After nearly two decades at Hofstra, she will be the 10th coach in Missouri softball program history.
2018 interim head coach Gina Fogue is not out of the picture.
Although she got Missouri softball back to the NCAA Tournament, a season clouded with on and off the field turmoil indicates that one year may be enough for the interim softball coach.
The Tigers may have to face their former star and current Oklahoma ace Paige Lowary, or fellow pitcher Parker Conrad, in the NCAA Tournament.
After receiving a late bump from the conference tournament, the Tigers were faced with a longer than anticipated wait while other teams used their field.
The Tigers will head to Oklahoma’s regional to face Tulsa in their first round game.
The team finished its regular season 28-27 and will await its tentative fate in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament selection show.
Missouri started strong early Friday but was swept after not being able to keep up with the Gamecock offense.
A walk-off win and inclement weather highlighted the team’s second-to-last home series of the season.
Missouri won on Saturday but lost on Friday and Sunday in two sloppy games.
Missouri softball heads into Knoxville with a six-game win streak, a hot offense led by junior Amanda Sanchez and solid pitching from freshman Lauren Rice and redshirt Junior Madi Norman.
The Tigers tallied 47 runs over the weekend.
Madi Norman will start her second home opener, Braxton Burnside will return from an ankle injury and a combination of Brooke Wilmes and Amanda Sanchez at the plate should provide offensive power for the Tigers.
Norman started her second home opener, and a combination of Wilmes and Sanchez at the plate provided offensive power for the Tigers.
After four great offensive performances, the Tigers put up 36 runs in California.
A 2-0 start to the weekend slipped into a disappointing 2-3 tournament after pitching and hitting issues.
Kirkpatrick has over 30 years of experience at both the collegiate and professional level.
Despite former coach Ehren Earleywine being fired on Jan. 26, the Tigers believe they have what it takes to compete this season.
The Tigers’ 2018 schedule includes a home tournament and 13 non-tournament home games.
Ehren Earleywine played baseball three years at Westminster and then returned for six years as an assistant and head coach.