May 31, 2009
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri softball team officially concluded its season by presenting its annual end-of-the-year awards to select individuals on the 11th-ranked squad. All 22 members of the Women's College World Series team voted for the Hardest Worker, Newcomer of the Year, Best Hitter, Best Pitcher, Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player of the Year. Senior second baseman Andee Allen (Barnhart, Mo.) was presented with two awards, Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player.
Sophomore shortstop Abby Vock (Morrison, Ill.) was named the Hardest Worker by her teammates while freshman pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) was tabbed Newcomer of the Year. The Best Hitter award was presented to Rhea Taylor while senior Stacy Delaney received the Best Pitcher accolade.
Allen, who closed out her senior career with a.969 fielding percentage made 116 putouts and 105 assists in 2009. A solid defensive player, Allen and aided in turning nine double plays and finished her four years at Missouri with a .967 fielding percentage. With 660 at bats, 199 career hits, 41 doubles and 103 RBI, Allen etched her name among the top 10 in several categories of the Missouri record book.
"Awards from your teammates are the greatest compliment a player can receive at any level," Missouri Head Coach Ehren Earleywine said.
Vock finished the season as resident shortstop managing 75 putouts and 112 assists in the field.
A sophomore All-American, Taylor wrapped up the year with a .404 batting average consisting of 72 hits in 178 at bats. Taylor averaged .563 as leadoff batter ripping nine doubles, three triples and four home runs.
The Newcomer of the Year award was given to Thomas who recorded a 16-7 record and 1.65 ERA. With 10 solo shutouts, good enough for 10th best in the Missouri single season record book, Thomas hurled 148.2 innings, striking out 116 of her opponents while holding her foes to a mere .185 batting average. Thomas allowed only 35 earned runs on the year and threw back-to-back no hitters in her inaugural season at Missouri.
Teammate Delaney finished her final year in the Black and Gold with a 1.32 ERA, having thrown 133 innings and forcing 134 strikeouts. At 16-3 on the year, Delaney collected six solo shutouts including a no hitter against then No. 15 North Carolina on March 15.
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