Texas-native Mary Stephens talks about playing at the UTSA Classic this weekend
-All-MVC Second Team (2013)
Stephens is an outstanding defensive first baseman with great game sense, who brings power and consistency at the plate.
Stephens suffered a season-ending injury on the first defensive play of the season at Georgia Tech (Feb. 8) ... recorded a hit in each game of the doubleheader at GT on opening day and scored a run in the MSU win in game two ... was a preseason All-MVC selection.
Stephens played in 51 of the Bears' 52 games and started 47 times en route to an All-MVC second team selection ... had 47 hits and 25 RBI, second-most on the team ... led the team with four three-hit games and had 13 multi-hit games on the year ... her 19 base hits with runners in scoring position was the most by any Bear in 2013 ... hit .309 with five doubles and a home run, a two-run shot against Boise State on her birthday (Feb. 15) ... lined a two-run single down the left field line against Coastal Carolina (Feb. 8) for first career hit ... had seven hits, drove in four runs and scored twice in the first three games of the UTSA Classic (Feb. 15-16) ... went 3-for-3 and walked once with three RBI and two runs scored in win over Toledo (Feb. 23) ... hit safely in nine of ten games from March 12 through March 29 including four multi-hit outings ... recorded a hit in eight of her first nine conference games ... ended the season on a six-game hitting streak.
Stephens started all four years at Wylie High for head coach Heather Damron ... her junior season, she set her school's record with 19 home runs, while batting .570 and driving in 74 runs ... was an all-state selection and 4A District MVP her junior and senior seasons ... led her team to a District 4A runner-up finish as a senior while earning team co-MVP and academic all-state honors ... named Offensive Player of the Year and DFW Player of the Week as a junior and was among the leaders in doubles, triples, home runs and RBI in the 4A district ... earned academic all-district honors her sophomore and junior years ... named to the all-district second team as a sophomore after batting .375 ... as a freshman, she was named District 8-5A Newcomer of the Year after hitting .346 and adding 16 RBI.
Mary Kathryn Stephens is the daughter of Grecha and Jeff Stephens ... born February 15, 1994, in Dallas, Texas ... has one brother, Korey ... is a sport administration major at Missouri State.