The Tigers were ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
The Missouri Tigers softball team totaled 19 hits during its annual Black and Gold exhibition game Saturday.
The Tigers’ annual Black and Gold intrasquad game is less than a week away, with the first pitch set for 3 p.m. Saturday.
Along with Missouri, seven other Southeastern Conferences teams were ranked in the poll, with Alabama taking the top spot. ESPN ranked Missouri No. 7 in the NCAA and will televise four of its games this season.
The Missouri softball coaching staff won the 2012 Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year award for the third time in the past four years.
Recovering after being knocked out of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday will be a difficult process for the Tigers, especially when they remember they're losing their most potent offensive weapon in senior Ashley Fleming.
Missouri softball players tearfully left University Field as members of the 2012 team for the last time Sunday night after losing the third game of the Columbia super regional 3-1 to LSU.
The Missouri softball team lost 3-1 to LSU in the third game of the Columbia super regional Sunday at University Field. The team had been trying to reach its fourth consecutive Women's College World Series.
The Missouri softball team scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat LSU 5-1 in the second game of the Columbia super regional Sunday, forcing a deciding third game in the contest to advance to the Women's College World Series.
Missouri ace Chelsea Thomas was uncharacteristically off-target in the Saturday super regional game against LSU, giving up 6 walks and hitting two batters.
The Missouri softball team lost 6-1 to LSU on Saturday in the first game of the Columbia super regional at University Field.
There were so many twists and turns in the way Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine recruited Corrin Genovese, the Tigers' award-winning freshman infielder almost didn't come to Columbia.
Freshman outfielder Kayla Kingsley started her first season with Missouri slowly and struggled with her hitting. But in regional tournament play last weekend, she led the Tigers at the plate, going 6-for-9.
Missouri will battle LSU for the super regional title this weekend in Columbia.
Missouri edged Illinois State 2-1 to win its fifth-straight regional championship. Missouri will host the super regional tournament next weekend, playing future Southeastern Conference opponent LSU.
The Tigers will host their third-straight super regional.
Chelsea Thomas was in control the entire game, striking out 10 Blue Demon batters and scattering five hits across nine shutout innings.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine has been waiting for freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth to get hot all season. In the sixth inning, she hit a two-run home run, and the Tigers went on to win 6-0.
The Tigers are known for their pitching and stellar defense, but the offense hasn't been as bright as it was during the regular season.
Not everyone in Missouri's dugout was happy about the Tigers' No. 9 seed in this season's NCAA softball tournament.