Chelsea Thomas nominated for Honda Sports Award

Monday, June 6, 2011 | 3:13 p.m. CDT; updated 4:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Honda's Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced Monday that Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas is one of four finalists for the 2010-11 Softball Honda Sports Award.

The nomination is the latest in a series of honors for Thomas. She was named a First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and also Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Thomas was also one of three finalists for the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award given annually by the Amateur Softball Association of America.

Thomas’s 0.95 ERA led pitchers nationwide, and her 32 wins tied the Missouri single season record. She also set a  school record in strikeouts with 397.

The other three finalists for the Honda Sports Award are California pitcher Jolene Henderson, Florida outfielder Kelsey Bruder and Stanford outfielder Ashley Hansen.

The winner of the award, determined by nationwide balloting, will become a candidate for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding female collegiate athlete.

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