In her collegiate debut, Alyssa Wiebel was named the MVC's softball Newcomer of the Week league office announced Monday. Wiebel's honor is the first conference weekly honor for the Redbirds since 2015.
Wiebel led the Illinois State softball team with six RBIs, two home runs, and a 1.000 slugging percentage. The freshman went 3-for-4 in her collegiate debut against No. 25 USF, driving in one run. Wiebel launched a two-run home run against No. 6 Michigan on Friday – one of only three home runs allowed by Michigan this weekend. The Van Horne, Iowa native moved into the clean-up spot in the lineup for the two remaining games of the weekend. Wiebel went 2-for-3 against Delaware with three RBIs and three runs.
In her second-consecutive weekend batting over .550, Shannon Felde was named the MVC's softball Player of the Week on Feb. 20.
Felde posted another top batting average to lead the Redbirds to a 1-1 record. She hit .571 with three RBI on four hits before the ASU Littlewood Classic was called due to rain. In her fourth-consecutive multi-hit game, the sophomore sparked the Redbirds' offense against Arizona State with one RBI. In Illinois State's historic win over No. 17 Mizzou, Felde drove in two runs to give ISU the early lead over the perennial powerhouse en route to the 7-3 win.
After beginning league play with a .700 average, Jordan de los Reyes was named the MVC's softball Player of the Week on March 20.
De los Reyes opened conference play with a bang, going 7-for-10 with a 1.100 slugging percentage. The senior led the Redbirds with seven RBI and seven hits during the week. She failed to strikeout while being walked four times at Indiana State. On Saturday alone, de los Reyes went 6-for-8 with three runs and seven RBI in the Redbirds first conference sweep since 2015. Additionally, de los Reyes slugged her 41st career home run against Indiana State to now sit only two away from the third-place spot in the ILS record book. The catcher logged 13 putouts with two assists on the week. De los Reyes' stellar weekend improved her season average to .355 while leading the team with a .671 slugging percentage.
Helping the Redbirds to a series win over Wichita State, Riley Strandgard was named the Missouri Valley Conference female Scholar-Athlete of the Week on March 28.
Strandgard led the Redbirds with six RBIs during her 5-for-11 weekend against reigning MVC Tournament Champion Wichita State. The captain slugged three extra-base hits, including a two-run home run to left field in the series finale. Strandgard plated two runs in each game of the series, while highlighting the weekend with a 3-for-5 game in Saturday's nightcap. Additionally, the junior successfully stole second in game two, eventually scoring two runs of her own to total three on the weekend. Strandgard was also perfect in the field with seven putouts and seven assists at shortstop in the series win.
Helping the Redbirds to a series sweep over Loyola, Allison Spence was named the Missouri Valley Conference female Scholar-Athlete of the Week on April 11.
Spence led the Redbirds' to a 3-0 weekend over Loyola that included a record-breaking 15-0 win on Sunday. Spence belted two of the Redbirds' eight home runs in the series finale after plating one run in Saturday's nightcap. The sophomore led the team with a 1.571 slugging percentage thanks to two solo home runs and an RBI double. Spence had a perfect outing at the plate in Sunday's contest, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs. She also drew three walks, helping her post a .700 on-base percentage. The first baseman was also perfect in the field, logging 37 putouts and two assists.
Leading the Redbirds to their third sweep of the season, Riley Strandgard was named both the MVC's softball Player of the Week and female Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Logging four-straight multi-hit games this week, Strandgard led the Redbirds with a .692 average, slugging an even 1.000. The junior capped off her 9-for-13 week with a perfect 3-for-3 appearance in the weekend finale. Strandgard drove in four runs throughout the weekend, including a two-RBI home run at Drake. The Sherrard, Illinois-native continued to steady the Redbirds, giving the team the early 1-0 lead in the second game of the series. Strandgard was also perfect in the field, logging two putouts and assisting 22 at shortstop.
Jordan de los Reyes made history by becoming career RBI record holder, not only for Illinois State but also for the Missouri Valley Conference. The senior eclipsed the 200 career hits milestone, with 206, ranking fourth all-time. De los Reyes posted one of her best weeks of the season, batting .692 with a 1.462 slugging percentage thanks to three home runs and a double. The East Moline native's 10 RBIs this week ups her career total to 174. With two intentional walks against her last week, the senior continued to dominate at the plate, extending her hitting streak to six games including two three-hit games.
De los Reyes drove in five runs on two home run in Wednesday's nightcap versus Bradley, including a two-out, three-RBI dinger for the career record. Her success continued into the weekend against Missouri State, going 4-for-8 with one home run and five RBIs. De los Reyes caught all five Redbird wins behind the plate, logging 14 outs and three assists with a perfect fielding percentage.
Sarah Finck led the Redbirds in the circle, recording four wins and a save in the five games during the week. The junior tossed 23.0 complete innings, giving up only five runs in three games. The Redbirds' ace owns a 9-0 record in her last 11 appearances, closing out the remaining two games with scoreless innings. Following her 1.52 ERA week, Finck's season average continues to drop, sitting ninth among active Valley pitchers this season. Finck also recorded 13 assists from the circle contributing to the team's five wins.
For the second week in a row, Jordan de los Reyes was named the MVC's softball Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on May 1.
For the second week in a row, Jordan de los Reyes made history as the Illinois State career home run record holder, totaling 54 home runs - four away from the Missouri Valley record. The senior belted at least one home run in each game last week, recording an astounding 2.375 slugging percentage. During her 6-for-8 week, the Moline-native drove in 14 RBIs off five extra-base hits and three sac-flies. De los Reyes upped her 2017 total to 66 RBIs, surpassing the Illinois State single-season record by 10. The senior began the week with two sacrifice hits and a two-run home run at Bradley. De los Reyes continued to dominate at the plate, driving in five runs in each game at Evansville. She was a perfect 3-for-3 in game one with one home run and a double before going 2-for-3 with her record-breaking home runs. The catcher was also perfect behind the plate, logging 11 outs and one assist.