UCA’s Sisemore, McNeese’s Settle Win Season’s First Softball Awards

first_imgSoftball Hitter of the Week – Oakley Sisemore, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Outfielder – Farmington, Ark. In a last-minute change of plans for the Bears’ (2-1) opening weekend, the team entered the ULM Tournament and defeated North Texas in walk-off fashion Thursday behind Sisemore’s seventh inning effort at the plate. UCA travels to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend to take on Oregon State, No. 7 LSU, Southern Utah and Louisiana Tech at the Purple and Gold Challenge. Honorable Mention: Morgan Catron, McNeese; Mahaila Gibson, Southeastern Louisiana; Brianna Barnhill, Abilene Christian; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin. The redshirt freshman from Many, La., had no trouble settling in on opening weekend, earning three wins in the Cowgirl Classic in Lake Charles. Settle scooped the 4-3 nightcap win over Virginia on Thursday to complete the season-opening sweep for McNeese. She followed that up two wins over then-No. 20 Tulsa. In Friday’s 6-3 win over the Hurricane, Settle tossed a complete game, surrendering just three hits. She came in for relief on Sunday, pitching five innings and giving up just one unearned run. For the week, Settle gave up six hits, four runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts and for walks with a .073 ERA. In her first weekend in a Central Arkansas uniform, Sisemore led the team in batting average (.667), on-base percentage (.667) and extra base hits (2). She recorded a pair of hits in all three of the Bears’ games this weekend and was key in UCA’s seventh inning rally to take down North Texas, leading off the inning with a sharp single and using her speed to score from first on a throwing error. In Friday’s game against Grambling, the junior outfielder recorded two RBIs and a stolen base. 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.center_img Week 2 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Oakley Sisemore is the season’s first Hitter of the Week and McNeese’s Caroline Settle is the year’s first Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian; Makayla Sikes, Stephen F. Austin. Settle helped the Cowgirls (4-0) stay undefeated through the first weekend as McNeese took two wins over Virginia on Thursday and two victories against then-No. 20 Tulsa on Friday and Saturday. McNeese moved to No. 23 in the Fastpitch News poll and No. 24 USA Today/NFCA polls with the perfect weekend. The Cowgirls will face Louisiana Tech at home Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT before heading out to Hattiesburg, Miss., for the Southern Miss Black and Gold Tournament this weekend to challenge No. 11 Baylor, Mississippi Valley State, No. 9 Alabama and the host institution. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Caroline Settle, McNeese – R-Fr. – Many, La. last_img