By Austin Huguelet, Columbia Missourian
Starting pitcher Casey Stangel has left the Missouri program.
COLUMBIA — Four Missouri softball players, including freshman starting pitcher Casey Stangel, are leaving the program, coach Ehren Earleywine said.
“I can confirm that Sarah Moore, Carlie Rose, Kelli Schkade and Casey Stangel are no longer members of our program,” he said in a statement released Wednesday. “We wish Sarah, Carlie, Kelly and Casey the best and thank them and their families for being a part of our program.”
The exact reasons for the four players’ transfers are not clear.
Stangel, a lefthander, posted a 15-10 record with a 3.27 ERA in her first season with the Tigers, including 14 complete games. Stangel was named MaxPreps’ player of the year her senior season for Lake City High School in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, after she compiled a .640 batting average and a perfect 28-0 record with a 0.73 ERA on the mound.
Stangel (15-10) threw seven innings and allowed eight runs, five of which were earned, in a season-ending 8-1 loss to Nebraska on May 18. MU finished 43-18 with two NCAA regional championship losses to the No. 19 Cornhuskers, snapping a streak of six consecutive regional championships for the Tigers.
The team only lost two players to graduation after the season, and Stangel and fellow freshman pitcher Tori Finucane were expected to be the one of the best pitching duos in the country next year.
Schkade, a fellow freshman and infielder from Albany, Texas, posted a .227 batting average with three home runs and 16 RBIs. Schkade was named the SEC Freshman of the Week in April, when she batted 6-for-16 with a home run against Auburn.
Moore, a sophomore outfielder from Chino Hills, Calif., hit just .091 with one home run during her second season. She started 24 games and hit .170 in her freshman year.
Rose, a redshirt sophomore catcher from Nixa who announced her departure via Twitter last week, posted a .216 average for the 2013-2014 season, a year after she started 31 games and hit .310 in her inaugural campaign.
MU sports information director Patrick Crawford said he did not have information regarding potential transfer destinations at this time.
NOTE: Missouri center fielder and leadoff hitter Taylor Gadbois made the National Fastpitch Coaches Association third team, the organization announced Wednesday.
Gadbois batted .421 with 55 runs scored and stole 46 bases as a sophomore. Those numbers, as well as her 85 hits, top the Tigers’ all-time marks for a single season.