The Missouri Tigers have garnered a verbal commitment from a 2013 C/OF prospect, Kirsten Mack 5'11" 160 Riverside (CA) Arlington. Mack, who also plays for the California LITE 18U softball team, is a right-handed thrower, and a right-handed power hitter who has played corner infield and corner outfield positions, as well as getting in some work behind the plate. Recently, she took time to speak with ShowMeMizzou.com.
Last summer, Mack played 85 games for Cal LITE, including 8 games behind the plate, 46 games in left field, 23 games at 1B, 5 games in right field, and 1 game each in CF, and at 3B. Third base is her primary position for her Arlington High softball team. She plans to sign with Missouri this November.
Cal LITE is one of the premier softball teams in the country. Last summer, they won the Irvine Champions Cup, and placed third at Premier and in the Colorado Fireworks Showcase. Overall, Mack hit .405 for Cal Lite last summer, with 16 HRs, .435 OB%, and a .571 slugging %.
"Basically, (I play softball) all year round," said Mack, who is also a former baseball player. "I've only been playing softball for about three years. I played baseball (with the boys) until I was almost thirteen."
Mack said that Missouri offered her immediately after Coach Earleywine saw her play for the first time.
Mack chose Missouri over offers from Texas, Mississippi State, San Diego State, UNLV, Cal State Northridge, St. Joseph's, and San Jose State. She visited Missouri just a couple of weeks after she received her offer, and she committed to Missouri shortly thereafter.
When Mack first received her Missouri offer, she didn't know much about Coach Earleywine, but a conversation with her travel team coach proved to be very informative.
"My coach was a former Olympian, and she had coached the Junior National Team," explained Mack. "So, she's kind of in the know about coaches. When we found out that (Coach Earleywine) had offered me a scholarship, she said "You'd be dumb not to choose (Missouri). (Coach Earleywine) is probably the best coach in the nation" just hitting-wise. And, she told me about him, and his hitting philosophy, and she said that he is one of the most-respected coaches in the game."
"I pretty much fell in love with Missouri the minute that I stepped on campus," said Mack.
Mack could end up playing a corner spot for the Tigers, but she said that Coach Earleywine is considering putting her behind the plate.
"That's sort of up in the air right now," explained Mack, talking about the position where she is projected to play at Missouri. "Coach Earleywine told me that maybe at the end of the summer that he'll have more of an idea of what position he'll want me to field. He saw in right field, left field, at first base, and catching. He saw me more catching, and I think he's leaning more toward catching."
Mack began playing on the Arlington varsity her freshman year, when she posted a .235 BA, and a .316 OB%. Each year, her plate production has increased. As a sophomore, Mack posted a .333 BA, .369 OB%, and .467 slugging %, with 16 runs scored, 1 HR, and 12 RBIs. Thus far during her junior year, Mack is hitting .395, with a .480 OB%, .581 slugging %, 15 runs, 1 HR, and 15 RBIs.
Mack has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Great Britain, and she has already played with the U19 National Team in Great Britain.
She's a real good student who is looking forward to coming to Missouri.