Mizzou’s Thomas and Marston earn SEC Pitcher and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards

By Karl Roskamp

Missouri's starting pitcher, Chelsea Thomas, during the first inning against Evansville on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Thomas earned her 1,000th strike out in the game and earned the win. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas capped off an award winning year by being named pitcher of the year. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas and catcher Jenna Marston were named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively, as voted by SEC head coaches.

Thomas and Marston also earned First Team All-SEC honors and Thomas was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Thomas led Missouri with a 13-4 record with a 1.70 ERA in league play, putting her first and second in the SEC in those categories respectively.  She had a league-best 19 conference starts and held SEC opponents to a .176 batting average. In her career, Thomas has been elected Pitcher of the Year for her conference three times, First Team All Conference three times and All Defense once.

Marston has a 3.99 cumulative GPA as an industrial engineering major.  She earned Capital One First Team Academic All‐American recognition last season and has received Capital One Academic All-District honors three times in her career. Marston was also First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree in 2011 and 2012.  For the season, she batted .371 with a team-high 18 runs and 26 hits in league play.

The series of awards come after no Missouri players were selected to win preseason awards in the SEC.

The Tigers are scheduled to play on Thursday at 3 p.m. against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament at John Cropp Stadium at the University of Kentucky.

2013 SEC Softball Awards:

Player of the Year
Lauren Gibson, Tennessee

Pitcher of the Year
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri

Coach of the Year
Tim Walton, Florida

Freshman of the Year
Bianka Bell, LSU;
Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jenna Marston, Missouri

First Team All-SEC
P – Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
P – Hannah Rogers, Florida
IF – Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
IF – Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
IF – Madison Shipman, Tennessee
IF – Paige Wilson, Georgia
OF – Kayla Braud, Alabama
OF – Kat Dotson, Tennessee
OF – Kaylee Puailoa, Georgia
OF – A.J. Andrews, LSU
C – Jenna Marston, Missouri
DP/U – Lauren Haeger, Florida

Second Team All-SEC
P – Rachele Fico, LSU
P – Kimmy Beasley, Arkansas
IF – Samie Garcia, South Carolina
IF – Kelsey Stewart, Florida
IF – Bianka Bell, LSU
IF – Kaila Hunt, Alabama
OF – Haylie McCleney, Alabama
OF – Kelsey Horton, Florida
OF – Branndi Melero, Auburn
OF – Jacee Blades, LSU
C – Griffin Joiner, Kentucky
DP/U – Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M

Freshman All-SEC
P – Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky
P – Chelsea Wilkinson, Georgia
IF – Kelsey Stewart, Florida
IF – Bianka Bell, LSU
IF – Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia
IF – Emily Carosone, Auburn
OF – Haylie McCleney, Alabama
OF – Kaylee Puailoa, Georgia
OF – Kristi Merritt, Florida
OF – Andrea Hawkins, Alabama; Tiffany Howard, Auburn
C – Kellsi Kloss, LSU
DP/U – Cali Lanphear, Texas A&M

SEC All-Defensive
P – Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
C – Griffin Joiner, Kentucky
1B – Morgan Estell, Auburn
2B – Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
SS – Madison Shipman, Tennessee
3B – Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
LF – Kayla Braud, Alabama
CF – Haylie McCleney, Alabama
RF – Kat Dotson, Tennessee


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