The uncertainty surrounding the Missouri coaching situation has led to another formidable piece of the Tiger squad departing for parts as-yet unknown. It was announced today that senior pitcher Tori Finucane will transfer to Minnesota for her final season of eligibility.
Finucane will be joined for her first season in red and gold by Allie Arneson, who will move to the Gophers after a single season at Virginia.
The second high-profile exit from the Mizzou program amidst an ongoing investigation into head coach Ehren Earleywine, Finucane follows her fellow former pitching staff member Paige Lowary to non-SEC contenders.
As the ace of the staff as a freshman, Finucane posted a 21-6 record with a 1.73 ERA in 2014 in over 190 innings of work. She earned both the conference Freshman of the Year trophy and first-team all-SEC honors that year.
In joining the Golden Gophers, she'll be part of another stellar 1-2 punch in the circle, this time along with Sara Groenewegen. Groenewegen, for her part, is a two-time all-American who holds a career 1.93 ERA with 907 strikeouts in more than 580 innings of work. In her three seasons in Minneapolis, opposing hitters have recorded just a .180 batting average against the Canadian.
Arneson hit .268 as a freshman at UVA, starting forty-three games at the shortstop position and knowing in fifteen runs on five home runs and fourteen extra-base hits in total.