Missouri softball players earn All-Midwest honors

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 2:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Four Missouri softball players have earned Division I All-Midwest Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Senior outfielder Rhea Taylor wraps up her career as a four-time All-Midwest selection. Taylor is hitting .350 this season with 42 runs scored, two home runs and 34 stolen bases in 36 attempts.

This is the second All-Midwest honor for junior outfielder Ashley Fleming, who has been Missouri's top hitter this year. She is batting .372 with 15 doubles (tied for most in the Big 12) and has team highs with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs. She is also 15-for-15 in stolen bases and has a .738 slugging percentage.

Sophomore Nicole Hudson was selected as the top third baseman for the region. She is batting .342 this year with 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBIs.

Sophomore Chelsea Thomas was one of two pitchers selected. The Missouri ace is 27-5 this season with a 0.81 ERA. She has struck out 323 batters while walking just 39 and giving up only 24 earned runs. She is one of 10 players in the running for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year award.

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