Freshman Erin Struemph began and ended the game with a strikeout, racking up a career high 11 in the Bears' win
-MVC Most Courageous Award (2014-15)
Alvstad is working hard to get back her fitness level. She is an emotionally uplifting player to have back around the team.
Alvstad missed the entire 2014-15 academic school year on a journey to beat acute myeloid leukemia ... was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 1, 2014, and four days later was diagnosed with AML ... began chemotherapy treatment on Sept. 9 and received a successful bone marrow transplant on Dec. 19 ... was a recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Most Courageous Award ... after a long battle to full recovery, Alvstad returned to Missouri State in the summer of 2015 to resume classes and begin workouts in preparation to rejoin the softball team for the 2016 season.
Alvstad played in 29 games and was pencilled into the starting lineup on nine occasions ... drove in her first career run with an RBI groundout against Alabama A&M (Feb. 21) ... her first career hit was an RBI single against Bradley (March 15), she scored later in the inning ... drove in two runs with a pinch hit single in win over Southern Illinois (March 29) ... singled and drew a walk at Arkansas (April 1) ... walked and scored and later singled in Bears' win at Loyola (April 7) ... had a pinch-hit single in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals against Bradley (May 8).
Alvstad was a four-year starter and letterwinner behind the plate for head coach Joy Marie Galliart at Bixby High ... as a senior, she earned all-state, all-region and all-district honors with the Spartans ... her team won the Silver Division of the Springfield Invitational in September 2012 ... took home all-district first team honors as a junior ... earned Frontier Conference first team honors as a sophomore ... was awarded Freshman of the Year from the Frontier Conference in 2009 ... in 2011, she helped her Diamond Girls team to a first-place finish in the Colorado Fireworks ... was the recipient of her school's Wendy's High School Heisman award ... also played basketball for four seasons at Bixby High.
Alexandra DeAn Alvstad is the daughter of Kristin Shaw and Mike Alvstad ... born November 14, 1994, in Tulsa, Okla. ... has one brother, Zack ... is a exercise and movement science major at Missouri State.