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Missouri softball's Thomas and Roth named Big 12 Players of the Week

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 7:29 p.m. CST; updated 7:57 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two members of the Missouri softball team earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

Despite slipping from No. 11 to No. 13 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 rankings, the team had All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas and freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth earned the awards after their performances at the Cathedral City Classic over the weekend.

Thomas, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, was instrumental in two of the Tigers' three wins over the weekend, pitching against and defeating No. 16 UCLA and No. 3 Washington. This was the ninth time in Thomas' career that she has earned the award.

Against Washington, she tossed the eighth no-hitter of her career, facing only one Huskie batter over the minimum. The only runner Thomas allowed on base reached on an error. Thomas (3-1) ended the weekend with a 2-0 record, tallying 15 strikeouts over 13 innings.

The Big 12 Player of the Week, Roth, hit safely in all five games of the tournament, hitting 6 for 11 (.545). Her first hit of the tournament, also the first of her collegiate career, came as an opposite field two-run home run that led to an 8-0 victory against UC Davis. Roth finished the tournament as the second leading hitter on the team for the young season (.333) and tied for the team lead in runs batted in (7).


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