Mizzou’s Chelsea Thomas Wins Third SEC Pitcher of the Week

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.

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.

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas won three games en route to her third Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week award this season.

The Tigers were 4-0 in her four starts and were 5-0 for the week. Thomas (7-1) threw 18 innings, struck out 22 batters and allowed seven hits and two earned runs.

Thomas threw a complete game and stuck out 10 batters in her first start of the week, with a 3-1 victory over Evansville on Wednesday. Thomas allowed two hits, including a home run to Kayla Fortner in the top of the seventh inning.

Over the weekend, Thomas started all three road games against Mississippi and earned two wins.  She and Nicole Hudson combined for a no hitter on Friday as the Tigers beat the Rebels 11-0. Thomas has been a part of 11 no-hitters in her career. Thomas threw a complete game and allowed one run in a 6-1 win Saturday and was pulled after three shutout innings as No. 8 Missouri won 12-0 on Sunday.

Thomas has now won Pitcher of the Week 15 times in her career, including awards won in the Big 12 Conference.

Missouri’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against Georgia Tech in a double header at University Field.

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