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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.