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_imgThe SIPTU call for the inclusion of an economic growth stimulus to be provided in conjunction with the Fiscal Treaty has been strongly supported by Independent MEP Marian Harkin.Referring to the meeting of the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee held on Friday last which was addressed by SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor, she said: “This Treaty will be but one step in the process of returning the European Union and Ireland back on the road towards economic recovery.“This recovery will not happen by merely passing the upcoming Treaty.  While passing the Treaty will guarantee access to emergency funding from the ESM, there will also be a requirement for a number of other steps to build a new and secure future for citizens.” The SIPTU proposal to develop an imaginative off balance-sheet strategy involving the pensions industry and the pension fund is a welcome, realistic and realisable way to obtain the pump priming funding for a programme of infrastructural development which could make a substantial contribution to national economic recovery.“While it will obviously not be possible for the Government to complete the planning of such a programme before the Referendum on May 31st they should immediately commence discussions at senior Ministerial level with the pensions industry and relevant EU bodies to develop a structure leading to the release of large scale funding from the pensions sector along the lines detailed by SIPTU.“Citizens deserve to have as many good solid reasons as possible to vote for the Fiscal Compact Treaty.  They also need to be given hope that they are not facing bleak decades ahead because the Government may lack the imagination necessary to consider and act upon well founded proposals such as those put forward by SIPTU.“The objectives of the Fiscal Treaty will not be achieved in Ireland without economic growth.  The SIPTU proposals should help to bring about that economic growth”, she concluded.  RECESSION: GROWTH STIMULUS NEEDED, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RECESSION: GROWTH STIMULUS NEEDEDSAYS MEP HARKINlast_img read more