COMMENTARY: Softball Fall Report Card

The thoughts and opinions expressed in the following article do not reflect the views of MUTV.

Monday, Oct. 15-

The Missouri women’s softball team closed out its fall season on Friday with back-to-back wins over both Crowder and Heartland, securing an exhibition record of 7-1.

Missouri had an astonishing fall season, putting up incredible numbers on both offense and defense. The Tigers battled their way to just one game shy of a perfect record.

The winning ways are nothing new for the Tigers, as they have made five consecutive NCAA Super Regional appearances. They will be looking for their sixth straight appearance this year.

Big names on the Missouri offense include freshman Emily Crane, 2012 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, who consistently put up three or more hits in all but two of her starts this fall.

The Tiger offensive numbers are looking promising as they finish fall play, putting up at least seven runs in all but one game during the eight-game campaign.

Grades:

Through the exhibition games, I would award the Missouri offense an A-. Although the offense is hitting well so far, it seems to be coming from a limited amount of players. In order to be effective all season in the spring, the Tigers must find a way for a variety of players to put up more consistent numbers.

As for the Tiger defense the performance was similarly solid during fall play. With only one loss, the Mizzou defense has proven strong. They have had a couple of shaky games producing a few errors in each.

I would have to grant Missouri’s defense a B+. While the team has shown great promise in shutting teams down with fewer than three runs in all but two games, I fear the simple mistakes will begin to add up.

That being said, the Tiger defense shows great promise with returning Big 12 defensive player of the year sophomore Corrin Genovese and senior Jenna Marston, who recorded a .992 fielding percentage last season. Marston threw out eight attempted stealers from behind the plate.

The Missouri softball team began its year with huge momentum and is not showing any signs of letting up. The Tigers have big names on both sides of the ball, with a mix of savvy veterans and talented freshmen. I expect to see nothing less than a sixth appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals this spring.

-Janey Marion
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