff: Lori Vogel-McPike and 3. 865 - Jodi Burch _________1995 1261 __________________1987 1. 0.51 - Lynn Thompson ____1983 3 - Robin Smith __________1990 Linda Wendt 4. 857 - Jodi Burch _________1994 3. 1246 __________________2007 2. 0.55 - Maxine McGlaughlin _1983-86 4. 2 - Stacy Birk ___________2006 420.1 __________________1992 5. 836 - Stacy Birk _________2006 4. 1241 __________________1993 3. 0.58 - Kay Robbins ____ 1979-80 4. 0.74 - Ronnie Kraemer ____1980 2 - Shannon Nicholson ____2005 Pitching Staff: Stephanie Fiscus, Brandi 5. 1237 __________________1995 5. 0.97 - Linda Wendt ____ 1985-88 2 - Lori Shoemaker _______1988 Peck, Jodi Burch, Monica McGlaughlin BATTErS FAcEd • cArEEr 2 - Sheila Emms _________2004 and Lana Davis 1. 3131 - Stacy Birk _____ 2004-07 Individual 2 - Nicole Kurth __________2001 3. 415.2 __________________2007 2. 2634 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 1. 463 - Cheri Hofer ________1989 ErA • SEASON 4. 412.1 __________________1993 3. 1722 - Jodi Burch _____ 1992-95 2. 436 - Amber Smith _______2007 Team APPEArANcES • cArEEr 412.1 __________________1995 4. 1634 - Jayme Jacobsen _ 1995-98 3. 406 - Toni Rios __________1996 1. 0.66 (337.0 IP) __________1984 1. 162 - Stacy Birk ______ 2004-07 5. 1362 - Tammy Milligan _ 1998-2000 4. 397 - Jamie Bagnall ______2000 Pitching Staff: Maxine McGlaughlin and Trish Loftus 2. 158 - Audra Rast ______ 2000-03 Individual 5. 392 - Bridget Taylor _______1998 2. 0.67 (281.0 IP) __________1980 3. 135 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 1. 269.0 - Lori Vogel ________1987 AT-BATS AgAINST • SEASON 3. 0.69 (376.0 IP) __________1986 4. 103 - Corey Harris ____ 1999-03 2. 239.2 - Maxine McGlaughlin _1984 Team PUTOUTS • cArEEr 4. 0.74 (351.0 IP) __________1985 5. 80 - Shelia Emms ____ 2003-06 3. 233.0 - Audra Rast _______2003 1. 1573 __________________2007 1. 1236 - Jamie Bagnall __ 1999-02 5. 0.82 (420.1 IP) __________1987 4. 230.0 - Nicole Kurth ______2001 Pitching Staff: Shannon Nicholson, Stacy 2. 1131 - Toni Rios ______ 1994-97 APPEArANcES • SEASON 5. 220.2 - Jodi Burch________1995 Birk and Amber Smith 3. 848 - Lana Davis______ 1990-93 Individual (min. 50 innings pitched) 1. 55 - Nicole Kurth _________2001 2. 1448 __________________1990 4. 750 - Katie Guilbault ___ 2003-06 1. 0.29 - Linda Wendt _______1986 55 - Audra Rast __________2001 INNINgS PITchEd • cArEEr 3. 1366 __________________2001 5. 650 - Shae Wesley ____ 2001-02 2. 0.41 - Maxine McGlaughlin__1983 3. 52 - Corey Harris ________2003 1. 742.2 - Stacy Birk _____ 2004-07 4. 1355 __________________2004 3. 0.47 - Maxine McGlaughlin__1984 52 - Shelia Emms ________2003 2. 733.1 - Lori Vogel _____ 1985-88 5. 1319 __________________2006 ASSISTS • SEASON 4. 0.48 - Maxine McGlaughlin__1985 52 - Audra Rast __________2003 3. 658.0 - Audra Rast ____ 2000-03 Team 5. 0.51 - Lynn Thompson ____1983 4. 627.0 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 Individual 1. 732 ___________________1992 gAmES STArTEd • cArEEr 5. 623.0 - Maxine McGlaughlin _ 1983-86 1. 821 - Audra Rast _________2003 2. 698 ___________________1991 1. 113 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 2. 785 - Nicole Kurth ________2001 3. 692 ___________________1993 wINS • cArEEr 2. 95 - Audra Rast _______ 2000-03 STrIKEOUTS • SEASON 3. 767 - Audra Rast _________2002 4. 679 ___________________1990 1. 77 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 3. 93 - Shannon Nicholson __2004-07 Team 767 - Robin Smith ________1990 5. 678 ___________________1987 2. 69 - Lori Vogel________ 1985-88 4. 88 - Jodi Burch _______ 1992-95 1. 380 ____________________ 2003 5. 750 - Stacy Birk _________2007 3. 63 - Jodi Burch _______ 1992-95 4. 62 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 5. 72 - Lana Davis_______ 1990-93 Pitching Staff: Audra Rast, Shelia Individual 5. 59 - Audra Rast _______ 2000-03 Emms and Corey Harris AT-BATS AgAINST • cArEEr 1. 198 - Rachel Shipley______1990 gAmES STArTEd • SEASON 2. 363 ____________________ 2001 1. 2729 - Stacy Birk _____ 2004-07 2. 187 - Rachely Shipley _____1991 1. 35 - Audra Rast __________2003 3. 295 ____________________ 2002 2. 2378 - Shannon Nicholson __ 2004-07 3. 184 - Rachel Shipley______1989 wINS • SEASON 2. 32 - Jodi Burch __________1995 4. 288 ____________________ 2007 3. 1923 - Audra Rast _____ 2000-03 4. 169 - Selina Braden ______1992 Team 32 - Nicole Kurth _________2001 5. 278 ____________________ 2000 4. 909 - Corey Harris __ 1999-2003 5. 160 - Lynn Piscoran ______1993 1. 46 (46-14) ______________1995 4. 31 - Audra Rast __________2002 5. 785 - Nicole Kurth _____ 2000-01 Pitching Staff: Jodi Burch, Jayme Jacobsen and Dawn Fowler 31 - Tammy Milligan ______1999 Individual ASSISTS • cArEEr 1. 299 - Audra Rast _________2003 1. 669 - Rachel Shipley___ 1988-91 2. 44 (44-17) ______________2007 2. 262 - Nicole Kurth ________2001 FIELdINg 2. 533 - Becky Barrigar ___ 1985-88 3. 41 (41-20) ______________1987 cOmPLETE gAmES • cArEEr FIELdINg PcT. • SEASON 4. 39 (39-12) ______________1988 1. 75 - Audra Rast _______ 2000-03 3. 235 - Audra Rast _________2002 3. 519 - Nikki Davy ______ 1992-95 4. 168 - Jodi Burch _________1994 Team 5. 38 (38-16) ______________2006 2. 74 - Jodi Burch _______ 1992-95 4. 448 - Heather Stella ___ 1996-99 5. 166 - Nicole Kurth ________2000 1. .971 (1157-416-47) _______2001 3. 72 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 5. 441 - Ronnie Marmitt __ 1993-97 166 - Stacy Birk _________2006 2. .970 (1042-487-47) _______2006 Individual 4. 54 - Nicole Kurth ______ 2000-01 3. .968 (1052-606-54) _______1988 1. 26 - Nicole Kurth _________2001 5. 48 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 4. .968 (1039-513-51) _______2005 2. 25 - Jodi Burch __________1994 STrIKEOUTS • cArEEr .968 (1103-502-53) _______2004 25 - Jodi Burch __________1995 cOmPLETE gAmES • SEASON 1. 677 - Audra Rast ______ 2000-03 25 - Audra Rast __________2002 Team 2. 561 - Stacy Birk ______ 2004-07 Individual 5. 24 - Lori Vogel___________1987 1. 48 ____________________1991 3. 428 - Nicole Kurth _____ 2000-01 1. 1.000 - Melissa Baker _____2002 Pitching Staff: Robin Smith, Lana Davis, 4. 393 - Maxine McGlaughlin _ 1983-86 1.000 - Jan Harrop _______1980 LOSSES • cArEEr Monica McGlaughlin and Stephanie 5. 362 - Shannon Nicholson __ 2004-07 1.000 - Dana Klug ________1986 1. 35 - Lori Vogel________ 1985-88 Fiscus 362 - Jodi Burch ______ 1992-95 1.000 - Toni Rios _________1994 2. 34 - Audra Rast _______ 2000-03 2. 47 ____________________1995 1.000 - Katie Mielke ______2005 34 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 3. 44 ____________________2000 BATTErS FAcEd • SEASON 1.000 - Stacy Birk ________2004 34 - Lana Davis_______ 1990-93 4. 41 ____________________1994 Team 1.000 - Stacy Birk ________2005 5. 33 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 5. 40 ____________________2001 1. 1809 __________________2007 1.000 - Gwen Hackett _____1987 33 - Corey Harris _____ 1999-03 Pitching Staff: Shannon Nicholson, 1.000 - Monica Chandler __1999 Individual Stacy Birk and Amber Smith 1.000 - Amy Martin _______1994 LOSSES • SEASON 1. 30 - Audra Rast __________2002 2. 1710 __________________1995 Team 2. 29 - Nicole Kurth _________2001 3. 1671 __________________2000 FIELdINg PcT. • cArEEr 1. 35 (24-35) ______________1992 29 - Jodi Burch __________1995 4. 1644 __________________1994 Minimum 10 chances Pitching Staff: Brandi Peck, 4. 28 - Audra Rast __________2003 5. 1555 __________________2004 1. 1.000 - Ashley Ogorek _ 2002-05 Stephanie Fiscus, Jodi Burch, Monica 5. 27 - Jodi Burch __________1994 1.000 - Katie Mielke ______2005 McGlaughlin and Lana Davis 1.000 - Stephanie Fiscus _ 1991-94 2. 34 (26-34) ______________1993 ShUTOUTS • cArEEr 3. 33 (27-33) ______________2000 1. 27 - Stacy Birk _______ 2004-07 4. 30 (20-30) ______________1998 27 - Audra Rast _______ 2000-03 5. 28 (24-28) ______________1989 3. 20 - Nicole Kurth ______ 2000-01 4. 18 - Jodi Burch _______ 1992-95 Individual 5. 17 - Shannon Nicholson _ 2004-07 1. 15 - Robin Smith _________1990 15 - Monica McGlaughlin __1992 ShUTOUTS • SEASON 3. 14 - Lori Vogel___________1987 Team 14 - Audra Rast __________2003 14 - Dawn Scheuber ______1998 1. 19 ____________________1995 Pitching Staff: Jodi Burch, Jayme NO-hITTErS/PErFEcT gAmES Jacobsen and dawn Fowler Pitcher Opponent Date SAvES • cArEEr 2. 18 ____________________2001 Shannon Nicholson Wright State 3.12.05 1. 8 - Stacy Birk ________ 2004-07 3. 16 ____________________1988 Audra Rast Michigan State 2.15.02 2. 6 - Shannon Nicholson __ 2004-07 4. 15 ____________________2003 Nicole Kurth Western Illinois 5.17.01 3. 3 - Robin Smith _______ 1990-91 5. 14 ____________________2007 Nicole Kurth Southern Illinois 4.7.01 3 - Lori Shoemaker ____ 1988-89 5. 2 - Jodi Burch ________ 1992-95 Individual Nicole Kurth Bradley 4.29.00 2 - Nicole Kurth _______ 2000-01 1. 14 - Nicole Kurth _________2001 Lana Davis Indiana State* 4.24.90 2 - Shelia Emms ______ 2003-06 2. 13 - Audra Rast __________2003 Linda Wendt Oklahoma State 3.10.87 2 - Monica McGlaughlin _ 1991-93 3. 11 - Jodi Burch __________1995 Diane Broadwater Miami (Ohio) 4.8.83 2 - Jayme Jacobsen ___ 1995-98 4. 9 - Audra Rast ___________2002 9 - Lori Shoemaker _______1988 Bonnie Kraemer Southern Illinois 3.28.81 * perfect game AuDRA RAST - 2002 NO-hITTER Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N39 39 1/29/2008 10:08:09 AM
  • ISU redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL redbird sofTball complex records/ INdIvIdUAL gAmE rEcOrdS • hITTINg INdIvIdUAL gAmE rEcOrdS • PITchINg hall of fame members Caught Stealing ____________________2, 3 times ___________________Last: vs. Creighton (3.19.06) Opponent Innings Pitched __ 11.2, Mo. St. vs. Illinois St. (5.6.07) Illinois State Illinois State At-bats ________________________ 5, nine times Innings Pitched ________________________ 12.0 Strikeouts _______13, So. Ill. vs. Illinois St. (4.2.04) ___________ Last: Stacy Birk vs. Mo. State (5.6.07) ____ Shannon Nicholson vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) Opponent Wild Pitches __ 3, Creighton vs. Illinois State (3.28.06) Runs __________________________ 4, four times Strikeouts _____________________________ 18 At-bats ______ 48, Mo. State vs. Illinois St. (5.6.07) hit batters __4, Evansville vs. Illinois State (5.8.04) _____ Last: Kara Nelson vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) _________ Nicole Kurth vs. Southern Illinois (4.7.01) Runs _____________________________ 10, twice hits _______________________________ 4, twice Wild Pitches _____________________ 2, five times ______ Last: Evansville vs. Southern Illinois (5.9.02) TEAm gAmE rEcOrdS • FIELdINg _____Last: Kate Stake vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.17.05) ___________ Last: Stacy Birk vs. Northern Iowa (5.1.05) hits ___14, Eastern Illinois vs. Illinois State, 4.29.99 Illinois State RbI ____________________________________ 6 hit batters _________________________ 2, twice RbI __________________________ 9, three times Putouts ___________36 vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) ___________ Jodi Kent vs. Missouri State (4.18.99) ___________ Last: Stacy Birk vs. Wichita State (4.25.04) ______ Last: Evansville vs. Southern Illinois (5.9.02) Assists ___________20 vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) Doubles _______________________ 2, nine times Doubles _______ 6, Drake vs. Illinois State (4.8.00) Errors ________________________ 5, three times ____ Last: Jessie Buker vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) Opponent Triples __ 2, Evansville vs. Southern Illinois (5.9.02) __________________ Last: vs. Creighton (3.21.04) Triples ___________________________1, 12 times Innings Pitched ________________________ 11.2 home Runs_____4, N. Iowa vs. Illinois St. (3.17.07) Passed balls ____________________ 1, 10 times _____ Last: Kara Nelson vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) ____ Melissa Porche, Mo. State vs. Illinois St. (5.6.07) Total bases____22, N. Iowa vs. Illinois St. (3.17.07) ________________Last: vs. Indiana State (3.28.07) home Runs______________________________ 3 Strikeouts ______________________________ 13 Walks _____________________________ 6, twice Double Plays Turned ____________ 2, three times _________ Kate Stake vs. Loyola Chicago (3.17.05) ___Cassidy Scoggins, So. Ill. vs. Illinois State (4.2.05) ______ Last: Loyola-Chicago vs. Illinois St. (3.14.07) ______________ Last: vs. Western Illinois (4.11.06) Total bases_____________________________ 13 Wild Pitches ____________________ 2, four times Strikeouts _ 18, So. Illinois vs. Illinois State (4.7.01) _________ Kate Stake vs. Loyola-Chicago (3.17.05) __ Last: Amy Solava, Loyola-Chicago vs. Ill. St. (3.14.07) Sacrifice Hits ____________________ 4, five times Opponent Walks __________________________ 3, five times hit batters ______________________________ 4 _____ Last: Southern Illinois vs. Illinois St. (4.28.07) Putouts ____35, Mo. State vs. Illinois State (5.6.07) ______________ Last: Stacy Birk vs. Drake (4.8.06) ___Katie Markle, Evansville vs. Illinois State (5.8.04) Sacrifice Flies __________________1, eight times Assists _______18, Drake vs. Illinois State (4.3.04) Strikeouts ____________________ 3, three times ______Last: Southern Illinois vs. Illinois St. (5.11.07) Errors __ 7, Eastern Illinois vs. Illinois State (4.26.00) _______________ Last: Stacy Birk vs. UNI (4.30.05) INdIvIdUAL gAmE rEcOrdS • FIELdINg Stolen bases _______________________ 4, twice Passed balls _______________________ 2, twice Sacrifice Hits _____________________2, 11 times Illinois State ______ Last: Loyola-Chicago vs. Illinois St. (3.14.07) __________ Last: Bradley vs. Illinois State (3.20.05) _________ Last: Tiffany Prager vs. DePaul (3.21.07) Putouts ___________________________ 18, twice hit-by-Pitch ___________________ 2, three times Double Plays Turned _________________ 2, twice Sacrifice Flies ____________________1, 20 times __ Last: Melissa Baker vs. Southern Illinois (4.26.03) ______Last: Wichita State vs. Illinois State (4.25.04) ________ Last: Evansville vs. Illinois State (4.15.06) _____Last: Casey Gorrell vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) Assists _________________________________ 9 Caught Stealing _________________ 2, four times Stolen bases ___________________ 2, four times _______Kaprice Williams vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) ____Last: Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State (5.11.07) ___ Last: Randi Patton vs. Northern Illinois (4.27.05) Errors ________________________ 3, three times hit-by-Pitch ___________________ 2, three times _____ Last: Jackie Williams vs. So. Illinois (4.28.07) TEAm gAmE rEcOrdS • PITchINg NICOLE kuRTh _______ Last: Mandy Garner vs. Evansville (5.8.04) Passed balls _____________________1, 11 times Illinois State Caught Stealing____________________1, 22 times ______ Last: Casey Gorrell vs. Indiana St. (3.28.07) Innings Pitched ________12 vs. Mo. State (5.6.07) _______ Last: Jackie Williams vs. E. Illinois (4.5.06) Strikeouts ________18 vs. Southern Illinois (4.7.01) Opponent Wild Pitches _____________________ 2, five times Opponent Putouts ___________________________ 15, twice ________________ Last: vs. Northern Iowa (5.1.05) At-bats ____________________________ 6, twice _ Last: Kelly Creek, So. Illinois vs. Illinois St. (4.2.05) hit batters ____________________ 2, three times _____Last: Kate Martin, Mo. State vs. Ill. St. (5.6.07) Assists _________________________________ 9 ________________ Last: vs. Wichita State (4.25.04) Runs _________________________ 3, three times _______ Haley Viefhaus, So. vs. Illinois St, (5.10.02) ___ Last: Tracy Davis, UNI vs. Illinois State (4.30.05) Errors ___________________________2, 13 times hits ____________________________________ 4 Last: Angelena Mexicano, Illinois vs. Ill. St. (3.20.07) _____ Emily Hajduk, Drake vs. Illinois State (4.9.06) Passed balls _______________________ 2, twice RbI ____________________________________ 4 __ Last: Shayna Bradford, Bradley vs. Ill. St. (3.20.05) ______ Jen Larsen, N. Iowa vs. Illinois State (3.17.07) Doubles _______________________ 2, nine times TEAm gAmE rEcOrdS • hITTINg _Last: Morgan Paulson, N. Iowa vs. Illinois St. (3.17.07) Triples ___________________________1, 11 times Illinois State hALL OF FAmE mEmBErS At-bats ___________ 41 vs. Missouri State (5.6.07) _ Last: Katerina Krause, Loyola-Chi. vs. Ill. St. (3.14.07) Runs ____________________14 vs. Drake (4.8.06) home Runs______________________________ 2 hits _____________16 vs. Eastern Illinois (4.29.99) Illinois State softball has a long storied history, one that dates back to the __________ Jen Larsen, N. Iowa vs. Illinois St. (3.17.07) RbI _____________________14 vs. Drake (4.8.06) 1930s. The following is a list of Illinois State Athletics Hall of Fame members Total bases_________________________ 8, twice Doubles __________6 vs. Eastern Illinois (4.26.00) ______ Last: Jen Larsen, N. Iowa vs. Illinois St. (3.17.07) who have ties to the Redbird softball program. Triples ___________________________1, 12 times Walks __________________________________ 3 _______________ Last: vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) ____ Ashley Meredith, Missouri St. vs. Illinois St. (5.4.03) NAME home Runs____________________ 4, three timesyEAR INDuCTED NAME yEAR INDuCTED Strikeouts _______________________________ 5 Betsy Mosher* 1987 ____Samantha Carter, So. Illinois vs. Illinois St. (4.26.03) Bev Barnes-Bockhold# ____________ Last: vs. vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) 1998 Total bases________________________ 26, twice Marilynn Mosier* 1987 Sacrifice Hits ____________________________ 3 Mary Bell _______________ Last: vs. Northern Iowa (3.17.07) 1982 ____April Johnson, Missouri St. vs. Illinois St. (4.9.05) Jodi Burch-Janse Van Rensburg 2006 Walks ____________10 vs. Eastern Illinois (4.5.06) Joanne Moesteller Spencer# 1998 Sacrifice Flies __________________1, eight times _ Last: Rachel Gerking, N. Iowa vs. Illinois St. (3.17.07) Cheryl Birkhead# Strikeouts ________13 vs. Southern Illinois (4.2.05) 1998 Jean Pankonin 1981 Sacrifice Hits _______ 5 vs. Northern Iowa (5.9.02) Stolen bases __________________ 2, three times Jeanne Blanchard# Sacrifice Flies _________________ 2, three times 1998 Karen Roppa* 1980 _Last: Ellen Kresl, Loyola-Chicago vs. Ill. St. (3.14.07) Joan Clark-Fowler ________________ Last: vs. Missouri State (5.3.03) 1979 Ellen Schelling* 1987 hit-by-Pitch ______________________1, 30 times Stolen bases __________________ 4, three times __ Last: Stephanie Aguero , N. Iowa vs. Ill. St. (3.17.07) Barb Cothren 1981 Merry Anne “Tudy” Schmied* 1977 ________________ Last: vs. Eastern Illinois (4.5.06) Caught Stealing____________________1, 48 times Mary Sue Eder# hit-by-Pitch ___________ 4 vs. Evansville (5.8.04) 1998 Nancy Shay* 1987 _______ Last: Katie Schmidt, So. Ill. vs. Ill. St. (5.11.07) Bonnie Erickson# 1998 Jan Smith* 1987 Melinda Fischer* 1987 Coni Staff# 1998 hITTINg IT BIg Gooch Foster# 1998 Jo Streit* 1980 Flo Grebner 1977 Jan Stuckey* 1987 ISU’S 200-hIT cLUB mEmBErS ISU’S 40-40 mEmBErS Mary Gunderson-Leach 1984 Marlys Kay Taber Watts 1982 Only two student-athletes in the history LaDonna Hurley-Memken* 1987 Sunne Thomas 1975 of Illinois State softball have reached PLAyER _______yEAR ___ R-h-RbI Kara Nelson __________ 2007 _______ 59-90-21 Dr. Jill Hutchison*# 1984 Royleen “Tinker” Tipton 1981 the 200-hit plateua - Priscilla Welch and Amber Smith _________ 2007 _______ 38-60-41 Carmen Imel* 1987 Jennifer Van Ness# 1998 Heather Stella. Jessie Buker _________ 2007 _______ 34-59-51 Deborah Kaminske# 1998 Kathy Veroni 1980 Kelsey Warning _______ 2007 _______ 29-52-53 Kathy Kemp# 1998 Elvira “Tiny” Vidano 1979 PLAyER ______ yEARS ______hITS Amber Smith* ________ 2006 _______ 40-47-50 Tricia Gaither _________ 2006 _______ 45-53-23 Irene “Pepper” Kerwin 1978 Barb Wadell 1978 Priscilla Welch __ 1994-97 _______247 Randi Patton _________ 2006 _______ 48-51-28 Marian Kneer 1976 Marilyn Whitman# 1998 Heather Stella __ 1996-99 _______224 Emily Krueger ________ 2004 _______ 31-60-43 Dr. Helen “Susie” Knierim 1979 Donna Wiles# 1998 Cutie Taylor __________ 2002 _______ 33-65-41 Heather Stella ________ 1999 _______ 27-61-40 Beth Landes-Ehresman 1987 Margie Wright# 1979 Heather Stella ________ 1996 _______ 21-59-45 Kay McDonald 1981 Ronnie Marmitt _______ 1996 _______ 42-64-15 Maxine McGlaughlin-Quakenbush 1997 * Inducted as a member of 1969 team. Ronnie Marmitt _______ 1995 _______ 51-71-36 Robin Smith __________ 1991 _______ 40-75-36 Marjorie McKee 1976 # Inducted as member of 1973 team. Robin Chapman_______ 1990 _______ 33-60-43 Dot Melvin* 1987 If inducted more than once, the earlier PRISCILLA WELCh * Only member of 40-40-40 club year is listed. 0 2008 redbird sofTball media guide 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N40 40 1/29/2008 10:08:11 AM
  • redbirds ILLINOIS STATE SOFTBALL ISU adminisTraTion/supporT sTaff ILLINOIS STATE AdmINISTrATION dr. AL BOwmAN dOUg BANKS ➢ UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ➢ ASSISTANT AD | DEVELOPMENT dr. ShEAhON ZENgEr rOhrK cUTchLOw ➢ DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ➢ ASSISTANT AD | SPORT PERFORMANCE LArry LyONS PEyTON dETErdINg ➢ SENIOR ASSOCIATE AD | INTERNAL OPERATIONS ➢ ASSISTANT AD | FACILITIES & OPERATIONS LEANNA BOrdNEr TOdd KOBEr ➢ ASSOCIATE AD | SENIOR WOMAN’S ADMINISTRATOR ➢ ASSISTANT AD | MEDIA RELATIONS jANE FULTON BrAd LEdFOrd ➢ ASSOCIATE AD | ACADEMICS & LIFE SKILLS ➢ ASSISTANT AD | MARKETING & PROMOTIONS cINdy hArrIS dr. dEBBIE LINdBErg ➢ ASSOCIATE AD | CERTIFICATION & COMPLIANCE ➢ ATHLETICS FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE AArON LEETch ➢ ASSOCIATE AD |EXTERNAL OPERATIONS SOFTBALL SUPPOrT STAFF Tracie brown Paul Crawford Gina Dew Landon Evans Matt harbeck jessie hougard jan johnson Dr. jim johnson Rudy klokkenga Mike hoang Director of Events & Facilities Crew Academic Softball Strength & Asst. Equipment Facilities Crew Scoreboard Targeting PA Announcer Softball Athletic Game Operations Advisement Conditioning Coach Manager Trainer Eric Naas Mark Newton Tracy Patkunas Laurie Retzer Tim Schlosser becky Short keith Smith Adam Southwick Tessi Taylor Dave Willert Facilities Crew Assistant Director Director of Sales Softball Secretary Athletic Study Ticket Manager Operations Facilities Crew Assistant Director Facilities Crew of Marketing Center Director Manager of Compliance Two-sTraighT ncaa TournamenT appearances 16 all-americans 11 missouri valley conference championships  2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N41 41 1/29/2008 10:08:23 AM
  • illinois state university ILLINOIS STATE AcAdEmIcS Teaching is at the root of Illinois State’s heritage and that tradition grows through the efforts of the outstanding faculty in all six of Illinois State’s colleges. More than 92 ThE cOLLEgE OF FINE ArTS ➢ Award-winning actors John Malkovich and Sean Hayes both attended Illinois State. percent of Illinois State’s classes are taught by full-time faculty, most of whom have ➢ The $20 million Center for the Performing Arts includes an 830-seat concert hall the highest degree in their academic area. and a 450-seat proscenium theater to showcase student and faculty talent. ➢ School of Art photography faculty member Jin Lee was awarded the first ThE cOLLEgE OF ArTS & ScIENcES Guggenheim Fellowship in fine arts at Illinois State. ➢ The Illinois State forensics team won the 2005 American Forensics Association National Championship. mENNONITE cOLLEgE OF NUrSINg ➢ The department of economics was recently ranked fifth in the nation for teacher ➢ The college maintains a 100 percent placement rate for graduates within three quality and productivity. months of graduation. ➢ Faculty and students in the department of philosophy are engaged in research ➢ Graduates consistently pass the RN licensure exam at rates above both state and on artificial intelligence that seeks to answer questions about how close robots national averages. can come to approximating the human mind. ➢ Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner graduate sequence have a 99 percent pass rate on the American Nurses Credentialing Center national certification exam ThE cOLLEgE OF BUSINESS -- 19 percent higher than the national average. ➢ In a 21st Century version of the Oxford College model, the College of Business opened its new facility in 2004 which blends the small college campus ThE cOLLEgE OF APPLIEd ScIENcE & TEchNOLOgy environment with a corporate presence and state-of-the-art technologies. ➢ Students in the apparel merchandising and design, and interior design programs, ➢ The new McLean County Small Business Development Center, located in the went behind the scenes at some of the world’s leading design establishments College of Business, provides assistance with business strategies, finances, during a 2004 trip to London and Paris. marketing and training to Central Illinois businesses. ➢ Astronaut Sally Ride, former surgeon general Jocelyn Elders and Bill Nye, the ➢ AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has science guy, have all appeared at the college’s annual Science and Technology accredited both undergraduate and graduate programs in business and Week activities. accounting at Illinois State. ➢ Alumnus Jeff Friday is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Super Bowl XXXV Champion Baltimore Ravens. ThE cOLLEgE OF EdUcATION ➢ More Illinois State graduates teach in our nation’s schools than graduates of any BUILdINg BETTEr other institution. Excuse our dust, but, these days, only Illinois State’s reputation for quality education ➢ With Metcalf Lab School and University High School, aspiring teachers get seems to be growing as fast as its campus. The new Performing Arts Center, the practical experience on campus prior to student teaching. Kaufman Football Building, in addition to the recently completed College of Business ➢ Illinois State is one of the nation’s most respected preparers of special education Building, the Redbird Arena completion project and the remodeling of Schroeder Hall teachers. are modernizing the campus while merging the rich tradition and architecture of older structures with today’s need for high-tech education. ILLINOIS STATE UNIvErSITy ➢ dIvErSITy OF ILLINOIS STATE UNIvErSITy EdUcATION Illinois State offers 63 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. A student-faculty ratio of 19-1 means that ISU students receive a more personalized education from their teachers. ➢ EdUcATINg AmErIcA'S yOUTh Founded in 1857, Illinois State was the first public university in the state of Illinois. Over 170,000 graduates call ISU their alma mater, and with a current enrollment of 20,104, all signs  point to many more graduates coming out of Illinois State and making   significant contributions to society. 2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N42 42 1/29/2008 10:08:35 AM
  • ty off the diamond Associate Athletics Director Jane Fulton and her Redbird academic support services staff appreciate the daily student-athlete challenge to balance responsibilities because Fulton and her staff members are former college student-athletes and coaches themselves. With cOmPUTEr-AIdEd LEArNINg The study center computers contain software to help students complete assignments and access research materials. Also, self-help study techniques like self-testing programs the unbridled support of Redbird coaches and athletics administration, Fulton and her staff assist students in preparing for specific exams. help student-athletes balance the demands they face athletically, academically, socially and personally. Beyond their own caring, concern and constant availability to help, the academic support dATABASE staff’s greatest asset is the comfortable, computerized Karin Bone Study Center. That’s where The athletics study center staff has developed its own database for every student- programs like Targeting for special needs student-athletes, a four-year career development athlete at Illinois State. Coaches can monitor academic progress and keep up on a program, popular community service projects as well as counseling and assistance help student’s awards and community service activities from their offices by computer. Redbird student-athletes from all 19 sports take place daily. In addition to departmental and college on-campus academic recognition, the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll and conference scholar-athlete teams, Redbird student-athletes have PrIOrITy rEgISTrATION Early registration allows student-athletes access to classes they need. This helps achieved: them match their academic and athletic time commitments. ➢ 18 Bone Scholars (Illinois State’s top academic scholarship on campus). ➢ 39 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American honors. TArgETINg ➢ more than 2,000 hours of student-athlete community service annually. Student-athletes who enter the university are provided one-on-one academic ➢ claimed a new department grade point average in the spring of 2006 with a 2.99. assistance at the start of their college careers. This ensures a good start as well as the implementation of an academic plan that best suits each particular student-athlete. People and programs not only contribute to an outstanding Redbird student-athlete graduation rate of more than 85 percent, but also prepare them to be leaders for a lifetime. Illinois State’s Karin Bone Athletics Study Center has been the model other universities TUTOrINg The Karin Bone Athletics Study Center staff helps obtain qualified tutors to meet have tried to copy. Redbird student-athletes continually rank above the national average for specific student needs. graduation rates, and generally graduate at a higher level than non-athletes at Illinois State. With very specific programs aimed at the unique needs of the student-athlete and an extremely dedicated staff, Illinois State provides one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. rEdBIrd cOmmUNITy SErvIcE Illinois State softball student-athletes do a lot more than win games and earn AcAdEmIc AdvISEmENT degrees. They also play an active role in several community service projects. Three academic advisors from the university’s Academic Advisement Center work Nearly 80 percent of Illinois State’s student-athletes participate in community service specifically with student-athletes to ensure progress toward a degree. Those advisors projects. It is part of the athletics department’s philosophy of giving back to an area that understand the challenges confronting student-athletes as several are past Illinois State has given so much to the university, while also exposing student-athletes to the rewarding student-athletes. Julie Paska, a former volleyball all-American for the Redbirds, works directly experiences that come from helping and interacting with others. with the volleyball team. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), a group with representation from each team, has made community service a priority. The SAAC has encouraged each sport to adopt a favorite charity to serve on a regular basis. cArEEr dEvELOPmENT In many cases, Illinois State student-athletes are involved with elementary school Working with other areas of the university, academic support personnel are developing programs, particularly those that place an emphasis on reading, but Redbirds have also career preparation and career-enhancement programs. Those programs include career taken an active role in Habitat for Humanity building projects, Stay in Bounds programs at assessment assistance, resource materials, resumé writing, summer jobs in related fields, local elementary schools and the local Disadvantaged Children’s Christmas Party. internships and externships. For more information or to schedule student-athletes, contact Associate Athletics Director Jane Fulton (309/438-2750) or the softball office (309/438-3633). KArIN BONE STUdy cENTEr & cOmmUNITy SErvIcE ➢ cOmmUNITy ‘BIrdS Illinois State student-athletes performed 2,189 hours of community service in-and-around the Bloomington-Normal area during the 2006-07 academic school year. ➢ mOvIN’ ON UP The Illinois State Athletics Department’s grade-point average (GPA) was a school- record 3.03 during the fall 2007 semester.   2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N43 43 1/29/2008 10:08:45 AM
  • redbird support The newly completed 9,200-square-foot Richard and Fran Owen Strength and Conditioning Center includes state-of-the-art equipment, USA Olympic style technology and a 1,200 square-foot cardio room, which is Phase II of the on-go- With facilities to serve the more than 350 Redbird student-athletes in 19 sports, the Richard and Fran Owen Strength and Conditioning Center is the centerpiece of the Arena Completion Project. ing, four-phase Redbird Arena Completion Project. Phase I, completed in 2003, The goal of Redbird strength and conditioning is easy to describe: getting was a 22,000-foot concrete pour, plus plumbing and electrical installations for student-athletes from all sports physically prepared for peak performance. The the entire project. Phase III includes a new hospitality and meeting facility for journey for each student-athlete is much more specialized, as head strength The Redbird Club and completion of The Percy Family Redbird Athletics Hall of and conditioning coach Rohrk Cutchlow and his staff design specific programs Fame. Phase IV will entail renovation of the lower west side of Redbird Arena, to help address specific needs. With proven methods and exciting new enhancing basketball locker rooms and meeting space. resources available, Redbird strength and conditioning is committed to: Through generous support to the athletic department’s fund-raising campaign, ➢ creating individualized programs to enhance physical preparation of student- the Richard and Fran Owen Strength and Conditioning Center opened on April athletes in all 19 sports with sport-specific, position-specific plans focused on 23, 2005. The facility is over five times larger than the previous weight room and individual needs. is the largest in the Missouri Valley Conference. In addition to the quality space ➢ developing an energetic atmosphere in which all student-athletes can strive that is provided, the new strength and conditioning center is equipped with top to meet goals to enhance individual performance and contribute to team of the line equipment. championships. For more than 70 years, the Owen family and its nursery have shown the ➢ utilizing the spacious, high-tech, 9,200-square-foot Richard and Fran Owen strength to provide leadership as a business about growth. With Richard and Strength and Conditioning Center. Fran Owen’s $500,000 gift to Illinois State University Athletics for the Redbird ➢ maintaining high standards of accountability, responsibility and intensity Arena Completion Project, they showed leadership which will result in improving during training so student-athletes and staff can realize their maximum the strength and growth of student-athletes at Illinois State for many years to potential. come. rEdBIrd AThLETIc TrAININg Redbird athletes benefit from an experienced athletics training staff, top- The quality of those athletics trainers is outstanding under the direction of Dr. notch doctors and Illinois State’s excellent undergraduate athletics training Todd McLoda. The department has a wide range of local medical care providers academic program which has full accreditation from the Commission on at its disposal, including physicians at Illinois State’s Health Services, whose Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. building is one block from Illinois State’s athletic venues. Munn, along with assistant athletic trainers Kelly Haley, Karri Miller and Joe Highly-specialized physicians in Bloomington-Normal are readily accessible, Whitson, work closely with the athletic training education program in ISU’s School as are a pair of Twin City hospitals. of Kinesiology and Recreation. The Redbird softball team’s athletic training needs are under the direction of Mike Hoang, Illinois State graduate assistant athletic trainer. Hoang is in charge of all aspects of the Illinois State softball team’s athletic training needs. OwEN STrENgTh & cONdITIONINg cENTEr & AThLETIc TrAININg ILLINOIS STATE UNIvErSITy ➢ 21st cENTUry STrENgTh TrAININg Illinois State Athletics brought its strength and condition program into the 21st century April 23, 2005, with the opening of the Owen Strength and Conditioning Center. The largest in the Missouri Valley Conference, its 9,200 square feet is equipped with top-of-the-line strength equipment.    2008 Softball Media Guide - DO N44 44 1/29/2008 10:08:52 AM