Second-seeded ISU is aiming for its seventh MVC Softball Championship title.
Lindsey Greene and Brittny Drish led the way for the Redbirds with three RBI each
The alumni team features players from four different decades, including three hall of famers
ISU will play two times at Marian Kneer Stadium, four at Champion Fields and two at the Corn Crib
Track and field sweeps Athlete of the Year awards.
ISU Softball Regional Highlights
WJBC Recap - Softball MVC Championship Game
WJBC Recap - Senior Day vs. Creighton
WJBC Recap - Softball vs. Drake
WJBC Recap - Opening Day vs. Wichita State
2012: All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection...named the Most Valuable Player of the State Farm MVC Softball Championships...State Farm MVC Softball Championships All-Tournament Team honoree...posted one of the best single-seasons for a pitcher in Illinois State history by going 25-14 in the circle with a 1.59 ERA , 13 shutouts and 233 strikeouts around just 43 walks in 238.1 innings...limited opponents to a .216 batting average and tossed 29 complete games...struck out 10 or more batters on nine occasions and tossed four one-hitters...four-time MVC Pitcher of the Week honoree (Feb. 13, Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 23)...led the Valley in innings pitched (238.1), strikeouts (233) and wins (25), and finished second in the league in ERA (1.59)...won 10-straight starts from Apr. 18 - May 12...broke an ISU single-season record with her 37 starts...ranks second on ISU's single-season record list for wins (25), shutouts (13), and complete games (29), third for innings pitched (238.1) and fourth for strikeouts (233)...became just the second pitcher in school history to record more than 600 strikeouts and ranks second on Illinois State's all-time strikeout list with 641...ranks third all-time with 67 career wins and 19 career shutouts.
2011: Named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team...earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honors...led the Redbirds with 17 wins, 149.0 innings pitched, four shutouts and 163 strikeouts in the circle...struck out 10 or more batters three times and fanned a season-high 11 batters in a complete game victory vs. Northern Iowa (Apr. 9)...earned the complete-game win, allowing just three hits and notching 10 strikeouts, to clinch the MVC regular-season championship for ISU at Creighton (May 8)...recorded seven putouts and 11 assists in the field.
2010: Recorded 15 wins and eight losses in the circle for the Redbirds ... ended the season with a 3.03 ERA with three shutouts ... struck out 125 batters in 148 innings pitched ... held opponents to a .250 batting average ... added seven putouts and 11 assists on the defensive side and ended the season with a .900 fielding percentage.
2009: Recorded 10 wins and nine losses in her first season in the circle for the Redbirds...named Missouri Valley Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week twice (March 2 and April 6)...notched a career-high 12 strikeouts against Kent State (Feb. 15)...led the Redbird pitchers in strikeouts (120), ERA (2.05) and wins (10)...ranks third in all-time strikeouts per seven inning game for a season at Illinois State with 7.95 strikeouts in 105.2 innings.
Monroe HS: Played summer softball for the Lake Breeze Gold in the state of Washington ... represents the Illinois State softball team's first-ever signee from the state of Washington ... a two-sport athlete who started all four years in softball ... played volleyball freshman and sophomore year ... pitched three perfect games her junior year, which marked the first perfect games in Monroe softball history ... also pitched a Monroe single-season record four no-hitters senior year and tossed nine no-hitters total in her four-year Monroe High School career ... Monroe single-season pitching records owned: wins (23), strikeouuts (339), shutouts (14) ... Monroe career pitching records owned: wins (51), strikeouts (720), shutouts (33) ... named softball team MVP junior and senior year after earning second-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors both seasons ... Seattle Times All-Area pitcher junior and senior year ... pitched two no-hitters sophomore year en route to earning all-conference and all-area honorable mention plaudits.
Personal: Born May 28, 1990...Parents: Michael and Kristin Birch...Sibling: Megan...AFNI Honor Roll...Major: mass media.