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May 10, 2013

Thomas is SEC Pitcher of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mizzou softball seniors Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) and Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) earned major awards from the Southeastern Conference to finish the Tigers’ first regular season campaign in the league.

Thomas earned conference pitcher of the year for the third time in her career, while Marston was recognized for her efforts in the classroom, receiving SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Both Thomas and Marston earned First Team All-SEC spots at pitcher and catcher, respectively. Thomas also received SEC All-Defensive Team recognition.

A two-time All-American, Thomas has added an SEC Pitcher of the Year honor to her Big 12 Pitcher of the Year awards from 2011 and 2012. She was the winningest pitcher in league games in 2013, claiming 13 SEC wins.

Thomas finished the conference season with league bests in conference strikeouts (117) and conference opposing batting average (.176). Thomas is also the league leader in overall games ERA (1.25) and overall opposing batting average (.155).

She allowed just 12 extra base hits during SEC action in her 107.1 league innings pitched. Thomas adds the First Team All-SEC nod to her two First Team All-Big 12 honors (2011, 2012).

Thomas additionally earned her fifth SEC Pitcher of the Week award on Monday, May 6, becoming just the second player in SEC history to win five weekly pitcher awards in a single season (Monica Abbott, Tennessee, 2005).

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