Made an appearance in all 41 games for the Redbirds … Named to the All-MVC First Team … NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team pick … Earned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team honors … Led the team in batting average (.425), runs scored (36), doubles (8), triples (2), home runs (10), RBIs (38) and walks (26) … Single season batting average ranks third all-time at ISU … Finished in the top five in the MVC in all major statistical categories … Logged a team-leading 18 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games … Ended the season on a 26-game reached base streak … Ranked 27th nationally in on-base percentage (.532) and 34th in batting average Posted an 11-4 recorded in the circle with a 3.33 ERA … Tossed nine complete games with six shutouts and one save … Struck out 80 batters in 21 appearances and 17 starts in 100.0 innings of work.
Started in all 20 games she was available for the Redbirds during her sophomore season, leading the team in batting average (.443), runs scored (19), doubles (10) and total bases (63) … Named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for her success in the classroom … Launched her first career long ball in a 9-3 season-opening win at USF (Feb. 6), finishing the year tied with a team best of six … Led the team with a .900 slugging percentage and .481 on base percentage, while turning in a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage … Led the Valley in doubles, while ranking No. 14 in the nation … Her 63 total bases was the 24th most in NCAA Division I and led the MVC by 13 … Logged a team-leading 11 multi-hit games, while turning in a trio of multi-RBI games … Ended the season on team-best 13 game hitting streak … Made 12 appearances in the circle for ISU, turning in a 3-2 record with a shutout … Fanned a career-high four batters in a win over Austin Peay (Feb. 29) … Shortened season due to COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of events and championships by the NCAA.
Appeared in 26 games for the Redbirds as a true freshman, including 18 in the circle … Recognized as the MVC’s Newcomer of the Week on March 11 for her performance at the FAU/FIU Parents’ Weekend Tournament … Earned three starts in the circle, pitching her first career complete game versus Florida Atlantic (March 10) … Fanned a season-best three batters on four occasions … Posted a batting average of .300, going 15-for-50 at the dish with five runs scored and a double … Scored her first career run against LIU Brooklyn (March 9) … Tallied her first career hit versus Central Michigan (Feb. 15) as the designated player … Turned in three multi-hit games, including a season-best three hit outing against LIU Brooklyn (March 9).
Earned four varsity letters as pitcher at Normal Community … Four-time unanimous Big 12 first-team selection … Earned Second-Team All-State honors in 2018 (Class 4-A) … Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 … Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2018 … Three-time Big 12 Scholar-Athlete award winner … Named to the ICA all-state team as a junior … Selected as team MVP as a sophomore and a senior … Honored as the WJBC High School Athlete of the Week on April 18, 2016 … Batted .506 and slugged .899 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs as a junior … Recorded a 1.13 ERA as a sophomore …Logged 24 home runs and 129 RBIs through three seasons at Normal Community … Also plays first base and pitches for BGNSA Avanti’s Angels … 2017 ASA Northern National Champions and State Champions … Four-time USSSA State Champion … Three-time ASA State Champion 2016-2018 … Improved her ERA from 2.68 in 2015, to 1.59 in 2016 and 1.17 in 2017 … Drove in 100 runs in the last two seasons … Batted .481 and slugged .669 in 2017 … Garnered high honors every semester.
Mackenzie Lee Leonard is the daughter of the late Kenneth Leonard, Jr. and Lana Leonard … Younger sister to Machayla … Father, Kenneth, competed in track & field at Illinois State from 1989-1993 … Was the 1991 MVC Champion in the decathlon and runner-up in 1992 and 1993 … Mother, Lana, played softball for Coach Fischer at Illinois State from 1989-1993 … Sister, Machayla, played volleyball at Illinois State … Born Sept. 27, 1999 in Bloomington, Illinois … Plans to pursue a career in math or science.