Top Ranked Pitcher Commits to Missouri
By Adam Chasen
OLNEY, MD - Good Counsel sophomore pitcher, Tori Finucane, has announced an oral commitment to play softball at the University of Missouri. The Falcon's star pitcher was the WCAC Conference Player of the Year last season, in just her freshman campaign.
Finucane is considered the top pitching prospect in the nation for the 2013 recruiting class, and quite a get for the emerging Missouri program. She has an impressive power fastball that sits in the 67-68mph range, but she has four or five other plus pitches in her repertoire as well. The whole package is a devastating combination for opposing hitters.
Speaking to Finucane, it is clear she embraces the opportunities in front of her and recognizes her unique situation. Most young athletes would have a hard enough time evaluating college athletic programs in their second year of high school, but Finucane has already taken her academics into account.
"I had to grow up a lot faster. This (Missouri) is the perfect fit for me, I will not regret this decision," said Finucane, in regards to her commitment at the beginning of her sophomore year. "They have a great journalism department; I think it's the number one program in the country. I've always loved sports, I've always watched and listened to the broadcasts and thought it was cool."
Missouri finished last season ranked #8 overall in the ESPN preseason top 25, and won the Big 12 Conference championship.
Missouri Head Coach Ehren Earleywine has led the softball program to unprecedented success in his four years at the program. His teams have captured back-to-back-to-back regional championships, a Big 12 title, the first two 50-win seasons in Missouri history, and two consecutive Women's College World Series appearances. Earleywine is the first Tiger coach ever to lead his team to back-to-back trips to the World Series.
Finucane is currently training hard with her personal trainer, pitching coach, and Shamrock's club team this fall. Once time permits, she will begin working with her Good Counsel teammates as the spring softball season nears.
Tori Finucane's final statistics for the full season with the 14U Shamrocks:
2009-10: Shamrocks 14U
Team Record- 70-12-1
Pitching Record: 48-4 (plus 4 saves)
ERA of 0.49
2010 ASA 14u ASA State Champions
2010 ASA Nationals - 25th out of 156 teams