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Mizzou softball coach Larissa Anderson speaks on Alabama home run call and team expectations before first SEC tournament game on Wednesday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Mizzou softball coach Larissa Anderson met with the media Wednesday for the first time after falling on the road to Alabama Sunday and ahead of MU's first SEC tournament game Wednesday against No. 10 Auburn.

The Tigers fell to the Roll Tide after a questionable un-reviewable home run.

"It's very frustrating and disappointing, especially when we have video review and we have it on the field for a reason to get the call right. It's just frustrating that it can't be right," Anderson said on the call.

Anderson said it's her hope that they make it so that all scoring plays can be reviewable and that umpires learn from this and let the ball play out.

As the Tigers have won eight of their last 10 games, Anderson said it's important to keep her team humble moving into tournament play.

"You go in and you tell the players that no one respects you, that you have to respect yourself and you go in with a chip on your shoulder, that blue collar mentality, and you just outwork everybody, because no one is going to ever give you the game," Anderson said.

Auburn is likely to pitch Maddie Penta Wednesday against Mizzou. Anderson said that Penta has the speed but lacks in control and because of her ability to work the entire plate her team needs to be ready to hit everything.

Wednesday's game against Auburn will start at 1:30 p.m.

The full interview with Coach Anderson can be found in the player above.

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Chanel Porter

Chanel joined ABC 17 News in January 2021 after graduating from Penn State University. She enjoys traveling and a daily iced coffee.

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