Taylor Gadbois' mother, Dana Austin, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia during Gadbois' sophomore year of high school. Gadbois, meanwhile has recorded a program-best 29-game hitting streak and leads the team with 30 stolen bases.
The freshman pitcher earned her first Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week honor Monday after her performance against Mississippi State last weekend.
The Tigers fell to Mississippi State 9-3 in the first game of the doubleheader and won 8-1 in the second to take the series.
Missouri softball won the first game of the series 6-0 against Mississippi State. The teams are scheduled to continue the series tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The Tigers lost Game 3 of the series 6-2 on Sunday after defeating the Bulldogs in Games 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday.
The No. 16 Tigers earned their first Saturday win in conference play, defeating the No. 13 Bulldogs 6-3 in Game 2 of the series.
Missouri freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitched six innings without allowing a run for her first time out at University Field in the No. 16 Tigers' 7-2 win over No. 9 Kentucky.
Named after the iconic baseball player and manager Casey Stengel, the Missouri freshman has been proving her parents right through her accomplishments and attitude.
After rain forced the Tigers to leave their series with the Aggies at a 1-1 tie last season, Missouri hopes to take the series to start SEC play this season.
The Tigers defeated Illinois State 11-10 and Radford 7-1 on Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Tigers beat Bradley 1-0 and Syracuse 9-7 in eight innings Friday to kick off the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.
If they make the team, it would be Rhea Taylor's fourth appearance and Nicole Hudson's second on the national team.
The game will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Devine Practice Facility.
Freshman Natalie Fleming followed in her sister's footsteps as a Missouri softball player from the small town of Silex, Mo. Her sister, Ashley, played Missouri softball from 2009 to 2012 and was the team's best hitter in 2011.
Three other SEC schools finished ahead of Missouri in the polls: No. 2 Tennessee, No. 5 Florida and No. 10 Alabama.
Missouri's Chelsea Thomas signed with the USSSA Florida Pride on Thursday after being selected as the squad’s 20th overall pick in the NPF draft on April 3.
The Missouri program's winningest pitcher at 111-31, Chelsea Thomas went 24-6 in 2013 with a 1.16 ERA, which ranks sixth in the nation.
The Missouri Athletic Department needs to finalize a location, seek board approval and work out the funding before it can move forward with plans for a new softball stadium.
Senior ace Chelsea Thomas allowed just two hits to Washington, but with a lack of Missouri offense, a Huskies home run ended up costing Missouri its season.
Defensive errors by Missouri and late rallies by Washington allowed the Huskies to win the first game of the series 2-1.