Missouri softball ranked No. 5, No. 7 in national polls after tournament cancellation

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 8:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – After being ranked No. 6 nationally in both polls, the Missouri softball team's (9-1) rankings continue to fluctuate.

USA Today/NFCA: No. 5 

Tigers home opener

Texas A&M (22-1)
at Missouri (9-1)

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday,  2 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday
University Field, Columbia Softball: No. 7

Last week: The Tigers haven't played a game since last week's rankings were released because of the cancellation of the Missouri Breast Cancer Tournament. The tournament would have featured Missouri, the host school, Southeast Missouri State, Saint Louis, University of Missouri–Kansas Cityand Missouri State..

Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine said the team invited all four teams to play inside at the Devine Pavilion in Columbia, but received no takers. To help make up for these games, Missouri and Missouri State have added a game on April 3 for a doubleheader in Springfield. 

The big change to the team this past week came Monday when sophomore pitcher Bailey Erwin announced her plans to transfer from Missouri. Erwin, who was originally slated as the No. 2 starter, behind Chelsea Thomas, will likely be replaced by seniors Nicole Hudson and Lindsey Muller in the rotation.

This week: Missouri hosts Southeastern Conference foe No. 7/5 Texas A&M in the Tigers' home opener set for Friday. Last season as Big 12 rivals, the Aggies won the series 2-1 in College Station, Texas. Senior catcher Jenna Marston is just one walk shy of tying the career record at Missouri of 115.

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