Mizzou Set for Date with Cal in Friday Night Norman Lights

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WHEN: Friday, May 19 @ 6:30pm CT

WHERE: Marita Hynes Field | Norman, Okla.


STATS: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=466296&vislive=miss

HISTORY: Cal leads the head-to-head series 5-3, but Mizzou won the last matchup 11-7 in the 2020 Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, CA.

Let’s check in with our hometown Tigers!

Karen Steger Designs

2022 RECORD: 38-22, 12-11 (7th in SEC)

2023 RECORD: 34-24, 7-17 (tied for 13th in SEC), 14-5 neutral

RANKINGS: no. 38 in RPI; no. 34 SOS

RANKED RECORD: 8 (#8 NW, #20 UCF, #8 UF, #17 Alabama, #12 LSU, #25 TX A&M, #12 Arkansas x2) - 18 (#6 Texas, #22 OR, #3 OK State, #16 UK x3, #8 UF x2, #21 Auburn x3, #17 Alabama x2, #12 LSU x2, #25 TX A&M x2, #12 Arkansas)

RECORD VS. RPI RANKS: 7-16 v. #1-25 | 3-6 v. #26-50 | 12-2 v. #51-100 | 4-0 v. #101-200 | 8-0 v. #201+




“All season long, we really measured ourselves against ourselves. And there isn’t anything any teams gonna do that we haven’t prepared for.”

“We have alot of respect for Oklahoma and their tradiions and what they’ve done for the game. But we’re not going to do anything different. We just have to play sharp softball and teams like Oklahoma, they take advantage of mistakes. So we have to minimize our mistakes, because if we make mistakes, then we’re just beating ourselves. They have a very potent lineup. They have a lot of depth. So we really have to focus on playing perfect, taking advantage of opportunities. That if they throw the ball at the heart of the plate, we can’t miss it. We can’t expect that we’re going to get multiple opportunities within an AB.”

“We’re getting production at any point in the lineup, so we’re not really hoping that the lineup turns and get someone up in the right spot... They are really staying disciplined in the strike zone. I’m not seeing them chase a lot of balls. They’re understanding what pitcher they’re looking to hit and what pitches they’re looking to take where we’re drawing a lot of key walks. We’re getting that leadoff batter on base, and now we just have to have better situational hitting to be able to get some runners in scoring position to capitalize.”

And now... the opponent:

Karen Steger Designs

2022 RECORD: 28-27-1 (8-16 in PAC-12)

2023 RECORD: 33-19 (9-14-1, 6th in PAC-12), 12-3 Neutral sites

RANKINGS: RV (ESPN/USA Today) | 29 in RPI (highest was #20 in March) | 31 SOS

RANKED RECORD: 4 (#2 UCLA, #24 Utah x2, #8 Stanford) - 12 (#2 UCLA x 2, #24/21 Utah x2, #10 UW x3, #8 Stanford x2, #14 OR x3)

RECORD VS. RPI RANKS: 4-12 v. #1-25 | 1-1 v. #26-50 | 12-5-1 v. #51-100 | 14-1 v. #101-200 | 2-0 v. #201




“Chelsea Spencer is their head coach. She’s a Cal alum. She’s coached at Oregon. She’s coached at Texas. She is a fireball of a coach and I know that Cal is going to have a ton of energy becuase of that. They haven’t been (to the tournament) in a while, so I know they’r egoing to be really excited for this opportunity. They’re scrappy. They fight like crazy. We have to match that energy and match that competitiveness, if not bringing more.”

“They make a lot of changes in their pitching staff, so that’s going to be a key for us to be able to make those adjustments when we go from pitcher to pitcher because we’re probably going to see multiple throughout the course of the game.”

How they Match up:

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