Missouri softball's Thomas makes final cut for Player of the Year honors

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 4:52 p.m. CDT

Missouri softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas is one of three finalists for the 10th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball narrowed the players to three Wednesday morning.

Thomas is Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. She has a record of 29-6 with a 0.82 ERA heading into the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend in Columbia. Her ERA ranks second in the nation, and her 342 strikeouts this season set a Missouri record. She has held opposing hitters to a 0.141 batting average and has only given up 15 extra base hits in her 39 appearances.

Katelyn Boyd of Arizona State University and Ashley Hansen of Stanford are also finalists for the award. The winner will be announced Tuesday. Should Thomas win, she would be Missouri’s first recipient.

Thomas and the No.5-seeded Tigers continue their postseason play at University Field when they take on No.12 Washington in a best-of-three series beginning Saturday.


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