Thomas and Taylor help Team USA softall team win Pan American Games

Monday, October 24, 2011 | 10:11 p.m. CDT

Chelsea Thomas and Rhea Taylor helped lead the United States National Softball Team to a gold medal at the Pan American Games with an 11-1 four-inning victory over Canada on Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Thomas, the ace for the Missouri softball team who will be a junior next season, got two starts for Team USA and picked up wins in both games.

Game results

Oct. 17 - United States 10, Venezuela 0 (4 inn.)
Oct. 18 - United States 10, Dominican Republic 0 (4 inn.)
Oct. 18 - United States 7, Mexico 0 (5 inn.)
Oct. 19 - United States 3, Cuba 0
Oct. 19 - United States 4, Puerto Rico 1
Oct. 20 - United States 12, Canada 5 (5 inn.)
Oct. 21 - United States 8, Argentina 0 (6 inn.)
Oct. 22 - United States 13, Cuba 1 (5 inn.)
Oct. 23 - United States 11, Canada 1 (4 inn.)

In her first game against the Dominican Republic, she allowed no runs in a 10-0 four-inning victory for the Americans. She pitched again against Puerto Rico and allowed one run in a 4-1 win. Thomas finished the tournament with 17 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA.

Taylor, a three-time All-American for the Tigers before her eligibility ended last season, hit safely in her first four games and accumulated a .357 average, scored six runs, had one RBI and stole two bases.

Team USA finished the tournament with a 9-0 record.

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