Mizzou Pitcher Bailey Erwin Transfers
March 4, 2013
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By Karl Roskamp
Missouri’s number two pitcher Bailey Erwin announced her intent to transfer on Monday afternoon.
“I’ve decided to transfer from Mizzou for personal reasons and will keep those reasons to myself,” Erwin said via Twitter. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my time here, especially my teammates.”
Erwin came into the season as the Tiger’s second pitcher behind two time All-American, Chelsea Thomas. Even though Erwin hasn’t lost a game, Nicole Hudson has challenged her spot in the rotation.
Both are 3-0 with one shutout, but Hudson has a lower ERA, 1.40 to 2.33, and has allowed a lower opponents batting average, .200 to .230.
Recently, coach Ehren Earleywine mentioned that Erwin needed to develop her pitches. In this year’s Black & Gold Game, he said, “she got hit hard,” because she was continuously throwing fastballs. Erwin pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed nine hits, including two home runs as well as several hard hit balls that went straight to outfielders. Earleywine has said she needs to get her change up to “another level” to keep hitters off balance.
Erwin’s departure will leave a large gap in Missouri’s pitching depth. Despite a shaky start, Erwin pitched 24 innings this season, only four less than Thomas. Without Erwin’s ability to pitch deep into games, Thomas will likely see less rest. Earleywine will rely more on Hudson, who prior to the season, hadn’t pitched since 2011 and Lindsey Muller, who pitched one inning this season.
Missouri will play its first series without Erwin starting Friday against No. 9 Texas A&M.
Supervising Editor for this story was Megan Rentschler