Spartans take on nine NCAA Tournament teams from 2017
Academic honors acknowledge Spartan standouts
In total, 141 Spartans earn a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The Spartans were one of four teams to place multiple athletes on the three Academic All-America teams.
Echols Delivers Two RBI Doubles
The 2017 MSU Softball season kicks off on Friday, Feb. 10. Eighteen Spartans make up this year's team.
CAREER RECORDS (MSU):
JUNIOR (2017) : Second Team NFCA All-America ... Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America ... First Team All-Big Ten ... First Team NFCA Great Lakes Region selection ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ...Big Ten All-Tournament Team ... Led the Big Ten in doubles (26), runs (70), total bases (144) and hit by pitch (20), ranked second in slugging (.796), third on-base percentage (.520), fourth in hits (72), sixth in batting average (.398) and seventh in RBI (49) ... Nationally, led the country in doubles, ranked second in doubles per game (0.45) and runs scored per contest (1.21), was fourth in total bases (144), 21st in slugging percentage (.796), and 23rd in on-base percentage (.520) ... Established new single-season MSU records in doubles (26), runs scored (70), and extra-base hits (42). Her .398 average was seventh all-time in a single season at MSU, while her 14 homers ranks second, 72 base hits ranks sixth, her 49 RBI is fifth, and 72 base hits is sixth ... Went a combined 8-for-15 at the FAU Invitational, with multiple-hit efforts in the first three contests ... 3-for-4 with a triple in the opener vs. North Florida (2/10) ... Was 2-for-4 with two rbi and a double vs. Troy (2/11), and added a 3-for-4 outing in the nightcap with a pair of doubles vs. NC State (2/10) ... Put together a four-game hitting streak in the Madiera Beach Invitational: kicked it off with two walks vs. Villanova (2/17) and went 2-for-4 with a home and three RBI vs. UAB in the nightcap ... Went 1-for-3 with a double vs. SIU (2/18) and 2-for-2 with a double, three walks, and four runs scored vs. North Dakota (2/18) ... Wrapped the tournament with a 1-for-2 effort with a walk and grand slam vs. Robert Morris (2/19) ... Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Feb. 27 after hitting .625 in the LMU series (2/24-26) with a pair of doubles, a triple, a homer, and five RBI ... Contributed two doubles and five hits in the games at the Georgia Bulldog Invitational (3/4-5), where she was hit by a pitch four times and had a pair of doubles ... Smacked a two-run homer at Georgia Tech (3/8) ... Started the KSU Owl Invitational with a 1-for-3 effort vs. ETSU, which included a double, three RBI, and a run scored ... Went 2-for-4 in each of two games vs. host KSU, totaling four RBI and posting her sixth and seventh homers of the season ... Smacked her eighth homer of the season at Notre Dame (3/22) ...Had three hits and scored three runs in the Purdue series (3/24-25) ... Went 4-for-7 in the Maryland series with three doubles, three runs scored, and a pair of walks (3/31-4/2) ... Hit a three-run homer in the second game of the series against Penn State (4/8), ending the game due to run rule ... Went 1-for-3 with an RBI at Michigan (4/12) ... Went 4-for-11 in the B1G series against Illinois, with a home run (4/14-15) ... Walked twice - once intentionally - vs. Michigan (4/18) ... Went 2-for-3 in the middle game vs. Ohio State, with a double and three runs scored ... Went 2-for-3 with a homer, double, and four RBI in a romp over Eastern Michigan (4/25) ... Hit her 18th double of the season in a tough loss at CMU (4/26) ... Had a big weekend at Rutgers (4/28-30), going 7-for-11 with six runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, and three homers ... Had her 21 double of the season in the Indiana finale (5/8) ... Hit .600 in the Big Ten Tournament with three doubles and four RBI, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team ... Was 2-for-5 in the NISC opener vs. Murray State (5/16), and a 1-for-3 effort with two runs scored and a walk in the win over IUPUI (5/17) ... Delivered a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI in an elimination game win vs. Murray State (5/17) ...
SOPHOMORE (2016): CoSIDA Academic All-District Selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Only player to appear in and/or start all 55 games of the season ... Ranked third on the team and 14th in the Big Ten with a .364 hitting percentage, which was good for 19th in a single season at MSU ... Ranked in the Big Ten in runs scored (47, 11th), hits (64, 10th), and doubles (15, fifth), all which led the Spartans, while ranking second on the team and tied for sixth in the B1G with three triples ... Her 24 extra-base hits was seventh all-time at MSU for a single season ... Her 47 runs scored is fourth all-time in a single season at MSU, three spots ahead of the 41 she scored as a freshman ... Added a career-best six home runs and added 23 RBI ... Opened the season with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with a double in a 3-2 win over Middle Tennessee (2/12) ... Hit .357 with two doubles, a walk, a stolen base, and a pair of sacrifice hits in the Kickoff Classic at FGCU overall, which included a 2-for-2 performance in the finale vs. Memphis (2/14) ... Extended her hitting streak to six games with at least one hit in every game at the Littlewood Classic, going a combined 11-for-19 (.579) with four RBI and a run scored in the five games ... Had two hits in both games vs. Northern Iowa and also against Memphis, and then capped the tournament with a 4-for-4 performance vs. Illinois State, tying her career best for hits in a game (2/21) ... Hit a scorching .533 (8-for-15) at the Gamecock Invitational, which included 3-for-4 effort against South Carolina with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored ... Went 3-for-4 in the first game against Connecticut (3/6), and smacked her second home run of the weekend in the second game against the Huskies, posting a pair of RBI ... Hit .415 at the Holy City Showdown at the College of Charleston, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base in the opener against Charleston Southern (3/11) ... Had a pair of 1-for-4 performances vs. both Chattanooga (3/11) and Columbia (3/12) ... Wrapped up the Holy City Showdown with a 3-for-3 effort against the host school (3/13), smacking two doubles, a triple, four RBI, and walking once ... Hit her third and fourth home runs of the season to tie the school single-game home run record vs. Western Illinois (3/20) ...Went 1-for-r with a pair of runs scored and a double in the Hoosier Classic finale vs. UIC (3/20) ... Went 2-for-4 against Western Michigan (3/29), scoring twice ... Smacked a pair of doubles in MSU's win over Central Michigan (3/30) ... Had a pair of hits, including a double, in the Penn State series (4/1-2) ... Hit.333 in the Maryland series with a walk ... Had three hits and an RBI in the series win over Indiana (4/15-17) ... Went 1-for-3 in a walkoff win over Eastern Michigan (4/27) ... Smacked a pair of doubles in the Rutgers series (4/29-5/1) and scored twice ...
FRESHMAN (2015): Second-Team All-Big Ten ... Played all 55 games, starting 54 - 52 of which came in center field ... Ranked second on the team in batting average (.339), fifth in the Big Ten among first-year players ... Led the Spartans in runs scored (41), hits (59), doubles (12), triples (5), extra base hits (20), multiple-hit games (17), total bases (90) and hit by pitch (14) ... Led the Big Ten in triples, was second in hit by pitch, and ranked 13th in the league in plate appearances (211) ... Ranked sixth in a single-season at MSU in triples, and her 41 runs scored is good for sixth in the MSU single-season annals ... Also had eight multiple-RBI games ... Made her collegiate debut as a pinch hitter in the season opener vs. Akron (2/6), delivering a single ... Made her first career start against Rhode Island (2/6) as the DP, and went 1-for-4 with a double ... Had her first career multiple-hit game against Morehead State (2/7), going 2-for-3 and scoring a pair of runs ... Had a five-game streak with a hit, which included multiple-hit games against Morehead State and Providence (2/7), where she went 2-for-3, with a pair of stolen bases ... Scored once and had a sacrifice bunt in a win over No. 22 Tulsa (2/13), snapping her hit streak ... Started all five games at the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament in center field ... Had a pair of hits, going 2-for-3 with a double, in a loss to Florida Atlantic (2/14) ... Smacked a bases-clearing double and advanced home on a bad throw for three RBI in a 9-2 win over Utah State (2/20) ... Launched a rocket over the wall in right center vs. UC Riverside (2/20) for her first career home run ... Went 2-for-4 in an extra-inning loss to San Diego (2/21), with both RBI and a stolen base ... Went 1-for-4 in a win over FIU (2/28) ... Tied her career best with four putouts in a tough loss to Ole Miss (2/28) ... Had her first career triple to lead off the game in a 4-3 win over Bradley (3/7) ... Went 2-for-4 in the second game against Bradley (3/8) knocking in a pair of runs in an extra-inning 7-5 victory ... Smacked two hits in a 7-3 win over Youngstown State (3/13) ... Had three two-hit games at the Mercer Bears Classic (3/13-15), against Youngstown State (2-for-4, with a stolen base), in game one against Alabama A&M (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, triple), and the second game against the Bulldogs (3-for-3, 2 RBI) ... Had one hit in the first and final games of the Nebraska series, scoring twice (3/20-22) ... Went 3-for-5 in the second game of a doubleheader with Penn State (3/28), including a double and a stolen base ... Tied her career best with three hits at Rutgers (4/4), with two doubles and a home run ... Added two hits in the series finale against the Scarlet Knights (4/5) ... Had a season-best four hits in five at-bats against Eastern Michigan (4/14), contributing a pair of doubles ... Hit .500 in the Minnesota series (4/17-19), coming up with three hits in each of the first and last games with a pair of doubles ... Went 2-for-3 at Michigan with an RBI and a double ... Went 4-for-10 in the Indiana series (4/22-24), tallying three RBI ... Made a highlight-reel catch against the Hoosiers that was an ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 play ... Ended the season on a four-game hitting streak, (4/29-5/3) scoring four runs with a triple and four walks against Maryland.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for coach Tom Hamilton in softball at Portage Central ... Jean Smith Female Athlete of the Year, and also won a community service award and graduated with Platinum high honors ... Was a Derek Jeter Scholar ... Helped the Mustangs to conference, district and regional championships as a senior, falling in the state championship game ... Portage won four straight conference championships during her time on the squad ... Earned All-Conference and all-district regions in all four varsity seasons, was an all-region pick three times, and an all-state selection as a junior and senior... Lettered in basketball for three years ... two-time team captain in basketball.
CLUB: Played for Kevin Stephens on the Beverly Bandits Team Premier 18u ... Helped her squad to Canada Cup and Dimarini Championships in 2014, and to a seventh place finish at the TCS/Triple Crown Nationals in 2013 ... Led her team to a 13th place finish at PGF Nationals in 2013 ... Led the 16u team to a 16th place finish at the Boulder, CO Independence Day tournament in 2011 ... Helped the 16u team to a 14th place showing at the 2011 PGF Nationals.
PERSONAL: Born November 10, 1995, to parents Brett and Amy ... Father played football for Saginaw Valley State University ... Older sister, Kala, plays softball at Aquinas College ... also has two younger sisters, Amber and Breliegh ... Majoring in Kinesiology .