Thomas, Taylor Named to 2012 USA Team

Rhea Taylor

Jan. 11, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For the second straight year, former Missouri outfielder Rhea Taylor and redshirt junior pitcher Chelsea Thomas were named to the USA Softball Women’s National Team, as the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced 12 members of the 2012 squad on Wednesday.

Additionally, 11 other athletes have accepted an invitation to try out for one of the remaining five roster spots. Throughout the spring, additional athletes will be invited to the June Selection Camp to compete for the five remaining roster openings and for spots on the 2012 USA Women’s Elite National Team. Following the selection camp, the National Team and the Elite National Team will face each other in exhibition games to prepare for competition.

The Women’s National Team will compete at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Thomas and Taylor were members of the 2011 USA team that claimed a pair of gold medals, placing first at the World Cup of Softball in July and at the Pan American Games in October. Taylor started in 22 of the 25 games in 2011 and went 23-for-63 (.365) with 24 runs scored and five RBI. She led the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team in stolen bases, going 9-for-11. Thomas served as the team’s primarily reliever and threw 41.1 innings, tied for second-most on the team. She posted a 4-2 record and struck out 60 batters, the second highest amongst Team USA’s pitchers.

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