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Photo courtesy of goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – Saturday saw the Redbirds host conference-rival Northern Iowa in doubleheader action. Illinois State won game one in comeback fashion, while game two ended after five innings in a blowout. In game one, the ‘Birds fell down 4-2 after five-and-a-half innings. In the bottom of the sixth, though, ISU […]

NORMAL, Ill.- The Illinois State Softball team hosted their I-74 rivals, the Bradley Braves in a double-header. After a tough 3-2 loss to Southern Illinois on Sunday, the Redbirds bounced back on Thursday afternoon, beating the braves not once, but twice in a double-header sweep. The Redbirds shut out the braves in both games, winning […]

Image courtesy of goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State Redbirds softball team captured an impressive win against the DePaul Blue Demons Tuesday with a score of 7-2. The Redbirds recorded nine hits on the day. Mack Leonard and Emme Olson led the way with two hits each. Pitcher Morgan Day was impressive as well, […]

Photo courtesy of ISU Athletics  NORMAL, Ill. – Scoring runs and stealing bases aren’t the only things Michele Calabrese can do. Calabrese, a junior utility player for the ISU softball team, is a teaching assistant for professor Erik Rankin. She helps teach his “POL 106 – United States Government and Civic Practices” class. After starting […]

Photo courtesy goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – National Signing Day will bring a new flock of redbirds to campus this fall. The women’s basketball program received National Letters of Intent from Lexi Boles (Forward/Center from Des Moines, Iowa), Kenzie Bowers (Guard from Kent City, Mich.), Lauren Cohen (Guard from Wheaton, Ill.) and Chloe Van Zeeland (Forward […]

Photo courtesy: goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – Even though she grew up in the Hawkeye state, Alyssa Wiebel felt at home when she came to Normal. “I wanted to compete in softball at the highest caliber of play possible. ISU gave me the amazing opportunity to do that,” said Wiebel. “Everything just fit together perfectly: the […]

Photo courtesy: goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – No matter if it’s on the field or off the field, Taylor Vanderpool is surrounded by statistics. The Statistics major in the classroom has been playing softball since she was seven years old. She was also a three-sport athlete but wanted to pursue softball at the collegiate level since […]

Photo courtesy: goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – Multiple Redbird softball players were named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes Thursday morning. Mack Leonard and Emme Olson earned First Team honors while Alyssa Wiebel and Andrea Coursey received honorable mentions. Leonard posted a team-high .433 batting average in 20 games played this season with 19 runs and 10 doubles, […]

Photo courtesy: goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – Life is full of a bunch of firsts and Kadi Borries got the opportunity to experience another first during her senior season. She made her collegiate debut in the pitcher’s circle against the LSU Tigers, despite playing her first three seasons for the Redbirds in the outfield. Although it […]

Photo courtesy: goredbirds.com NORMAL, Ill. – While most athletes aim to make history on the field softball infielder, Anni Borries made history before she even stepped on campus. Anni and her sister Kadi became the first pair of twins to play for the Illinois State Redbirds Softball team. Borries knew it would be difficult for […]