The Tiger softball team just completed its first week of practice. The team comes into the season ranked number eight in the national poll.
Mizzou only has two freshmen on the roster, but one of them, Emily Crane, led the team in hitting during the fall and is competing for the starting shortstop job.
"We also quite honestly struggled offensively a lot last year so we really need the offense that she's going to provide," Missouri softball coach Ehren Earlywine said. "In addition, she could be our starting short stop. We don't know yet."
That's a big deal because last season Missouri sophomore Corrin Genovese was the shortstop and she won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Award.
"I think it's good to have competition," Genovese said. "A lot of people who can play a lot of different positions. It actually brings out the best of us."