Softball Sweeps Big 12 Weekly Awards
COLUMBIA - Missouri freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth and redshirt junior pitcher Chelsea Thomas were named Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the conference office. It is the first honor for Roth and the ninth time that Thomas has been recognized in her career.
Roth emerged as the team's cleanup hitter this past weekend at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., hitting safely in all five of the team's games. Overall, she went 6-for-11 (.545) with a homer, two doubles and six RBI. Her first career collegiate hit was an opposite field homer against UC Davis. Playing in her home state, Roth also drew six walks and posted a .706 OBP and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Thomas won two of the team's three games at the tournament, beating a pair of top-10 foes in No. 5 Washington and No. 7 UCLA. On Saturday night, Thomas threw her eighth career no-hitter, facing just one Huskie batter over the minimum as the lone Washington base runner reached on an error. She struck out eight batters and didn't issue a single walk in Mizzou's 2-0 victory. Against the Bruins, Thomas worked past a first inning three run homer, as the Tigers would pull out a 7-5 win in six innings. She struck out seven batters and scattered eight hits to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The No. 13 Tigers will return to the state of Missouri this weekend for the 2012 Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, hosted by UMKC. Mizzou will face the rest of the state's Division I programs in Missouri State, Saint Louis, SEMO and UMKC.