With a career ERA of 1.22 and the most strikeouts in Missouri softball history, Chelsea Thomas has led an illustrious college career, but her days as a Tiger are nearing an end.
The Tigers ended last season in the Super Regionals and missed the Women’s College World Series. Their coach hopes that doesn't happen again.
After being run-ruled in the first game Sunday, Missouri battled back to stave off elimination and advance to the next level of the NCAA Softball Tournament.
Winner moves on, loser goes home in deciding regional title game Sunday.
Missouri's Chelsea Thomas finished off Hofstra in the seventh. The Tigers escaped from a game where they were outhit eight to one, played badly at times and needed some luck to win.
Missouri's Chelsea Thomas and Hofstra’s Olivia Galati, who face each other Saturday in the NCAA Columbia Regional at University Field, have a combined 22 career no-hitters and eight perfect games.
With her teammates struggling at the plate, senior Nicole Hudson stepped up in Chelsea Thomas's absence to lead the Tigers past Stony Brook 3-0 in Friday's NCAA regional opener.
Doctors think Thomas is suffering from exertional compartment syndrome, a condition that causes her hand to go numb after arm muscle exertion.
Heading into the NCAA softball tournament as a No. 6 seed, Missouri is ranked No. 8 and No. 6 in the national rankings.
Associate Athletics Director Tim Hickman says the school had previously planned a $4.5 million renovation but now envisions a new ballpark costing between $12 million and $15 million.
Missouri was selected as the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Softball Tournament, meaning Columbia will be a host site for the regionals beginning Friday through May 19 and, if Missouri advances, a host site for the super regionals the following weekend.
This week in Missouri sports, the Missouri baseball and softball teams had different experiences at weekend series. The baseball team lost in a three-game series against Alabama. The Missouri softball team won against Arkansas, advancing the team to the semifinals, only to lose against Florida 10-4.
After pitching seven innings earlier in the day to beat Tennessee, Missouri ace pitcher Chelsea Thomas could only muster two innings against No. 1 seed Florida, which won 10-4.
Missouri beat Tennessee 3-0 in the SEC tournament semifinals Saturday to advance to a 7 p.m. title game against Florida set fro 7 p.m. CST Saturday on ESPN.
Led by a home run by Kelsea Roth, Missouri beat Arkansas 8-0 in five innings to advance to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Brianna Corwin has been coach Ehren Earleywine's go-to pinch runner for all three of her seasons at Missouri, but Corwin has made other contributions to the team, too.
Missouri went 15-8 in Southeastern Conference games in its first season in the conference. The Tigers also beat Florida in a nonconference game in the Mary Nutter Classic in February.
The Tigers' Chelsea Thomas earned the conference pitching honor for the third time in her career, this time in the Southeastern Conference after winning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year twice.
Heading into the SEC tournament, Missouri is now ranked in the Top 10 in both national rankings.
The best photographs by Missourian photographers in the past week include Hickman Prom and softball and baseball games.