Missouri softball players earn national, Big 12 honors

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 7:03 p.m. CDT; updated 9:20 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri senior outfielder Ashley Fleming earned top honors for her .600 batting average, home run and eight RBIs last weekend against then-No. 3 Texas.

The American Softball Association named Fleming the USA Softball National Player of the Week. This was the second time in Fleming's career that she earned the award, having been recognized as a sophomore on May 4, 2010. It is only the fourth time Missouri has received this honor.

"With so many great players in the country, it's a huge honor to be given this award," Fleming said in a release. "I am glad I was able to contribute to the team's victories against Texas, and I'm excited to see what the rest of the season brings for this team."

Along with national honors, Fleming earned the Big 12 Player of the Week, while junior Chelsea Thomas was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for her wins in two of the team's three games at Texas. Thomas, who has earned this award three times this season and 11 times in her career, is now 16-4 with a 0.97 ERA this season.

Missouri begins a five-game homestand with a game against Northern Iowa — the Tigers' annual Military Appreciation Day, during which all military personnel get in free with their military ID — at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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