first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kayla Crutchmer and Stephen F. Austin’s Ashley Kriesel are the Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday.Crutchmer pushed the Bears (11-5) to a 4-1 record last week, accounting for 10 runs and 10 hits on 12 appearances for a stellar .833 batting average. The senior also turned in four RBI and five stolen bases as each of UCA’s four victories came by at least a nine-run margin. Crutchmer’s weekly award marks the first of her career and the third of the season for Central Arkansas.Kriesel posted a flawless 3-0 week for the Ladyjacks (10-4), who took home a 4-1 record from the Mardi Gras Classic in Mobile, Ala., last week. The senior delivered in 16 innings, including one complete-game 4-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday. Kriesel fanned 24 batters across three games for the ‘Jacks, while holding her opposition to a .111 batting average.Softball Hitter of the Week – Kayla Crutchmer, Central Arkansas – OF – Sr. – Tulsa, Okla.Crutchmer led UCA with 10 hits over a four-day span to push the Bears to an 11-5 overall record this season. The Tulsa, Okla., product also notched an impressive 10 runs, while driving in four RBI in the Bears’ five contests. In addition to her .876 on-base percentage, Crutchmer was also a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen-base attempts. Two of her four hits went for extra bases as the senior concluded the week with a .833 batting average.Honorable Mention: Jade Lewis, Lamar; Brenique Wright, McNeese; Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana; Shaylon Govan, Stephen F. Austin.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin – RHP – Sr. – Houston, TexasKriesel was in excellent form over the weekend as she racked up a 3-0 record in 16 innings of work at the Mardi Gras Classic. She allowed just six hits and three earned runs, striking out 24 batters in total. In her sterling effort against South Alabama to close out the tournament Sunday, she not only no-hit the Jaguars for five innings, she also drove in the winning runs with a two-run homer to kick off the Ladyjacks’ 9-0 victory. Kriesel’s five innings of work against South Alabama on Sunday paved the way for freshman Katie Hartwell to complete the no-hit bid as the Ladyjacks combined to shut out the Jaguars. The senior righty closed out the week holding opponents to a .111 batting average with a 1.69 earned-run average.Honorable Mention: Saleen Flores, McNeese; Jensen Howell, Northwestern State; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

first_imgLewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix in a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday.Hamilton outpaced Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by three-tenths of a second with a late lap in the closing seconds.His decisive lap came after his first flying lap in Q3 was deleted by the race stewards, because he ran wide off the circuit, leaving him in 10th place with only three minutes remaining.It was Hamilton’s fourth pole success at the British GP, but his sixth this season and the 55th of his career.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was third fastest, followed by Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, and Valtteri Bottas of Williams.last_img read more