Mizzou softball senior Chelsea Thomas was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, for the fifth time this season. Thomas became just the second conference pitcher to earn five weekly awards in a single season. The Tiger standout joins former Tennessee ace Monica Abbott, who earned five honors in 2005. Thomas finishes the regular season leading all SEC players in weekly awards.
All Thomas did this week was pitch her 11th complete game no-hitter of her Mizzou career and shut down the SEC’s hottest batting team, No. 2 Tennessee, in the process for Mizzou’s 2-0 win on Saturday, May 3. The Lady Vols entered the series with a league-best .344 batting average overall. She struck out seven over 7.0 innings, issuing three walks and one hit-by-pitch in the win which improved her season record to 20-4 and was her SEC-leading 13th conference pitching win.
The Tigers continue at the SEC Tournament on Thursday, May 9-Saturday, May 11. No. 3-seeded Mizzou faces No. 6 Arkansas on Thursday at 3 p.m. CT on ESPNU from Lexington, Ky.
SEC Weekly Honors for Mizzou:
Week 2: Nicole Hudson, Sr., 3B (Player)
Week 2: Chelsea Thomas, Sr., P (Pitcher)
Week 3: Chelsea Thomas, Sr., P (Co-Pitcher)
Week 6: Chelsea Thomas, Sr., P (Pitcher)
Week 11: Chelsea Thomas, Sr., P (Pitcher)
Week 13: Chelsea Thomas, Sr., P (Pitcher)