Stangel announces transfer to Washington

Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 9:55 p.m. CDT; updated 9:59 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 1, 2014

COLUMBIA — It appears former Missouri softball pitcher Casey Stangel has found a new home.

"Very excited and proud to announce that I'm a part of the University of Washington softball team :) #GoPurpleBeGold," Stangel tweeted Saturday night.

The announcement followed a note thanking former Missouri teammates and coaches, as well as fans.

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine announced Wednesday that Stangel, a rising sophomore, and three other players were no longer with the team.

It remains unclear exactly what prompted Stangel to transfer. Under NCAA transfer rules, she must sit out a year before being eligible to play.

Stangel will join a squad that finished 37-15 (13-9 in the Pac-12) in 2014. The No. 9 Huskies dropped their NCAA Super Regional series to No. 6 Florida two games to one last weekend.

Stangel will also be moving much closer to her Couer d'Alene, Idaho, home. It's a mere 311.5-mile drive from the University of Washington in Seattle, compared to an over-1,600-mile haul from Columbia.

Stangel, a lefthander, posted a 15-10 record with a 3.27 ERA in her first season with the Tigers, including 14 complete games. Stangel was named MaxPreps Player of the Year her senior season for Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene after she compiled a .640 batting average and a perfect 28-0 record with a 0.73 ERA on the mound.

Stangel threw seven innings and allowed eight runs, five of which were earned, in a season-ending 8-1 loss to Nebraska on May 18. The loss followed her complete game win against rival Kansas on May 17.

No. 15 MU finished 43-18 with two NCAA regional championship losses to the No. 19 Cornhuskers, snapping a streak of six consecutive regional championships for the Tigers.

Missouri lost only two players to graduation after the season, and Stangel and fellow freshman pitcher Tori Finucane were expected to be one of the best pitching duos in the country next year.

Earleywine also announced Wednesday that freshman infielder Kelli Schkade, sophomore outfielder Sarah Moore and redshirt sophomore catcher Carlie Rose are no longer members of the program.

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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