Missouri's Thomas earns another Big 12 softball pitching honor

Monday, May 14, 2012 | 10:01 p.m. CDT; updated 10:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 14, 2012
Pitcher Chelsea Thomas, right, high fives third baseman Nicole Hudson after pitching a no-hitter against Oklahoma State at University Field on Friday afternoon. Thomas struck out 12 during her 11th career no-hitter.

COLUMBIA — Chelsea Thomas, the Missouri softball team's junior ace has been named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week. It is the fourth award this season for Thomas and the 12th honor of her career.

In a three-game series against Oklahoma State over the weekend at University Field, Thomas collected two victories in two starts and also earned her third save of the season.

On Friday, she threw her 11th career no-hitter (including four perfect games) in a 4-0 win over the Cowgirls. She struck out 12 and walked two in seven innings. Saturday, she came on in the fifth inning and allowed no runs in a 5-3 Tigers win. Then Sunday, she gathered 13 strikeouts in a 1-0, 10-inning victory to become the Tigers' all-time leader in strikeouts with 898.

The weekend performance made for a 0.00 ERA in 19.1 innings of work, and included striking out 30 batters to just six walks and five hits. Thomas is now a 23-7 this season with a 1.07 ERA.

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