Triad grad is honorable mention softball All-American

News-DemocratMay 23, 2014 

University of Missouri-St. Louis junior softball standout Brianna Butler, a Triad High graduate, has been named an honorable mention All-American by Daktronics, Inc.

Butler started all 57 games and hit .329 with a school-record 14 home runs. She also led the team with 45 RBIs and had 13 doubles among her 55 hits.

The 14 home runs ranked 32nd among all NCAA Division II players and Butler is UMSL's all-time home run leader with 32 in her career.

Butler also led the squad with a .659 slugging percentage and a .446 on-base percentage.

She was a second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference election this season after being a first-team honoree as a freshman and a sophomore

Butler also earned first team All-Midwest Region honors by Daktronics, Inc., and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) this season.

Former Belleville East pitcher Brittni Chapman was 19-2 this season for UMSL with a 1.57 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings.

Butler becomes the fifth player in program history to earn All-America honors, and the second this season, joining teammate and two-time honoree Hannah Perryman.

Perryman was tabbed as Second Team All-American by the NFCA earlier this week.

UMSL posted a program-best 49-8 record this season, advancing to the NCAA Midwest Super Regional before losing to Wayne State.

* Former O'Fallon High catcher Austin Bossart earned first-team All-Ivy League honors this spring as a junior for the University of Pennsylvania.

Bossart hit .297 in 41 games at Penn, including 10 doubles, four home runs and 19 RBIs. He also had 29 runs scored, 47 hits and a team-leading .397 on-base percentage.

Bossart also was the Ivy League Player of the Week in late April. He was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection as a sophomore last spring.

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