Senior Kelsey Spittler (Texas A&M) and sophomore Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) have earned Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for games of April 25-May 1. This is the first career honor for Spittler, while it is Thomas' fifth honor this season and sixth of her career.
Player of the Week
Kelsey Spittler, Texas A&M, Sr., Outfielder, Caldwell, Texas/Caldwell
Spittler hit an impressive .857 this week, going 6-for-7 as the 21st-ranked Aggies swept Kansas in Lawrence. The senior had three singles and an RBI in game one and added two base hits and a three-run home run in game two as A&M run-ruled KU, 13-0 in five innings.
Spittler leads the Aggies in Big 12 games with a .429 average, collecting a team-high 15 hits and 20 total bases. She is tied for second in the conference in individual batting for Big 12 games only and ranks third in league stats in on base percentage (.500).
Pitcher of the Week
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So., Pleasantville, Iowa/Pleasantville
Thomas threw the first four innings in a five-inning perfect game against Southern Illinois - Evansville on Wednesday, combining with Kristin Nottelmann for the team's third perfect game of the season. The sophomore struck out 10 batters in those four innings in Mizzou's 10-0 win. On Saturday, Thomas allowed just one hit - an infield single - in her victory against No. 16 Oklahoma State. She struck out 13 in seven innings and faced just one over the minimum as she didn't allow a single walk.
She now stands at 23-4 on the season with a 0.72 ERA, 283 strikeouts and 34 walks. She's only four strikeouts away from breaking Mizzou's single-season record, set by Erin Kalka in 2004. Opponents are hitting only .140 her and she's allowed 10 extra-base hits this year.
2011 BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Feb. 15: Jessica Shults, Oklahoma, So., C
Feb. 22: Taylor Edwards, Nebraska, Fr. C
March 1: Logan Hall, Texas Tech, Jr. INF
March 8: Cydney Allen, Texas Tech, Jr., C
March 15: Sandy James, Texas Tech, So., INF
March 22: Dani Dobbs, Oklahoma, Sr., INF
March 29: Chelsea Garcia, Oklahoma State, Jr., INF
April 5: Lexy Bennett, Texas, Jr., INF
April 12: Amy Hooks, Texas, Sr., OF
April 19: Nicole Hudson, Missouri, So., OF
April 26: Courtney Craig, Jr., OF
May 3: Kelsey Spittler, Sr., OF
2011 BIG 12 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Feb. 15: Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, So.
Feb. 22: Blaire Luna, Texas, So.
March 1: Kat Espinosa, Oklahoma State, So.
March 8: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So.
March 15: Whitney Canion, Baylor, So.
March 22: Blaire Luna, Texas, So.
March 29: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So.
April 5: Ashley Hagemann, Nebraska, Jr.
April 12: Blaire Luna, Texas, So.
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So.
April 19: Chelsea Thomas, Misouri, So.
April 26: Blaire Luna, Texas, So.
May 3: Chelsea Thomas, Misouri, So.