The Tigers moved up one spot in the polls after beating Maryland, San Diego State and Florida in the Mary Nutter Classic this past week.
Missouri softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, along with Mississippi State's Alison Owen.
Nicole Hudson threw a shutout for the Tigers in the second game to help Missouri run its record to 9-1.
The Tigers opened their first season in the Southeastern Conference last weekend at the California-Santa Barbara Guacho Classic, winning all five games they played.
Nicole Hudson earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors, and Chelsea Thomas was named Pitcher of the Week after leading the Missouri softball team to a 5-0 start this weekend.
Senior Lindsey Muller led the Tigers offense against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday by going 4-for-4 with a two-run home run.
The Tigers improved their record to 4-0 with two more wins in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Tigers beat the Guachos 11-3 in five innings. Later, the team beat the Fresno State Bulldogs 4-0.
Three Tigers players will share their home state with their team when Missouri makes a swing through California to open its season.
Since switching to the new Louisville Slugger oneX composite bats in the fall, the Tigers have broken about 30 bats in practices and scrimmages.
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.