With the late summer signing period ending this month, the University of Missouri-St. Louis women’s softball team finalized its 2013 season roster by adding to the Triton program, college transfers Alexa Harvey, Brittni Chapman, and Hannah Wessels.
The three new additions will all be on campus for the start of classes in next month, and will join UMSL’s six spring softball signees Taylor Dunne, McKenzie Halstead, Brandi Kiel, Hannah Perryman, Paige Pluester, Katie Schultz, and Allyson Luce, to give the Tritons an eight-member 2012 recruiting class.
Harvey, an Olympia, Wash., native, who played at Southwest Baptist University last year, will join UMSL as a senior, with the potential to help the Tritons as either a pitcher or corner infielder.
At SBU in 2011, Harvey was a .269 hitter, with three home runs, but did finish the year as the team leader in RBIs (19) and walks.
She also made 14 starts on the mound for the Bearcats, and had a 5-8 record, but led that team with a 2.86 earned run average.
Wessels, a local player from Hillsboro, Mo., is another versatile talent, who could potentially play either middle infield spot, or anywhere in the outfield.
She join UMSL as a junior, after playing two seasons at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill.
Wessels’ best collegiate season was her freshman year in 2011, when played nearly every game for the Lady Lakers and hit .317, with 21 RBIs, and 19 runs scored.
Last season, she was off to another hot start for Lake Land, but suffered a season-ending injury after just six games.
In high school, Wessels finished her career as one of the most decorated players in Hillsboro High School history, which included a senior year in which she led the Jefferson County Conference in hitting, and was named the 2010 JCC League MVP.
Chapman was a three-time team MVP at Belleville East High in Illinois during her high school days, and comes to UMSL, after playing one season at Division-I Morehead State.
Last year, she spent most of the season coming out of the bullpen for the Eagles, and finished the year with a 1-2 record and a 7.41 ERA in eight appearances.
As a high school senior, Chapman was all-conference, all-area, and finished with a 1.26 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 179 innings pitched.
Each of those players figures to help the Tritons immensely next season, with the club coming off a 27-25 campaign, in which many of its top players were freshmen, including all-conference and all-region selections Brianna Butler and Madison Zbaraschuk.
Head coach Brian Levin will be entering his third season as UMSL softball coach, after leading the Tritons to the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season title in 2011, and steering a club that hit 50 home runs in 52 games last year.
Traditionally, the Tritons play a light fall schedule in between workouts in September and October, then get ready for a full spring slate in February, March, April, and May.