Sophomore pitcher Erwin decides to transfer from Missouri softball team

Monday, March 4, 2013 | 4:52 p.m. CST; updated 8:31 p.m. CST, Monday, March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Missouri athletics department confirmed Monday that sophomore pitcher Bailey Erwin will be leaving the Tigers softball team and transferring from MU. 

After rumors spread about Erwin leaving the team, she tweeted about her decision.

"I have decided to transfer from Mizzou for personal reasons and will keep those reasons to myself," Erwin wrote in a tweet.

A statement released by the athletics department from coach Ehren Earleywine addressed the decision.

"I can confirm that Bailey Erwin is no longer a member of our program," Earleywine said in the release. "We wish Bailey the best and thank her for her contributions to our program."

Erwin was slotted as the No. 2 starter for the Tigers this season behind Chelsea Thomas but began to see some competition when seniors Nicole Hudson and Lindsey Muller began pitching again.

This season, Erwin is 3-0 in four games with an ERA of 2.33. The Tigers' only loss this season came against California State Fullerton with Erwin as the starter. Erwin pitched five innings, giving up four runs, but it was the reliever, Muller, who was charged with the 5-4 loss.

Last season, Erwin was 8-0 in 23 appearances and was second in ERA for Big 12 Conference pitchers with 1.12.

Erwin, a Claremore, Okla., native, has not announced where she will be transferring. 

Missouri has its home opener this weekend, taking on Southeastern Conference rival Texas A&M. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. Friday.

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TIM MULLER March 19, 2013 | 9:29 a.m.

One does have to ask a very simple question, why would a student athlete transfer from a top 10 program that was on a full ride scholorship, very happy with her playing time, loved her teammates and was playing for one of her dream Colleges of choice want to transfer?? Interesting, wouldn't you say!!

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Karen Mitchell March 19, 2013 | 9:33 a.m.

Tim, I agree with you, and if you know any reasons why she left, we'd be happy to hear them.

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