Missouri softball adds pitcher

Transfer from Nebraska Omaha

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Cross this one off the checklist.

The Missouri softball team was looking to add some depth to its pitching staff during the offseason, and the Tigers did that Thursday by adding Cheyenne Baxter, a transfer from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Baxter was a 2012 Missouri second-team all-state selection in Class 1 while playing her senior season for Norborne High School.

As the No. 2 pitcher for Omaha this past season, the 6-foot Baxter logged 46.1 innings in her freshman campaign, posting a 4-1 record.

“Getting a third pitcher was our top priority this offseason, and we’re so thankful to have landed Cheyenne,” Missouri head coach Ehren Earleywine said. “Not only does she have great potential, but she’s an in-state kid who will take great pride in playing at Mizzou.”

Baxter helped Norborne High School and head coach Michael Lock to a 20-2 record as a senior. Prior to switching to pitching full-time, Baxter earned second team all-state honors as an infielder as a junior in 2011. That year, she helped the Pirates go 26-1 season and earned first team all-region, all-district and all-conference recognition for the second consecutive year.

“I’m excited to come to Mizzou because I love the atmosphere in Columbia,” Baxter said. “Most of my family is made up of Missouri alums, and it’s basically been a dream of mine to play for Mizzou.

“I really like the coaching staff because they are some of the best in the nation. I think they will do a great job of bringing out my full potential.”

Baxter was also a Class 1 all-state selection by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association during her senior season, and she also ran track in high school.

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