Lyndsay Butler, pitcher and junior on the Wayne State women’s softball team, starts a new chapter in the Warrior history books by breaking the all-time strikeout record during last Friday’s game in a staggering 4-1 win over Georgia College.
Butler, number 6, beat the record by racking up a total of 650 strikeouts during last Friday’s game. The previous record was set by WSU alumna Casey Hanes, who recorded 649 strikeouts in 2009 and 2010.
Lyndsay also has major accomplishments throughout the GLIAC conference including fewest walks allowed and saves per seven innings. She’s an eight-time GLIAC Pitcher of the Week and became an All-American last year.
Butler was exposed to baseball originally, after her older brother kept her around the diamond as a young girl. After her parents noticed her passion for baseball, she said they later decided it was time to try softball, which she soon grew to love. She did not start off as a pitcher, but with her growing athleticism and understanding of the game, she soon was up to take the mound as a pitcher.
“My parents are a huge influence,” Butler said. “I see them working hard all the time and working for their goals and I think that gets passed down.”
Butler first came to WSU after being recruited by head coach Gary Bryce from Cambridge, Ontario during a summer tournament in Toronto. She said she decided to attend WSU after she learned what programs the school has to offer.
Upon her arrival to campus, Butler decided to become a Psychology major. However, she soon realized working with children with special needs was her passion. Butler does not necessarily want to work in a school setting, but is looking to aid children in any way possible.
While dominating the diamond, Butler is also recognized as one of the athletes that made the Athletic Director Honor Roll, a GPA of 3.5 or better.
Between training in the morning and practicing in the evening, Butler also juggles time between a job and her classes.
On Mondays and Wednesdays the Warriors have strength and conditioning training, and then again on Thursdays and Fridays, at 7 a.m. Then in the evening, they practice for over two hours. During her time away from practice, she works in the Matthaei Building’s front office three days a week while knocking out her homework and studying during the facility’s downtime.
Butler does not find it too hard to stay balanced as a student athlete. She’s off two days a week where she makes sure to take advantage of by spending time with her family, with her boyfriend, and with her friends. She also tries to support the other athletic programs by attending any games that she can.
Butler said that as a Warrior athlete, she has learned time management, to work well with other people and to be a team player.
“You do not realize how much playing a sport helps you on and off the field,” Butler said. “The adrenaline rush that you get while playing helps you to keep your mind off of school. I do not know where I will would be without softball.”
She hopes to continue to give back to WSU athletics by staying motivated and focused during the short amount of time she has as Warrior and to not let anything slip away from her while continuing to strive for greatness not only a player, but also as a student.
“I just want to do the best that I can,” Butler said. “I’m only here for a certain amount of years so I don’t want to waste it.”
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