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TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (July 25)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: Last week, we briefly discussed the Columbia Regional matchup between No. 16 Mizzou and Bradley that took place on May 16. Mizzou gave up a strong 4-0 lead to Bradley in the top of the seventh inning, then fought back to tie the game at 5-5 and force extra innings. Genovese was busy, doubling in the bottom of the seventh and coming across the plate to tie the game. Strong defense (of course) followed in the top of eighth inning, setting up the chance to win the game in the bottom frame.

THE PLAY: Genovese came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out, thanks to a walk by Taylor Gadbois, single by Emily Crane and another walk issued to Angela Randazzo. The Tiger shortstop swatted the very first pitch she saw through the left side for the game-winning, RBI-single, bringing home Gadbois from third base.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou won 6-5 (we just sort of described that up above). The University Field crowd goes wild!

THE GIF: Enjoy!

Mack Plays for the Union Jack (July 22)

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After her first season playing for Mizzou Softball, catcher Kirsten Mack is off on an even more exciting adventure! The soon-to-be sophomore Tiger will be playing with Great Britain's U-19 National Team at the European Junior Women's Championships from July 21-26 in Rosmalen, Holland. Mack will have blog entries for MUTigers.com over the next week.

Mizzou fans can follow along with the ECJW 2014 online here.


Hello again, I'm back! But now... I am in Holland!

During the last blog, myself and the Great Britain U-19 team were still in England and getting ready to head out for our last morning of training on Saturday. So on Saturday, we just did a light batting practice and did a lot of stretching and recovery. Then we went back to the hotel and got ready for a fun afternoon in London. Our hotel was near a train station, and the nice thing about London is you can buy a day pass that covers all public transportation. At the subway station, we got split into teams and were told we were doing a scavenger hunt around London!

The subway ride was about a 10-minute ride into Paddington Station. This is a massive subway station that is almost like an airport terminal. Once we got to Paddington, the race was on and all the teams split up. We had about 28 challenges that included all the famous sites of London. We went to Buckingham Palace, St. Andrews Cathedral, The London Eye, Big Ben, Downey Street and so many others. It was such an amazing afternoon and I was able to see practically every tourist spot in central London.

When we got back to Paddington Station to meet up with the other teams, we looked at all of our pictures (you had to document everything with a photograph) and my group was the winner! We were able to complete 24 of the 28 challenges in just about four hours. Overall, it was such an amazing afternoon spent with my team.

On Sunday, we packed up everything and caught a quick 35-minute flight into Amsterdam. Once we got into Amsterdam, we had about an hour ride to Rosmalen, which is where the tournament and our team hotel are located. But where we are staying is not really like a hotel at all! It is this huge house with a bunch of dorm-style rooms, sitting on a farm. There is a lot of open space to lounge around outside, or play volleyball and football (or soccer as us Americans know it).

Yesterday, Monday, we had an early morning leaving our "farm dorm" at 8:30 a.m. to get to the fields early enough to figure out how everything was going to work. Our first game of the tournament was against Serbia. We came out swinging our bats and put up 13 runs in the first inning! We ended up winning by run-rule in three innings, but it was so awesome to be able to play Serbia because of their story.  It really brought into perspective how lucky we are in the United States. The Serbian team comes from a very war-torn country, and just being able to get the funding to come here was such blessing for them. Yes, they were down after the first inning, but that did not matter to them. They were just so stoked to even be there. It was very cool to be a part of that.

We were supposed to have a one-game break, but that ended up turning into a four-hour rain delay. The field guys did an amazing job getting the fields playable, and we were able to start our second game against Belgium around 5:45 p.m. By the third inning, the rain was pouring again and the umpires had to call it. We left the game up 4-0 and will resume play Wednesday morning. The weather is looking much nicer for the rest of the week, so that is positive!

Anyways, we continue playing hopefully the rest of this week, finishing off our game with Belgium and then we play Germany. After that it goes into a bracket, so it will depend on winners and losers of other games. We are looking very strong and hoping to have one of the best finishes in Great Britain history!

MIZ! ...GB!

-Kirsten

Mack Plays for the Union Jack (July 18)

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After her first season playing for Mizzou Softball, catcher Kirsten Mack is off on an even more exciting adventure! The soon-to-be sophomore Tiger will be playing with Great Britain's U-19 National Team at the European Junior Women's Championships from July 21-26 in Rosmalen, Holland. Mack will have blog entries for MUTigers.com over the next week.


Hey Mizzou fans! I hope you're all having a great summer!

Wow! It has been quite a whirlwind these past three days. Traveling all the way to London to play for my country is such a tremendous honor. Some of you may be wondering how I am able to play for Great Britain since I was born in the United States. Well, my dad was born and raised in Scotland and moved to the U.S. when he was an adult. Because of his citizenship, I am able apply for and gain citizenship in Great Britain! The cool thing is that I have my normal U.S. passport, as well as a British passport!

My long, long trek to London started on Tuesday morning when I left my house in California. It started out with a four-hour plane ride to Houston, followed by a nine-hour flight from Houston to London. I left California at 10 a.m., Tuesday, and got into London at 10 a.m., Wednesday. On top of that, from California to London is a nine-hour time difference. That made for a very exhausting two days of travel!

Once I got to London, a couple of my new teammates picked me up from the airport and brought me to one of their houses. I was able to get a little rest since I hadn't slept in over 24 hours. That same day (yes, this is still Wednesday!), we drove to our hotel accommodations in Slough, England, unpacked really quickly and got ready to go to the softball fields. We did some cool softball-related, team-bonding activities so we could get to know each other. Finally around 9 p.m., we got back to the hotel and as soon as I hit my bed, I was asleep. I have never been so tired in my entire life!

The past two days of training (Thursday and earlier today) have been long and exhausting, but very necessary! Unfortunately, it has been England's hottest two days all year the past two days.

Being that we have girls from Australia, Italy, the United States and Great Britain, we all do things a little differently. Trying to come together and mesh as a team in five days is quite the task, but we are all in it for one thing... to qualify for the World Championships next year. The team has a lot of talent and we are already looking really sharp. We have six pitchers and tons of different options in the field.

Also, the team gets along great! I can't believe I have only known my teammates for two days because it seems like I have known them for much longer. They have all been so inviting to us "foreigners", and we love to talk about the differences in our countries. The Great Britain natives always talk about how they love our American accents, and I think that is so weird that they say I have an accent.  We love to argue about which country is right and which country is wrong when it comes to pronunciations of words.  It is really interesting to discuss the differences in our softball, schooling and social life between all the different countries.

Anyways, it has been an absolutely amazing three days, so far, and tomorrow we get to take the afternoon off from training and go into London. I can't wait to share the rest of my trip with you all. Thanks for reading!

-Kirsten

TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (July 18)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: The Columbia Regional (May 16-18) started with a riveting game between No. 16 Mizzou and Bradley on May 16. The Braves stormed back in the top of the seventh to wipe away a 4-0 Tiger lead, replacing it with a 5-4 BU advantage. Mizzou tied the game, 5-5, in the bottom of the inning to force extras. The tying run was Genovese, who doubled and was scored with a sacrifice fly by teammate Kirsten Mack.

THE PLAY: So then there was the tense eighth inning, and of course, there was Genovese's glove. The second out the Tigers needed to keep the Braves off the base paths was snagged on an outstanding play by the shortstop. 

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 6-5, with the game-winning RBI-single coming from, you guessed it, Genovese. That is a GIF for another day (well, a Friday)...

THE GIF: Enjoy!

TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (July 3)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: In its second game of NCAA Regional action at University Field (May 17), No. 16 Mizzou was looking to close out a victory over Kansas to move to 2-0 in the regional. With a 5-1 lead, the Tigers were in control, but the Jayhawks had loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.

THE PLAY: Of course, that's when Genovese showed her face (glove, actually). The Tiger shortstop coolly handled a ground ball up the middle of the infield, tapped second base and threw to fellow junior Kelsea Roth, who was stretching perfectly at first base. The smooth operation was the double play Mizzou needed to end the inning and keep Kansas cornered.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 6-3, and the victory proved to be the final triumph of the season for the Tigers. A crowd of more than 1,000 packed the U-Field stands to see the action.

THE GIF: Enjoy... and Happy Fourth of July!

TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (June 20)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: A prime time matchup came to University Field on Thursday, May 1, when No. 13 Mizzou Softball hosted No. 6 Alabama. The entire nation was able to watch as closely as the fans in the stands, with the SEC contest airing on ESPN.

THE PLAY: Genovese's #WebGem play came in a stretch of two-straight 1-2-3 innings for the Tigers' defense. After nothing in the third inning for Alabama, the trend was continued into the fourth with Genovese's impressive slide and throw from her knees for the second out. The play was completed with an outstanding stretch and scoop by first baseman Kelsea Roth.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 8-6, but needed an exciting spurt of three runs in the sixth inning to secure the victory. Genovese walked to lead off the inning and was doubled in by freshman Natalie Fleming to score the game-tying run. Ashtin Stephens came speeding in behind Genovese to give Mizzou a 7-6 lead.

THE GIF: Enjoy...

#MIZ #USA Update (June 20)

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USA Softball's 2014 Selection Camp finished its exhibition schedule with two more wins on Thursday night (June 19) in Purcellville, Va., sweeping a doubleheader against the Virginia All-Stars. The Red, White and Blue downed its opponent with 12-0 and 4-1 victories. 

Former Mizzou standouts Nicole Hudson and Rhea Taylor both figured into the second win of the night, the 4-1 result against the Virginia All-Stars.

Game Two (USA 4, VA 1)
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Team USA ripped 15 hits in its 12-0 win to start the doubleheader, but base knocks were at more of a premium in Game Two. Hudson and Taylor each added singles to Team USA's nine-hit effort.

The final roster for the 17-athlete 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team will be announced on June 22 on USASoftball.com.

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#MIZ #USA Update (June 18)

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USA Softball was back in action last night (June 17) in Findlay, Ohio, winning a doubleheader against the Ohio All-Stars (3-0, 5-0). USA Softball's selection camp invitees continued their exhibition tour as the 2014 roster announcement date (Sunday, June 22) approaches.

Former Mizzou standouts Nicole Hudson and Rhea Taylor appeared in Game One of the doubleheader sweep, with both victories largely dictated by Team USA's pitching. The Ohio All-Stars recorded just two hits and one walk in Team USA's 3-0 victory

Game One (USA 3, OHIO 0)
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Team USA broke through with two runs in the fourth inning, the second of which was driven in by Taylor on a groundout. The scored run was Hudson, who was on base after an error by the Ohio All-Stars.
Taylor recorded an infield single towards third base in the sixth inning.

The Red, White and Blue plays its final exhibition doubleheader on Thursday, June 19, vs. the Virginia All-Stars. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. ET in Purcellville, Va. Ticket info can be found here.

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#MIZ #USA Update (June 16)

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USA Softball was in action last Friday (June 13) in Lynchburg, Va., with its group of selection camp invitees sweeping the Central Virginia All-Stars in a doubleheader (10-2, 6-0).

Former Mizzou standouts Nicole Hudson and Rhea Taylor figured into the action, as they both look to make the 2014 roster (announced June 22). More about the Selection Camp can be read here.

We'll keep track of their progress here on the MUTigers.com blog. Photos from the action in Lynchburg can be found on USA Softball's Facebook page here.

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Hudson doubled in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in Team USA's final run of the 10-2 win.

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Hudson pinch hit and recorded a sacrifice fly. Taylor singled and stole a base for Team USA's efforts. She also led the Red, White & Blue with two runs scored.

TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (June 13)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: It was March 28, and No. 16 Mizzou (23-8) was hosting No. 13 Georgia (29-3) at University Field. The opening game of the Tigers' series vs. the Bulldogs was an important one to have, as Mizzou needed to start adding wins to its 2-4 start in SEC play.

THE PLAY: Usually known for her glove, Genovese became the first Mizzou player since 2007 to hit two home runs in the same inning. The Tiger infielder led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to left center, setting the score at 2-1 in favor of Georgia. By the time Genovese came back up for the second time in the frame, Mizzou led 7-2. Her second trip to #BombCity (as it is often called on Twitter) was also of the solo shot variety. The Tigers totaled four home runs in the inning and scored eight runs total. Sami Fagan and Kelsea Roth also launched long balls.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 8-6, in what would be the first victory of a crucial series win. The victory was the first of 13 SEC wins that the Tigers claimed after their 2-4 league start.

THE GIF(s): Enjoy...



TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (June 6)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: It was April 9, and No. 16 Mizzou (27-10) was hosting Western Illinois at University Field. The Leathernecks (18-14-1) featured one of the hottest hitters in the country in Sammy Marshall, who entered the day batting an incredible .522 at the plate.

THE PLAY: Playing at third base, Genovese had crept up the line to prepare for Marshall's at-bat. A lefty slapper, Marshall's trustworthy attribute was her speed, certainly comparable to the likes of Mizzou's Taylor Gadbois. Marshall sat down a bunt attempt on a pitch from Tori Finucane and sped off towards first base. Genovese perfectly anticipated the play, scooped and fired the ball towards first in one fluid motion for the third out of the inning.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 4-2, in what would be the first victory of a doubleheader sweep. The Tigers downed WIU, 5-0, in the nightcap.

THE GIF: Enjoy...

Mizzou Softball - 2013 Fall Ball Central

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Admission to fall games is free of charge. Come out to University Field and enjoy a Friday afternoon of Mizzou Softball!

Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets,@MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and additional information throughout the fall.

Mizzou Softball 2013 Fall Schedule
Friday, Sept. 20 Recap Stats Photos
2 p.m. Columbia College W, 9-0 Box Gallery
4 p.m. Heartland Community College W, 7-5 Box Gallery
Friday, Sept. 27
2 p.m. Lake Land College W, 5-0 Box -
4 p.m.  Lake Land College W, 10-1 Box -
Friday, Oct. 4
2 p.m. Crowder College W, 13-1 Box -
4 p.m. Butler Community College W, 12-1 Box -
Friday, Oct. 11
2 p.m. Jefferson College W, 18-0 Box -
4 p.m. Highland Community College W, 3-1 Box Gallery

E-Mails from E-Crane (Thursday, July 11)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. 

The JWNT finished with a silver medal at the ISF X Junior Women's World Championship in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, played from July 1-7. Crane was one of the standouts of the tournament across all teams, batting 14-for-24 (.583) with five RBI and 11 runs scored. Of her 14 hits, six were doubles.

I want to start off by saying thanks to everyone who supported me and the rest of the Junior Women's National Team on our crazy Canadian journey! I really appreciate everything you all did and just wanted to extend my thanks here on the blog!

All in all, the trip was so much fun. The outcome wasn't what we wanted or expected, however, the experience was like none other, and I am so happy I got the chance to play with this group of girls! I said this in my first blog, but being one of 17 players picked was something truly special, and I will cherish the memories forever. Throughout this experience, I learned more about myself and about people who I plan to be friends with for a long time. That's what was SO cool about it... meeting everyone and getting to play for an unbelievable coaching staff!

In the beginning, I can honestly say I didn't plan on getting so close with my JWNT teammates within just two weeks. It's kind of crazy, if you think about it! Being able to play against different countries for Team USA helped us all mesh so well together. I know I may sound like a broken record, but it's the truth! 

Anyway! Wearing Red, White and Blue never meant so much to me, and I can't stress enough what an awesome opportunity this was for me. I really hope I get the chance to play with some of these girls again, of course, all wearing our country's colors! 

Thanks again for all the support, and I hope you guys are ready for some Mizzou Softball this fall! MIZ-USA!

Over and out,
#2 Emily Crane

E-Mails from E-Crane (Monday, July 1)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. 

The JWNT began competition at the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, July 1, in resounding fashion. The Red, White and Blue defeated Great Britain in four innings by a run-rule score of 10-0. Playing in left field, Crane batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored

Hey guys! I'M IN CANADA!

This is so crazy! So you would think being in Canada is extremely different than the United States, but it's really not. The big change for most of us was the money! Of course, the use of our phones too. Canada has coin dollars instead of paper dollars for smaller amounts of money, so when we go places and have to pay there's been a lot of "We aren't from here, could you help us out?". Haha - but it has been a great experience!

Today we had the wonderful opportunity of waking up at 5:30 a.m. to play in our very first international game. I must say, waking up wasn't too bad until it got to this afternoon and it hit me... I'm pooped! But back on track - the game! We played Great Britain and it was very interesting seeing how other countries play the game. We won 10-0, and we didn't let up for anyone! It was a great way to get started in the tournament, and I'm hoping we keep this kind of play up because this could be a special week.

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Oh, I almost forgot! MY FAMILY HAS ARRIVED! Half of them, anyway. I seriously can't pray to God enough and thank Him for allowing my family to travel like they do to chase me around the country... and OUT of the country! Having this kind of support means so much to me, especially when I'm out on the field. Just knowing that someone is up in the stands always supporting you really helps you relax and have more fun with what you're doing. 

So far Mom, Dad and Grandma Betty have come out to cheer our team on. They are something else up in those stands! I have never seen my mom so decked out in Red, White and Blue, and waving her flag. It's simply awesome! I also have been so blessed that my Great Aunt Dot drove 10 hours from Maryland just to catch a few games. I couldn't be any happier about this experience and getting to share it with so many people I care about. Tomorrow we will round out the family gang when my sister Eliz and best friend Rand show up to join the big superfan section. I can't wait to see those two!

Tonight we are heading to the tournament's opening ceremonies. I'm super excited! I've heard there will be a band and a parade of all the teams. Better yet - they are feeding us dinner! You can't beat free food! I'll be sure to take lots of pictures! I'll be tweeting and posting to Instagram and Vine, so you can keep up! I hope everyone has had a wonderful day and God bless!

Over and out (and thanks for reading!),
#2 Emily Crane


E-Mails from E-Crane (Tuesday, June 25)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. 

The JWNT played exhibition games in Glenville, W. Va., on June 24, with Crane batting 3-for-7 overall in the doubleheader, recording one double, two runs and one RBI. The squad next heads to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Hey guys, I'm back! 

This trip has been crazy, and I am so blessed to be here! The rest of the girls on the Junior National Team are amazing, and what we are doing is even more amazing. Getting to know everyone wasn't such a challenge, because they are all just as excited to be here as I am. 

We have been getting along great, which makes playing the games so much more fun. Which by the way, may I include, is the coolest thing ever. Playing for Team USA is a lot of fun! Everyone is up in the dugout, all cheering for our team. We are all about one goal. It is very cool getting the chance to play with a team with this much push and drive. It's just really special.

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Last night (June 24), we played exhibition games here in Glenville, W. Va., and I was playing in center field! It was awesome to be out there wearing the Red, White and Blue across my chest. Getting the feel of the outfield again and the grass under my cleats was like catching up with an old friend. Haha... it was fun! I even got to track down a fly ball and it was awesome! Needless to say, these games have been like no other!

Today is our youth clinic, which I'm actually headed to right now. I love, love, LOVE little kids so this should be fun! I can't wait to show them all that I've learned from such great people. I hope everybody has a great day! And maybe even play a little ball today!

Thanks for all your continued support through this very awesome journey! 

#2 Emily Crane


E-Mails from E-Crane (Wednesday, June 19)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. The JWNT will play exhibition games in Glenville, W. Va., on June 24 before heading to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

WHAT IS UP EVERYBODY! It's E.Crane!

I'm pretty excited for this whole experience with USA Softball's Junior National Team. Getting to blog for the first time is an interesting thing to do to keep everybody in the loop about how my trip is going too. I really hope the fans enjoy what I have to say because, like I said, I am super excited!

But you know what I am the least excited about? PACKING! Really though, there are just so many things you have to consider when you are going on a trip. My important checklist below:

#1 Make sure you take what you need, but don't take your whole house.
This is my number one problem. I either take too many clothes or too many shoes. It's one of the two.

#2 Is it going to be hot? Is it going to be cold?
WHO KNOWS? So naturally, you have to pack one of everything and then obviously a spare just in case something gets dirty. 

#3 Do you need to go pick up anything from the store?
Once you know that answer you either go to the store to get what you need or move on to the next question.

#4 What are the three things you can't forget since Mom isn't there to make sure you don't leave without them?
Mom would say my uniforms and ball equipment are the most important things. She would be right, however, I like to consider these next three things pretty important as well:

-Passport
-Money
-Gum for the plane (Well I guess you should take snacks too. Either way, with or without Mom, you definitely need snacks.)

#5 The real question: How do you know where to start?
When you only leave for a week, packing isn't too hard. I mean, you take a few outfits, your uniforms, then your basic bathroom needs and you can make it through that week. BUT TWO-AND-A-HALF WEEKS? Now we're talking serious packing business. So the big question I find myself asking is, "Where do I begin?" So I decided to start with this checklist.

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Once I mastered packing, the reality began to kick in. I'm actually going to leave the U.S. and get the chance of a lifetime to represent my wonderful country playing the sport I love. I guess what's so hard for me to grasp is that this is real life, and that I'm not dreaming!

There was a time when I was little that I dreamed about being on Team USA and getting to wear the Red, White and Blue... I just wanted to do it on the soccer team! Weird to think about, I know! God led me down the softball path instead. That is why I can truthfully say I had never dreamed about actually getting this kind of opportunity. I am seriously so blessed to be in this position. One out of 17 girls is a pretty special thing and I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

Thanks for all the support, kind words and thoughts, and especially for reading and I'll be sure to keep you posted! MIZ!

Over and out,
#2 Emily Crane



School has been out for nearly two weeks here at Mizzou, so campus is looking like a bit of a ghost town. On Saturday, however, there will be plenty of action to keep Tiger fans busy. Here's a full rundown:

Rain in Mid-Missouri later Saturday afternoon has prompted some schedule changes for the remainder of the weekend with Mizzou's Softball and Baseball teams.

Jenna Marston USA Baseball Update

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As many of you might know by now, Mizzou shortshop Jenna "JJ" Marston is representing the United States as a member of the USA Baseball Women's National Team. That's right, baseball. Marston played baseball her entire life up until high school, where she played both baseball and softball for Principia High School in St. Louis. Now she's back on the baseball diamond again, where she has gotten the chance to return to the mound as a pitcher while also getting to show off her sweet lefty swing on a national level.

Team USA finished up tryouts a week and a half ago, and they spent last week competing in some exhibitions. Not surprisingly, JJ is shining. Here's a look at how she's doing so far.

A Look Into the Softball Record Book - Part Two

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Last week we began part one of this two-part series by looking at the offensive side of the softball record book, specifically focusing on who has entered the top-10 in certain categories this season, who has moved up the rankings and who to watch as the season progresses.  This week, we're going to the pitching and fielding side of things.  While pitching and fielding are a little tougher to look at this early in the season, we've still got a few Tiger players who have made their mark on Missouri softball history.

A Look Into the Softball Record Book - Part One

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Since I'm somewhat of a stat geek, and with a little more than one-third of the regular season now behind us, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at the all-time softball record book for my first blog entry.  We've had plenty of players make their move into or up the all-time team rankings, while we also have a handful of players just outside the top 10 in numerous categories who could break through before the year ends.  With this first entry, we're just going to dive into the offensive side of the record book.  We'll evaluate the pitching and fielding side later this week.

Bill Pollock, sports director of the Missourinet, visited with head Softball coach Ehren Earleywine last month for a preview of the 2010 season. Coach and reporter spent several minutes going over last year's success -- which ended in a trip to the Women's College World Series -- and looking ahead to this season.

Pollock also chatted with Chelsea Thomas, who agreed to pitch to Bill for a 3-at-bat sequence. Video of the entire interview comes after the jump. We won't give away what happened, other than to say Bill's body, if not his ego, is still intact.

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