#8 Katie Sears
Katie Sears Image
Height: 5-4
Class: SR
Position: OF
Major: MBA
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Previous School: Evansville/Mother McAuley


2014 (at SXU):  National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Great Lakes All-Region Second Team selection ... Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Tournament Team selection ... All-CCAC First Team selection ... played in 52 of team's 57 games with 51 starts ... hit .366 (64-for-175) and was the team leader in hits and second in at-bats and batting average ... recorded eight doubles, one triple and one home run ... scored a team-high 43 runs and had 25 RBI ... collected a team-best tying 77 total bases ... second in slugging percentage at .440 and tied for second with a .400 on-base percentage ... drew nine walks and was hit-by-pitch once ... had eight sacrifice hits ... team leader in stolen bases and attempts (20-for-21) ... made 56 putouts with one assist and only three errors for a .950 fielding percentage.

2013:  Did not play due to NCAA transfer rules.

2012 (at Evansville):  Played in 54 of team's 55 games with 52 starts ... second on team with a .308 batting average (49-for-159) ... had a team-best four triples and also four doubles ... scored a team-high 26 runs and also had 14 RBI ... second on the team with 21 walks ... had a team-high six hit-by-pitches ... had a .409 on-base percentage (second on team) ... had a team-best 16 stolen bases ... had 32 putouts and two assists ... made one start in the circle, but did not throw a pitch.

2011 (at Evansville):  Played in 47 of team's 54 games with 43 starts as a freshman ... second on the team with a .294 batting average (37-for-126) ... also had two doubles and two triples ... scored 22 runs (second best on team) and had five RBI ... had a team-best 11 stolen bases ... had 18 putouts and one assist ... made three appearances in the circle and had a 0-1 record ... had two walks, two strikesouts and an era of 2.33 in three innings of work.

Prep:  Played softball at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago, Ill.

Date of Birth:  Nov. 29, 1991 ... Parents:  Mike and Liz Sears

Roster for 2015 Softball Team
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.HometownPrevious School
1Megan JamesSRCL/R5-4Oak Forest, Ill.Marist
2Holly HildenSRC/1BR/R5-5Belvidere, Ill.Belvidere North
3Savannah KinsellaSO2B/SSR/R5-7Munster, Ind.Andrean
5Nicole NonnemacherJRPL/R5-7Bloomington, Ill.Normal Community
6Alex BahnerSRCR/R5-8Rochester Hills, Mich.Adams
7Kasey KanagaJROF/2BL/R5-3Metamora, Ill.Metamora
8Katie SearsSROFL/L5-4Chicago, Ill.Evansville/Mother McAuley
9Erin HoulihanSROFR/R5-4Tinley Park, Ill.Lincoln-Way North
10Rebeka FergusonJRSSL/R5-9Chatham, Ill.IPFW/Heartland CC/Glenwood
11Shannon LauretSROFR/R5-6Beach Park, Ill.Zion-Benton
12Callie BrownSOP/OFR/R5-6West Des Moines, IowaValley
13Caroline KuzelFRP/OFL/R5-9Orland Park, Ill.Sandburg
16Samantha SaundersSR2BR/R5-4Burbank, Ill.Reavis
19Denise AndersonJROFL/R5-5Arvada, Colo.Ralston Valley
21Jessica ArebaloJRCR/R5-4Palos Heights, Ill.Kankakee CC/Stagg
23Amanda HainlenSR1BR/R6-0Bloomington, Ill.Heartland CC/Bloomington
26Sarah SaundersSR3BR/R5-4Burbank, Ill.Reavis
31Franchesca GraffeoSO3BR/R5-3Crestwood, Ill.Shepard
Myra Minuskin Image
Head Coach
15th season
Erin Mollohan Image
Assistant Coach
3rd season