Ten Big 12 softball players have been named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced. Missouri led all squads with three selections, while Baylor and Oklahoma had two honors apiece. Nebraska, Texas and Texas A&M each garnered one recipient.
MU pitcher Chelsea Thomas earned first-team honors by going 31-6 on the year and recording the nation's lowest ERA at 0.83. Missouri's second-team selection was outfielder Ashley Fleming, who batted .358 this season for the Tigers, while also tallying 62 RBI and slugging .721. Outfielder Rhea Taylor became a three-time All-American this season for MU by leading her team with a .371 batting average and stealing 43-of-45 bases attempted.
Baylor was led by second-team pitcher Whitney Canion and third-team shortstop Dani Leal. Canion helped the Bears back to the College World Sseries by going 29-10 with a 1.28 ERA and 305 strikeouts. Leal hit .342 with 14 home runs and 38 RBIs.
For Oklahoma, Keilani Ricketts, an at-large selection on the first team, helped pitch the Sooners to the WCWS by tallying 29 wins and striking out 11.4 batters per game, the third highest total in the nation. Catcher Jessica Shults was selected to this year's second team. She ranks 18th in RBI per game at 1.09, 10th in home runs at 19 and eighth in home runs per game at 0.36.
Nebraska freshman Taylor Edwards produced outstanding numbers in her rookie season hitting .356 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI, earning her a spot on the third team. She ranked second in Husker history in home runs, third in RBI, fifth in slugging percentage (.738) and walks (37), and seventh in total bases (118) and fielding percentage (.993).
Longhorn hurler Blaire Luna took home second-team honors, compiling a 28-7 mark with a 1.27 ERA and 316 strikeouts. The sophomore from Austin, Texas, earned first-team Big 12 honors and tossed 16 shutouts, the second-most in the nation this year.
Texas A&M's Mel Dumezich earned second-team recognition, posting a 1.92 ERA on 68 earned runs while fanning 262 batters. In the latest NCAA Ranking Summary (through May 29) Dumezich ranked 12th in victories, 11th in shutouts, 33rd in strikeouts and 34th in hits allowed per seven innings.
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, P
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, At-Large-P
Blaire Luna, Texas, P
Jessica Shults, Oklahoma, C
Ashley Fleming, Missouri, OF
Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M, UT/Pitcher
Whitney Canion, Baylor, At-Large-P
Taylor Edwards, Nebraska, C
Dani Leal, Baylor, SS
Rhea Taylor, Missouri, OF