OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) has been selected the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 28- March 6. Thomas went 3-0 on the week with not only one perfect game but two perfect games and a 0.00 ERA.
“It's such an honor to be named National Player of the Week. We had an outstanding week on the diamond, both at the plate and in the field,” said Thomas. “With a team like mine, my job is easy."
After sitting out much of 2010 with a medical hardship, the redshirt sophomore earned her first win of the year against Drake, pitching the first perfect game for Missouri since Feb. 17, 2002, and first seven inning perfect game for the Tigers since April 26, 1991.She worked seven innings in the March 2 contest against Drake, striking out 11 for a 5-0 Missouri win.
“I’m so happy for Chelsea,” said Missouri Head Coach Ehren Earleywine. “She’s been through a lot with her injury and has worked very hard to get be back in the circle. This is a nice way for her to be rewarded for her perseverance.”
Following a 7-0 win against Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) on March 4, where she struck out 10 while not allowing a run, Thomas extended her record to 3-0 on the week with yet another perfect game against Missouri State. The Tigers beat Missouri State, 11-0 in six innings, with Thomas striking out a school record 15 batters, edging her own record of 14 set last season.
She finished the weekend with a 0.00 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched and three complete games. She issued 36 strikeouts to one walk and held opposition to a 0.48 batting average.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.