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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Missouri seniors Jenna Marston and Chelsea Thomas were selected 19th and 20th, respectively, in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft held Monday at Ford Theatre inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Marston was picked by the Chicago Bandits at the 19th spot, while Thomas, a two-time All-America pitcher, was selected immediately after by the USSSA Pride.

Marston has played multiple positions for the Tigers, starring at shortstop on the school’s 2010 and 2011 Women’s College World Series squads. She transitioned to catcher for her junior season and has done so again this year. Marston currently ranks second in school history with 171 career runs scored, and is 10th all-time at Missouri with 194 hits. She earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America recognition in 2012.

Thomas is 12-1 this season and currently stands at 99 career victories. The school’s all-time strikeouts leader has amassed 1,048 in her career and has been an integral member in Missouri advancing to the past three WCWS squads. She was a two-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Year (2011 and 2012) before the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference for this season.

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