Jones, Pierce Land MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete Team Recognition

May 20, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri State softball pitcher Chelsea Jones and senior first baseman Stevie Pierce were recognized as Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honorable mention team selections, the league office announced Monday.

Pierce, a Plano, Texas native with a 3.67 grade point average in psychology, tied a Missouri State single season record by belting 10 home runs this season. She finished her career with 18 long balls, tied for fourth in school history. She also ended up third in Bears' history with 84 walks. Pierce had a phenomenal glove as her .995 career fielding percentage is the fourth-best in program history. Her senior season was her best as a Bear, setting career highs in nearly every offensive category and more than doubling her previous season bests in runs scored (25), runs batted in (35), home runs and total bases (77).

Following the first week of play, Pierce was named MVC Player of the Week on February 11. Later in the week, she picked up MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors on February 15.

Jones, who holds a 3.74 grade point average in history education and religion, also received an MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award this season, picking it up on May 10. She appeared in 47 games this season, the second-highest single season total in MSU history. Jones went 6-1 in her final seven regular season MVC decisions and won 15 games on the year, fourth-most in the league. She pitched 231.2 innings for the Bears, second-most among Valley hurlers. Jones had all three of the Bears' shutouts and earned her first career save at Indiana State on March 23.

In order to be eligible for MVC Scholar-Athlete team accolades, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in ath¬letic and academic standing and meet certain playing requirements.

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