Missouri softball has signed a class of 9 players for 2011. Last spring, we profiled seven of those, who had already committed to Missouri. Links to those profiles are provided below. Since then, Coach Ehren Earleywine has added a couple of more talented prospects.
Kelsea (K Train) Roth is a right-handed hitting 1B from Yorba Linda, CA, who attends Esperanza High, and has a reputation as one of the west coast's premier power hitters. She has been playing for the So Cal Choppers, one of the top teams competing in the 18 Gold division.
"The coaches are great! And, I really felt like it was a place where I fit in," said Roth, talking about her decision to sign with Missouri. "It's a great campus and atmosphere, and I really loved it!"
Roth had visited Missouri the week of September 9th, and enjoyed her time with her new teammates.
"They're really great girls," said Roth. "Great attitude! It was fun, hanging out with them."
"I'm really excited (to come to Missouri)," exclaimed Roth. "I can't wait!"
Roth hit "around .400," during her junior year at Esperanza High, and describes herself as a "hard worker", with power to all fields.
"I love hitting," said Roth, who then admitted that she walks a lot, because no one wants to pitch to her.
Alyssa Cousins 5'9" 160 Carrollton (TX) Newman Smith is a right-handed hitting catcher who is very athletic, and has a strong, accurate throwing arm. She runs well for a catcher, and has been timed from home to first in 2.9 seconds, and from home to home in 12.6 seconds. At the plate, she has shown power to all fields.
"I've always been a really big fan of Missouri softball," said Cousins, explaining her decision to play for Coach Earleywine. "And, the opportunity was given to me. It's a great academic school, and a beautiful town. I loved the atmosphere, and the coaching staff."
Cousins led her team in HRs her sophomore and junior years, with 8 HRs during her junior year. She also led her high school team in walks (21 sophomore year) and OBP all three years, and hit .417 her junior year. She has averaged an OBP of .548 over her first three years of high school.
Cousins was honored as her high school's Offensive MVP all three years, and as the All District Catcher all three years, and was named Catcher of the Year her sophomore year. She was named to the All Tournament Team at Carrollton Farmers Branch Tournament of Champions, 2 years in a row, and was named to the All Tournament Team at San Angelo Umpires Tournament.
Cousins was named Academic All District her first three years in high school, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Cousins is expected to remain behind the plate for the Tigers, and indicated that her throwing arm and defensive skills are her greatest assets on the field. She has played for the Texas Fusion, which she helped qualify for the 2009 ASA Gold Nationals in OKC, in the 18 Gold division, and mentioned that most of the girls on her team, and on the teams she usually plays against, are headed to the Big 12.
Cousins chose Missouri over Iowa, Louisiana-Lafayette, and North Texas, among others.