Thomas Wins Second SEC Pitcher of the Week Award

By Karl Roskamp

Despite battling food poisoning, Chelsea Thomas earned a share of the Southeastern Conference’s Pitcher of the Week honor for the second time this season.

Thomas shared the honor with Alison Owen of Mississippi State.

On Thursday, the redshirt senior pitched the opening game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.  She was pulled after two innings though due to food poisoning.  The appearance was the only time Thomas did not pitch a complete game this season and included her only earned run in 28 innings pitched.  She did pitch long enough to earn her third win as No. 7 Missouri beat Maryland 13-1.

Thomas came back the next day to lead Missouri to a 4-3 victory over No. 5 Florida in extra innings.  She pitched all 12 innings and struck out a career-high 19 batters.  The win was the Tigers’ first conference win in the SEC.  Thomas allowed only five hits and the three runs allowed were all unearned. Missouri won on third basemen Nicole Hudson’s walk-off RBI single that gave Florida its first loss of the year.

Thomas is currently 4-0 with a conference best 0.25 ERA and ranks second in opposing batting average with .115.

Missouri is scheduled to play next at the Missouri Breast Cancer Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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