Redbirds named to MVC scholar-athlete teams
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[May 22, 2012] ST.
LOUIS -- Three Illinois State softball players were named to Missouri
Valley Conference scholar-athlete teams, as announced by the league
office Monday afternoon. Seniors Caiti Kopp and Megan Warner earned
spots on the scholar-athlete first team, while junior Lauren Kellar
was named an honorable mention.
Kopp hit .209 for the Redbirds this season with five doubles, a
triple and 20 RBIs. This year's selection marks the second MVC
Scholar-Athlete First Team honor for the native of Normal who
started 58 of ISU's 60 games this season. Kopp posted a perfect
1.000 fielding position as a catcher this season and threw out 14
opposing base runners. In the classroom, Kopp was named an Illinois
State Bone Scholar in 2011 and owns an impressive 3.96 grade-point
average in anthropology.
Warner is making her third appearance on the MVC Scholar-Athlete
First Team. Southern Illinois' Mallory Duran-Sellers also earned her
third first-team honor, making the duo just the 20th and 21st
players in league history to be named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete
First Team in each season of eligibility. Warner finished her senior
campaign with a 9-8 record and a 3.99 ERA inside the circle. The
Milan native tossed 112 1-3 innings for Illinois State and
recorded 51 strikeouts. Warner boasts a 3.82 GPA in exercise science
and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 First Team
earlier this season.
Kellar is making her first appearance on a MVC scholar-athlete team
after hitting .298 with a team-best three triples and 12 stolen
bases. The junior outfielder also tallied seven doubles, three
homers and 10 RBIs, and she led all Redbird outfielders with seven
defensive assists. The Colfax native posted a 3.75 GPA in
early childhood education.
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Illinois State ended its season with an overall record of 37-23,
claimed the 2012 State Farm MVC Softball Championship title and
advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive
season. The Redbirds advanced to the NCAA regional final for the
first time since 2007, before bowing out to eventual regional
champion No. 9 Missouri.
news release received from Lauren McLaughlin, graduate
assistant, athletics communications, Illinois State University]