Missouri softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas named All-American

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 9:58 p.m. CDT

Missouri senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas was named a first-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday. The Tigers ace finishes her career with three first-team All-American honors.

The Missouri program's winningest pitcher at 111-31, Thomas went 24-6 in 2013 with a 1.16 ERA, which ranks sixth in the nation. She struck out 232 batters in 198.1 innings of work, a total ranks ninth at the school. Thomas' efforts from 2011 (397 strikeouts) and 2012 (306 strikeouts) rank as the top two single-season marks.

Thomas was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year this season after being named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Thomas finished the season with league-bests in conference wins (13), conference strikeouts (117) and conference opposing batting average (.176).

Thomas was also named to the All-SEC first team after earning five SEC Pitcher of the Week awards in 2013, becoming just the second player in the SEC to win that many in a single season.

Missouri's second three-time All-American, Thomas was also a stellar classroom performer, twice being named to the Academic All-America Division I softball team, taking first-team honors in 2013.

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