Missouri’s softball team, which has finished with a top-20 rankings for eight straight seasons, continues to retool this offseason.
The Tigers announced Thursday that sophomore pitcher Cheyenne Baxter — a native of Northborne, Mo., who went 4-1 last spring at Nebraska-Omaha — would transfer to the program.
Baxter, a 6-foot right-hander, adds depth in the circle after Casey Stangel, who was Missouri’s No. 2 pitcher last season, opted to transfer after going 15-10 with a 3.27 ERA as a freshman.
“Getting a third pitcher was our top priority this offseason, and we’re so thankful to have landed Cheyenne,” Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine. “Not only does she have great potential, but she’s an in-state kid who will take great pride in playing at Mizzou.”
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Baxter called is a dream to play for Missouri.
“I really like the coaching staff because they are some of the best in the nation,” she said.
“I think they will do a great job of bringing out my full potential.”
Last week, the Tigers added junior college All-American outfielder Anna Reed from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.
Reed — a native of Lonedell, Mo. — led the National Junior College Athletic Association with 96 RBIs last season, batting .493 with 16 home runs, 23 doubles and a .876 slugging percentage.
“She is someone with the type of ability and work ethic that will fit in well at this level of college softball,” Earleywine said. “We’re eager to get started with Anna here in Columbia in the fall.”
Reed is another player who grew up rooting for the Tigers.
“Growing up in Missouri, I’ve been a fan of Mizzou softball since I was really young,” she said. “It’s great to think I’ll be playing for Coach Earleywine and for Mizzou, since this is a team that I’ve seen on TV. I went to their camps when I was little. It’s so cool to think that I’ll actually be playing there.”