The MVC Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team composition for each sport was determined by a 25-person committee (two representatives from each MVC institution and a panel of five voters from the conference office). The team composition includes years in which league teams competed under the MVC umbrella during the past 25 years (1992-2017) and does not include competition from the current season. Print Friendly Version As a sophomore in 1994, Tyler paced Drake to its second-consecutive MVC Tournament crown and the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That year she set then Bulldogs and MVC single-season records for home runs (9), RBI (50), hits (73), at-bats (190) and fielding assists (169). She remains Drake’s single season record holder for RBI, hits and at bats. She also established then Drake career marks for homers (21), batting average (.395), RBI (115) and assists (444). Tyler is Drake’s all-time leader in career batting average and assists, and she is second in RBI and sixth in home runs. Tyler was named MVC Rookie of the Year in 1993; and was a unanimous first-team All-MVC selection in 1994 and 1995. She was a member of the 1995 MVC All-Tournament team after hitting .556 and twice earned All-Midwest Region honors (1994, 1995). Tyler was a three-year starter for Drake and powered the Bulldogs to consecutive MVC Tournament titles (1993 and 1994), the first time in MVC history that had been accomplished. She helped the Bulldogs win their first-ever MVC Regular Season title in 1993. Tyler, a native of River Forest, Ill., is the most recognized softball player in Drake and MVC history, and she became first Valley player selected for the U.S. Olympic Team (1996). Earlier this year, Tyler was inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame. The 2017-18 season is a landmark one for the MVC and for women’s sports. To help celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX and the 25th anniversary of women’s sports, the Valley is naming 25-Year Anniversary Teams throughout 2017-18 for each of the league’s sponsored women’s sports. ST. LOUIS – Former Drake University softball standout Dani Tyler has been selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team, the MVC office announced Thursday, April 26 morning. Tyler, who received bachelor of science degree in business administration (accounting) from Drake in 1997, also was honored by the school with the Drake Double-D Award in 2012. Story Links She was the recipient of Drake’s Jerry Howlett Award in 1994 as Drake’s most outstanding overall athlete and is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. MVC Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team Tyler helped lead United States to its first-ever gold medal in softball in 1996, hitting a home run against Australia and was also a starter on the USA team that earned a gold medal at the 1994 Pan American Qualifier. Tyler was a member of the USA Softball National Team from 1994-2000 and was also an alternate on the US Gold Medal Olympic Team during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The Women’s USA National Team won gold medal in the 1998 World Championships.