Softball Tigers Add To 2011 Recruiting Class

Coach Earleywine adds a 10th signee from Southwest Missouri to his 2011 softball recruiting class and gets her thoughts on playing for her dream school

The Missouri Tigers have added a 10th player to their 2011 signing class, in Carlie Rose 5'7" 145 pounds, a catcher from Nixa (MO). Rose throws right and bats right, although she says that she can switch hit. Rose reports being timed from home to first "in about 3 seconds", and from home to home "in about 11.3 seconds".

"It's always been my dream to play for Mizzou," said Rose.

Rose is a two-time First-Team All-State selection, in addition to receiving numerous other accolades, who posted a .630 batting average during her senior season for Coach Randy Towe's Nixa Eagles, while hitting 12 home runs, the second most in the state of Missouri. Rose tied the state record with a 1.370 slugging percentage, and also tied the state record with 55 RBIs. She broke the state record for extra base hits with 34 extra-base hits. Rose hit .490 for her career, and she set season and career records at Nixa for hits, home runs, runs batted in, batting average, slugging percentage, extra base hits and runs.

Rose played last summer for an ASA team, the Missouri Firestix, which is coached by Roger Burkhart, as she hit over .500, with 15 home runs, for the Firestix.

Rose, who will play with the KC Freeze 18 Gold this summer, is looking forward to the opportunity to come to Missouri in August and compete for a starting job.

"It's hard to kind of like, soak it in," explained Rose, talking about the possibility of catching Chelsea Thomas. "But, I've been working my tail off. And I'm going to continue to do the same. It's always been my dream to play for (the Tigers). To be able to get that opportunity, is just unreal."

Rose has been described as a "catch and throw" defensive catcher, who is smart, and a tough competitor.

Rose had previously committed to Missouri State, but had decided to re-open her recruitment. She's very pleased with the outcome.

Here's the rest of the 2011 class:

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