As Missouri softball prepares for the season, a prestigious awards watch list released its top-50 players to watch this season. Two players for the Tigers were named to the list, which made Missouri one of 12 teams in the nation with multiple players named.
Missouri softball is ranked No. 17 in the preseason USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. That's no consolation for the Tigers, though, as many of the team's opponents this season can be found there as well.
Missouri athletics director Mike Alden said Wednesday that a new softball stadiumto be built next to the Hearnes Center is set for completion in 2017.The new field will be goodfor recruiting and give the softball program a more visible presence on campus, he said.
Doug Gillis, a former Team USA softball pitcher, will be an assistant coach for Missouri starting this upcoming season.
Anna Reed, who led Division I junior college softball players with 96 RBIs last year, has signed with Missouri.
Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine confirmed Wednesday that four Missouri softball players, including freshman pitcher Casey Stangel, are leaving the team.
Nebraska (44-16) became just the seventh team in 10 years to win a regional championship after losing its first game.
The Tigers will play Sunday for the regional title after defeating the Jayhawks 6-3.
The Tigers battled with Bradley to win 6-5 in the first round of the Columbia Regional on Friday, which means they will face Kansas on Saturday.
Sophomore outfielder Emily Crane, freshman pitcher Tori Finucane and sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois earned All-Southeast Region Second Team honors, and junior third baseman/catcher Angela Randazzo earned All-Southeast Region Third Team recognition.
No. 15 seed Missouri's games at the Columbia Regional softball tournament will be broadcast on KTGR/1580 AM and streamed online.
The Tigers will host Bradley, Kansas and Nebraska in their regional games Friday through Sunday at University Field.
The Missouri softball team will meet Bradley at 3 p.m. Friday in its first game in the Columbia Regional. Kansas, an old rival from Missouri's Big 12 days, is also participating in the four-team tournament, along with Nebraska.
The freshman pitcher was already named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.
Third-seeded Missouri fell to sixth-seeded LSU 6-0 and was knocked out of the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
Despite her sweet demeanor, the freshman pitcher has proven herself in the circle.
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, sophomore center fielder Taylor Gadbois, junior infielder Corrin Genovese and senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes earn Southeastern Conference honors.
After watching the Tide celebrate on their field, the Tigers weren't able to get revenge and lost a dull Game 3 2-0.
The Tigers watched Alabama celebrate on their own turf as they clinched an outright conference title.
The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 8-6 to keep their hopes of a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title alive.