Two Tigers Named to Top 50 Watch List

MUTIGERS.COM Sophomore Chelsea Thomas
Sophomore Chelsea Thomas

Jan. 27, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri junior outfielder Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) and sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) have been selected to the prestigious Top 50 Watch List for the 2010 USA Softball College Player of the Year Award, according to the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA). The award, now in its ninth season, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players throughout the nation.

Taylor became the first player in Missouri history to be named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2008, earning All-America honors in the process. In 2009 she followed that up by leading the Big 12 in stolen bases (36), 10th most in the country, while posting the third highest batting average in the Big 12 (.404). She was an All-Big 12 First Team honoree and was named the Big 12 Player of the Week to open the season.

In Thomas' first collegiate season, she tallied a 1.65 ERA, third best in the conference, will amassing a 16-7 record. In 148.2 innings, she struck out 116 batters while walking just 46. The Iowa native recorded 10 shutouts on the year, which includes no-hitters on back-to-back days. For her work in the Big 12 Tournament, Thomas was named as the Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, the first Tiger to earn that distinction since 1997.



The 2010 list is made up of 50 players, representing 35 schools and 14 NCAA Division I conferences. Included in the list are 27 seniors, 17 juniors and six sophomores.

The ASA will announce their 25 finalists for the award on April 7. A player doesn't have to appear on the Top 50 preseason list to make the Top 25 finalist list, but the winner will be chosen from the list of 25 finalists.

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