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Surprise! Mizzou Softball Returns Another Very Important Player

Mizzou News for Wednesday, June 9

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Guess Who’s Back?

Back again. Cayla’s back. Tell a friend.

Yes, I realize this is not the first time I’ve used this song lyric to share some news, but I’ve been busy these last couple weeks, and whenever it’s announced that someone big is coming back, this is immediately where my mind goes.

I’m sure you heard it already, but CAYLA KESSINGER IS BACK, Y’ALL! After much deliberation in the last couple weeks after Mizzou’s season ended in heartbreaking fashion, she’s decided to return for a SUPER super senior year. Love her hashtag! (It will be her 6th year)

Cayla, in case you’ve forgotten already, was the STAR of Game 2 of the Super Regionals, helping to force the Game Three battle when she launched two of the Tigers’ three homers in that game. On the season, she was an integral part of the squad.

From Eric Blum’s article in the Columbia Tribune:

Kessinger missed only one game this season for the Tigers and started the other 58. She batted .327, hitting 14 home runs with 34 RBIs.

She posted a .429 batting average, six homers, 32 RBIs and a .532 on-base percentage in 2020, and last April, Kessinger was selected as a second-team All-American by Softball America. She ended the abbreviated 2020 season on a 15-game hitting streak.


Side Note: The pitching performance by JMU’s Odicci Alexander cannot go unmentioned. We definitely tip our caps to the RS-Senior, who out-dueled Mizzou’s staff and gave it everything she had in the WCWS. She pitched in every single game of the post-season, throwing 1,057 pitches.

Onto the Links!

Yesterday at Rock M

More Links:


  • It’s Official Visit SZN! And with that comes excellent food.


  • Here’s a new look at Coach Pingeton’s crew!
  • It’s team photo/video time for Cuonzo’s squad!
  • Mizzou makes its official return to The Phog this December. To say I’m excited about this rivalry actually getting a DATE for a restart is an understatement. The first game was slated to begin last season but…stupid COVID. Mizzou and kU will alternate hosting duties the first 4 years, and will play two neutral site games to finish off the 6-game series.

Other Mizzou Sports

“I’m just really excited to see them. I’m excited for them to be able to see me compete and do what I love,” Fisher said. “I have a huge family. ... They’re my biggest support system. They support me and everything I do on and off the track. And I know no matter what happens, they’re going to be proud of me that I even made it this far.”

Mizzou in the NBA/WNBA

  • The Phoenix Mercury lost a hard-fought battle to the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night, 85-81. Sophie played 7 minutes, scoring 2 points on 1-2 shooting (0-1 from three) with 1 assist and a —2 +/- rating.
  • JC took to the court against the Clippers in Game One of the second round. In a really exciting game, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year and Quin Snyder’s Jazz eked out a win, 112-109. In his 28 minutes, Jordan had 18 points on 6-18 shooting (6-14 from three), with 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and a +0 +/- rating. Way to go, Jazz! Next Game: Thurs at 9pm on ESPN
  • Here’s something that will send a cold chill through your body… Michael Porter Jr is having back issues. BIG YIKES. From the Denver Post’s Mike Singer on his readiness for Game 2:
  • Wrapping up Monday night’s game, as Josh - an east coaster - understandably didn’t want to stay up til the very end for his Links… the Nuggets lost Game 1 to the Suns, 105-122. Denver went on a run in the third quarter and were up by as much as 12 at one point early on in the quarter, but after what seemed like only a minute later, they were down. And stayed down. As mentioned above, MPJ tweaked his back and didn’t play the fourth quarter. In his 31 minutes, he scored 15 points on 6-13 shooting (3-8 from three), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and more 3 PF, for a — 8 +/- rating. As for Tigers-adjacent Devin Booker, he had 21 points in 38 minutes on 8-12 shooting (1-4 from three). Next Game: Weds at 8:30 on TNT


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