First things first: I’m no sports writer. I’m not even a sports fanatic. But I want to let you in on a little Columbia Sports secret: Mizzou Softball.
The softball team is arguably the best Mizzou sports team this year. They are ranked eighth in the country and have won 40 out of 46 games so far this season. Chelsea Thomas, a redshirt sophomore, is their top pitcher and leads the country in earned run average (0.72) and has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week five times. Two-time All American Rhea Taylor is one of the most exciting lead-off hitters in the country. She holds the Big 12 record for most stolen bases in a career. Mizzou has made it to the Women’s College World Series two years in a row and are hoping for a three-peat this season.
They are a serious group, as evidenced by this recent article. A lot of other teams have cheers and chants and matching hair bows – pretty reminiscent of high school ball if you ask me. The Mizzou team are all professionals – each time they walk onto the field, they are there to do their jobs.
There are only six games left in the regular season, all at home, and then the Tigers hope to host the first round of post-season play. Tomorrow they play a double-header at University Field against Western Illinois starting at 3pm, and this weekend they take on Texas at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Sunday’s game will also be shown on ESPN. If Missouri sweeps Texas, they will become number one in the Big 12 and will be inline to win the Big 12 overall.
This could be their year, and you should bare witness! Tickets are $5 for adults, children and seniors are $3, or free if you have a Spirit Pass. Bring cash for the concessions – they serve a mean grilled hot dog! If you already have weekend booked up, plan ahead for next weekend when they play Iowa State. All game dates and times can be found on MUTigers.com.