Under Head Coach Ehren Earleywine, the Missouri Tigers continue to garner outstanding softball talent. ShowMeMizzou recently spoke with 2011 C/3B Angie Randazzo 5'8" 150 lbs. San Diego (CA) Poway who has verbally committed to play at Missouri. She was being highly recruited by other strong softball programs, and had received offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan, Iowa State, San Diego, Cal-Poly, Long Beach State, Utah, and Louisville, among others, which made this decision very difficult. But, after her trip to Missouri, where she was impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities, coaching staff, and fellow players, she knew Missouri was where she wanted to play.
Angie has played with the San Diego Renegades since she was 13, and with including high school ball, she has been playing year round for the last few seasons. She is considered by the Renegade coaching staff to be a great power hitter with outstanding defensive skills as a catcher and 3rd baseman. Randazzo bats right and throws right, and has been timed running from home to first in 2.71 seconds. She's currently hitting around .320, with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs, and slugging around .585 for Poway during the ongoing high school season.
She described the level of competition against which she regularly plays as "intense". That's one of the things that went into her decision to play at Missouri, the high level of competition in the Big 12.
"I loved the coaching (at Missouri)," said Randazzo, "Just the atmosphere, the college atmosphere there. Everyone there is nice, and you can talk to anyone. And then, I just love the feeling of, like when I went there, I felt like that everyone was like a family. Everyone was for one college, you know, kind of like a one heart beat type thing. Where you're not selfish. You're not playing just for yourself. You're playing for the team. And, I just was looking for that, and I finally found it in Missouri."
Angie said that she thinks she'd like to pursue studies in physical therapy.
Another 2011 Missouri commit is CF Kelsi Jones 5'5" 130. Jones, who bats right and throws right, posted a .505 BA with 12 HRs, and led the state with 52 RBIs for the Carmel (IN) Greyhounds during the 2009 season. She also plays for the Illinois Southern Force, and was chosen as one of 17 girls nation-wide for the NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American team. She received Academic All-Conference honors each of the last two seasons.
Last summer, Jones hit .471, with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs for the Illinois Southern Force.
At the time of this writing, Kelsi is currently batting .436, with 6 HRs, and 22 RBIs for the Greyhounds, who have posted a 15-2 record, and have state play-off aspirations.
Jones is another high-level prospect with an impressive list of offers, including Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, and Illinois State, among others. She talked about what prompted her to choose Missouri.
"I love the coaching staff," Kelsi said, "And, everything about the school. The school is what really got me interested............... We drove out (to Missouri), and we checked out the school, and I absolutely loved it from the minute I got there. School wasn't even in session, and I just knew walking around, that it had the kind of feel that I wanted in a college. And, everywhere I went after that, I just kept comparing Missouri to it, and it ended up being the best place that I visited, and the best place for me."
"I love the way that Coach E carries himself," continued Jones. "And, all the other coaches were great. I love his style of coaching, how close he gets with his players, and how good of a relationship they have, and the fun they have while also getting work done at practice. He's just a great guy, and a great coach."
Jones possesses a rare combination of speed and power. She has been timed at 2.68 seconds from home to first, and 11.34 seconds from home to home.
She's an excellent student who plans to become a sports psychologist. Jones also played volleyball until last year, and admits to being a big football fan. Her favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and she knew that Pittsburgh's 2009 1st round pick was Ziggy Hood, formerly of the Missouri Tigers.
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Both Randazzo and Jones are planning to sign with Missouri in November.