May 30, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Two members of the 2012 Missouri softball team have been named All-Americans, announced on Wednesday afternoon by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Redshirt junior Chelsea Thomas picked up First Team honors, while senior Ashley Fleming was selected to the Second Team. Both Thomas and Fleming were named All-Americans last year.
Now a two-time First Team All-American, Thomas finished the season with a 27-9 record and a 1.16 earned run average. In 229.1 innings pitched, she struck out 306 batters - the second-most ever in a single season at Missouri - and walked only 80. Thomas was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year, becoming just the second player in conference history to win the award multiple times. She also set the program record for most strikeouts in a career earlier this season and now has 942 heading in to her senior year.
One of the program's best offensive players of all-time, Fleming will leave Mizzou as a two-time Second Team All-American. She led the team in all major offensive categories this season, hitting .365 with 16 home runs, 12 doubles and 51 runs batted in. She stole nine bases in 12 attempts, got on base at a .463 clip and posted a .702 slugging percentage while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Her career batting average (.340) is ninth-highest ever at Mizzou, while she finishes her career with 201 hits, the seventh Tiger in program history to surpass 200 hits. Her 43 career home runs are tied for second-most at Missouri, while her 173 career RBI are fourth-highest ever.
Fleming and Thomas become the third players in Missouri history to win All-America honors multiple times. The Tigers have had nine All-America selections under head coach Ehren Earleywine since he took over in 2007.