Multiple Mizzou softball players hit the transfer portal
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
A team spokesperson confirmed that six members of the Mizzou softball team are entering the transfer portal. The news comes six days after the Tigers fell out of the Norman Regional in the NCAA Tournament with losses to both No. 1 Oklahoma and Cal.
First baseman Riley Frizell, catchers Megan Moll and Addie Lange, outfielder Kendal Cook, pitcher Megan Schumacher and Rock Bridge alum Maddie Snider all tossed their names into the portal. As far as starters go, Frizell was the main player of those six to get quite a bit of starts at first base. Moll worked into the catching rotation a bit, as well, but Julia Crenshaw became dominant at that position as the season went on.
Snider became an asset for MU on the base paths, as the go-to pinch runner over her two years with the team. Head coach Larissa Anderson also worked in more opportunities for Snider at the plate, as the former Bruin took at-bats in 38 games in 2023. She finished her sophomore season batting .228 with 19 RBI on 18 hits, two of which were home runs.
Moll, Cook and Schumacher are all seniors, so those three will head to their next destination as grad transfers.
Mizzou wrapped up the 2023 season with a 35-26 overall record and a 7-17 record in SEC action. Anderson and company made the program’s 16th straight NCAA Regional, after a solid push late in the season, but it was also the first time in two years that the Tigers didn’t host a regional in Columbia.
MU struggled to get going once conference play came around through the past season. The Tigers’ first and only SEC series win came in the regular season finale against then-No. 12 Arkansas. Other than that, Mizzou won one other three-game series in 2023, against North Texas.
It was an adjustment year of sorts for Tiger softball, as Anderson graduated a standout group of seniors following the 2022 season. Despite the ending, at this point, Mizzou will still return quite a bit of talent in 2024, including gold glover Jenna Laird, slugger Alex Honnold, Crenshaw, Jefferson City native Kara Daly, South Carolina-transfer Maddie Gallagher and more.