The NFCA Coaches Poll softball rankings were released Tuesday, and unranked Missouri garnered 15 points.
Members of the softball program took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the amount of points the Tigers received this week — seven less than they received last week.
MU coach Larissa Anderson tweeted after the rankings were released, “I don’t usually do this but I need to defend my team...they beat #5, #12 and #22. Show some respect to them, they’ve earned it.”
“#MakeItRight” has largely been associated with MU’s appeal of the NCAA sanctions imposed on the football, baseball and softball programs.
Missouri softball has had a strong season so far and has impressed recently by taking two of three from then-No. 8 Georgia and sweeping then-No. 13 Kentucky in March.
With a win over then-No. 5 Tennessee in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Tigers extended their winning streak over ranked opponents to six games.
However, Missouri lost that series to Tennessee and also dropped a March 20 game to mid-major Bradley.
MU players echoed their coach on social media.
Second baseman Kendyll Bailey replied to Anderson’s tweet, “AND #21,” in reference to the Tigers’ win over Arizona State, which was ranked 21st on Tuesday but was ranked 12th when Missouri run-ruled the Sun Devils 8-0 in five innings on Feb. 8.
AND #21— kendyll bailey (@kendyll_leighhh) April 2, 2019
Third baseman Kim Wert quote-tweeted Anderson’s tweet and mentioned the team’s previous victories against ranked opponents by tweeting, “swept #22took the series from #12run rule win against #21.” Georgia and Kentucky are ranked 12th and 22nd, respectively.
*swept #22* *took the series from #12**run rule win against #21* 🤔 https://t.co/8a980FQN19— Kimberly Wert (@kimberly_wert) April 2, 2019
Missouri will have a chance to sway voters on the field in Wednesday’s doubleheader against Wichita State.
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