Senior Lisa Simmons and Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) have garnered Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week for games of May 9-15. This is the first career honor for Hudson, while it is Thomas' sixth honor this season and seventh of her career.
Player of the Week
Lisa Simmons, Missouri, Sr., Outfielder, Boonville, Mo./Boonville
Simmons helped lead Missouri to a perfect 3-0 week, which helped the Tigers secure the outright Big 12 regular season crown. She batted .667 (6-9) during the week, which led the team. Against Oklahoma State with the Tigers down 1-0, Simmons blasted a two-run homer to put the Tigers ahead, a lead they would never relinquish. In Saturday's doubleheader against Iowa State, she picked up two hits and drove in a run in each game, lifting the Tigers to a sweep.
Pitcher of the Week
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So., Pleasantville, Iowa/Pleasantville
Thomas went 2-0 on the week, helping the Tigers to their first Big 12 regular season title since 1997. The Pleasantville, Iowa-native threw a complete game against then-No. 20 Oklahoma State to start the week, giving up just four hits and a first inning unearned run while striking out eight. She started the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Iowa State, going six innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out nine and walking zero.
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
May 10: Nicole Hudson, Missouri, So., OF
May 17: Lisa Simmons, Missouri, 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.
May 10: Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, So.
May 17: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, So.