Missouri softball team sweeps Big 12 weekly awards

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | 10:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — For the second time this season, the Missouri softball team has swept the Big 12 Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.

Senior Lisa Simmons was named Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while sophomore Chelsea Thomas was picked as Pitcher of the Week for the sixth time this season. Missouri had more weekly award winners this season than any other Big 12 school with nine.

Simmons helped the Tigers to three straight victories last week, guiding them to their first regular season conference title by hitting .667 in the span. With the Tigers down 1-0 Thursday at Oklahoma State, Simmons hit a two-run home run to put Missouri ahead for good. In Saturday’s doubleheader against Iowa State, Simmons, a Boonville native, had two hits and an RBI in each game to lift the Tigers to a sweep.

With a two wins in as many starts, Thomas was picked as pitcher of the week for the eighth time in her career. She threw a complete game victory against the Cowgirls, giving up four hits, striking out eight batters and walking two. Thomas started the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Iowa State and tossed the first six innings, allowing one run on four hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. The right-hander is tied for the NCAA lead with a 0.81 earned run average to go with her 27-5 record.

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