Missouri Softball has received a commitment from 2015 pitching prospect Danielle Baumgartner 5'10" 145 Mexico (MO). Recently, the talented junior spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about her decision to play softball at Missouri.
"Growing up, Missouri has always been my dream school," said Baumgartner, who is currently pitching for the St. Louis Chaos. "I have always just loved Mizzou, I mean, like all the sports."Missouri Head Coach Ehren Earleywine offered the right-handed pitcher last fall, and she committed to Missouri shortly thereafter. "It didn't take much thinking about it," said Baumgartner, who is looking forward to playing at Missouri. "I'm really excited! I can't wait!"
She's an excellent student who has thus far twice been named an Academic All-State performer. She also played basketball at Mexico. She's also a very intelligent pitcher who understands how to attack hitters.
St. Louis Chaos Coach Evan Beatty said that with high school softball in Missouri being played in the fall, he's had Baumgartner with his team for much of the year.
"Last July at Nationals, (Baumgartner) was just lights out," explained Coach Beatty. "She had just an incredible National Tournament, and that's when the (college) coaches really took notice of her."
"Her velocity is getting up there, but it's really her movement," said Coach Beatty, talking about Baumgartner's pitching arsenal. "She has a very, very good change-up. And, she has a very good drop-curve. I mean, just about any pitch that she throws is going to move."
Coach Beatty described Baumgartner as "a north and south pitcher". She utilizes a rise-ball and a drop-ball, along with her change-up. He thinks the 16-year-old's velocity will increase a little into the mid-sixties by the time she arrives at Missouri.
It sounds like Coach Earleywine just continues to add to his current pitching depth. Baumgartner realizes that there will be veteran pitchers ahead of her when she arrives at Missouri. But she just wants a chance to pitch at her home state school.
"I just can't wait to get started at Missouri," said Baumgartner. "I'm really excited!"