Four softball players made the All-GLVC West Division first team including (from left) freshman Brianna Butler, junior Leslie Davis, freshman Madison Zbaraschuk and senior Erin Driskell. (Photos by Danny Reise)

One-third of the players selected to the 2012 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division first team wore University of Missouri–St. Louis Tritons red and gold. Freshman first baseman Brianna Butler and junior designated player Leslie Davis led the way as unanimous selections, while freshman catcher Madison Zbaraschuk and senior outfielder Erin Driskell also made the team.

Butler led the Tritons in nearly every offensive category this season, batting .404 with 65 hits, including 10 home runs and 12 doubles, 45 RBIs and 30 runs scored. She finished her first collegiate season with the program’s fifth highest single season batting average, while her hits total ranks as the sixth best. Her RBIs were fifth best, while her total bases (107) and home runs were both fourth on the charts.

In GLVC-only games, Butler batted a league third best .396 and finished fourth with 42 hits, including seven doubles and six home runs. She also recorded 27 RBIs and scored 21 runs in 34 conference contests.

Davis earns All-GLVC honors for the second straight season after being a second team selection last year. She finished the season with 28 hits, including nine home runs, 18 RBIs and 25 runs scored. As a pitcher, Davis posted a 9-10 record with a 3.41 ERA and recorded 79 strikeouts in 108.2 innings pitched. Her 18 career home runs ranks as the third best in program history, while her 26 wins in the circle is ninth best, and she ranks eighth all-time in career strikeouts with 185.

In GLVC-only contests, Davis recorded 21 hits, including seven home runs, 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored. She was 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA, striking out 58 as a pitcher.

Zbaraschuk also had an impressive freshman campaign, batting .336 and leading the team with 13 doubles. She tallied 50 hits, including nine home runs and finished with 42 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Zbaraschuk’s nine home runs ranks as the eighth best single season total, while her RBIs are the sixth most.

In GLVC-only contests, she batted .343 with 35 hits, including 10 doubles and seven home runs. Zbaraschuk also recorded 29 RBIs and scored 17 runs.

Driskell is also a two-time All-GLVC pick, earning third team accolades last season. She set a single season record with 30 stolen bases, while tying the school record of 45. Driskell, who was safe on 30 of 32 stolen bases attempts, also batted .326 and finished second on the team with 57 hits and 29 runs scored.

In GLVC-only games, Driskell posted a batting average of .330, recording 37 hits and scoring 19 runs. She finished fourth in the league with 19 stolen bases.

UMSL finished the season with a 27-25 record, including a 16-18 GLVC mark.

Mary Ann Mitchell

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