Chelsea Thomas named to WCWS All Tournament Team
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas has been named to the 2011 Women's College World Series All-Tournament team. This is the second straight year and second time in program history that Missouri has had a member of their team selected to the All-Tournament squad, as Rhea Taylor was selected for her performance at the 2010 WCWS.
Thomas led Missouri to their first WCWS win in 20 years, as the Tigers eliminated Big 12 rival Oklahoma with a 4-1 victory in the first game of the loser's bracket. Thomas threw all seven innings, allowed six hits, one run and struck out six. She was the tough-luck loser in a 13 inning marathon game against Baylor later that night, where Missouri lost 1-0. Thomas absolutely shined on the national stage, as she struck out 19 batters in 12.2 innings pitched while scattering eight hits. She struck out 33 total batters in 25.2 innings pitched overall at the World Series.
For the year, Thomas led the nation with a 0.95 earned run average. She set a new school record for strikeouts with 397 and tied the single season wins mark with 32. She was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and was selected as an NFCA First Team All-American for the first time in her career. Thomas will be trying out for the U.S. Women's National Team next week from June 12-17.