Western mourns the death of former student-athlete

By Matthew Hunt

October 23, 2012

[caption id="attachment_13159" align="alignnone" width="300"] Brittany Douglas is a MWSU graduate. Photo contributed by GoGriffons.[/caption] Brittany Toshene Douglas, former griffon softball player from 2008-2011, died on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. She graduated from Missouri Western in the fall of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in recreation sport management. Douglas was also active in the community as she was named the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Volunteer of the Year for the 2010-2011 season and also served the organization in many leadership roles. Douglas came to Western from St. Louis and had an outstanding career for the Griffons as an outfielder. As a senior, she was named to the NFCA Daktronics Second Team All-South Central Region squad and was also named First Team All-MIAA two times  in her career. In 2011, she was named softball's Female Athlete of the Year. To see the video shown at the sports banquet in 2011, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhaE2WRm3gs&feature=player_embedded . In her final season, she helped the Griffon softball team earn a share in the MIAA Regular Season Title for the first time in Western's history. Douglas finished her career with a total of 209 games played, 605 at bats, .317 batting average, 192 hits, 30 doubles, 101 rbis, 40 stolen bases, 128 runs scored and 30 home runs; she ranks second on Western's career home run list and ranks in the top ten in several other categories. Along with her career record breaking results, she was viewed by her teammates as a person of respect and kindness. Maegan Roemmich, Griffon softball teammate, said she was able to play with Douglas for two years and spent time with her over years. She said Douglas would do anything for anyone and always had a good time. "She loved to play jokes on people," Roemmich said. "She also had a great sense of humor." The death of Douglas has had an impact on Griffon softball coach Jen Bagley, who had a close relationship with the former player. Bagley told gogriffons.com that "Britt was an incredible game changer on the field. Off the field, [they] shared many memorable moments." Teammate Keri Lorbert said Douglas spent some time outside the field. She said that Douglas had a lot of friends and her death has taken a toll on those she knew. "She had so much to give to the world," Lorbert said. "Someone with some much potential left the Earth too short."