ShowMeMizzou.com has learned that former University of Florida softball player Sami Fagan has verbally agreed to transfer to the University of Missouri. Fagan, who played one season for the Gators, will transfer to Missouri in time for the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester.
Due to SEC transfer rules, Fagan will be required to sit out during the 2012-2013 season, after which she will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"I'm real excited (to be coming to Missouri)," said Fagan, who had visited Missouri last week. "I really liked (Missouri) a lot. I'm really excited about it!"
Fagan went on to explain that she hadn't really considered transferring to other SEC schools, but that after talking to Coach Earleywine, and visiting the Missouri campus, she decided that Missouri was the place for her.
"I had a talk with Coach Earleywine, and I just really clicked with him," explained Fagan. "The campus was great! It was just my kind of place."
The 5'9" 150-pound Fagan, who throws right and bats left, led the Gators in hitting as a freshman during the 2012 season with a .378 batting average. Fagan, who played third base for the Gators, was twice named SEC Player of the Week, and was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. Offensively, she is a catalyst at the top of the line-up. Defensively, she's a versatile performer who can play just about anywhere on the diamond.
Prior to her arrival at Florida, Fagan was named the 2011 Gatorade Florida Player of the Year, was a 2009-10 All-State selection, and a 2011 NFCA high school All-American. She posted a state record 63-game hitting streak during her sophomore and junior seasons and batted .629 with 234 runs scored and 141 stolen bases during her career at Dunnellon. She helped lead Dunnellon to the 2010 Class 4A Florida State Championship, and Team North Florida to the 2011 ASA National Championship.
Fagan said that her departure from Florida was "complicated", and she chose to emphasize moving forward with a "clear conscience".
"I'm just looking forward to moving on," said Fagan.
I asked Fagan to describe her offensive skill set?
"I bunt, slap, and hit, " replied Fagan. "I mostly bunt and slap though. That's one thing that Coach Earleywine told me that we're going to work on a lot, is developing my swing, so that I can hit away more."
Fagan indicated that she'll spend the red-shirt year working on improving every facet of her game.