12th-ranked Mizzou softball set to open season this weekend


COLUMBIA, Mo. — In 2021, the Missouri Tigers softball team appeared in its first Super Regional since 2016 and hosted for the first time since 2013.

In 2022, they hope to repeat this feat and aim for more.

The team ranks 11th in the NFCA Coaches Poll, 12th in the USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and returns nearly every starter from last year’s team, and was chosen to finish fifth in the poll. SEC preseason coaches. The team has consistently finished above its preseason forecast under third-year head coach Larissa Anderson.

They’re led by reigning SEC freshman of the year shortstop Jenna Laird (Softball America’s preseason Third Team All-American), fifth-year wide receiver Hatti Moore (145 straight starts, ninth on Mizzou’s all-time home run list with 35) and fifth-year outfielder Brooke Wilmes (Softball America Preseason First Team All-American for 2022).

All three were named to the All-SEC preseason team.

The Tigers’ season begins Friday at the Northern Lights Invitational in Leesburg, Florida. Mizzou’s first game will be against Penn State at 9 a.m. and they will face two ranked teams at Virginia Tech and Liberty on Saturday and Sunday.


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