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UCA's Sisemore named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week

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Conway -- After leading the Central Arkansas offense at the Mardi Gras Classic at Louisiana-Monroe last weekend, junior Oakley Sisemore has been named the Southland Conference's Softball Hitter of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Sisemore, an outfielder from Farmington, made the most of her first three games in the Purple and Gray, leading Central Arkansas (2-1) in batting average, on-base percentage and extra base hits as the Bears rebounded from a season-opening 3-1 loss to Tennessee-Martin to defeat North Texas, 5-4, and Grambling State, 10-0.

Sisemore went 2-for-3 in each of UCA's three games, good for a .667 batting average, while slugging 1.000 and reaching base at a .667 clip. After collecting a single and a double against UT-Martin, Sisemore played an integral role in the Bears' seventh inning rally to walk off against North Texas.

Her day started in the third inning, leading off with a triple and scoring on a single from Morgan Felts, before legging out a bunt single to open the seventh. Sisemore, who also stole one bag over the weekend, then continued to show off her wheels, scoring from first on a throwing error to cut the Mean Green lead to 4-3. She continued to produce in Sunday's run-rule win over Grambling State, adding a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

"Oakley is an outstanding softball player and a triple-threat at the plate," said UCA head coach David Kuhn. "She can hit, bunt and slap. She has outstanding speed, the type of speed that can change the game, and we're so glad that she is here at Central Arkansas."

Sisemore and the Bears hit the road for four games this weekend, heading to Baton Rouge, La., to take part in LSU's Purple and Gold Challenge. UCA will open the weekend at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, taking on Oregon State, before facing off with No. 7 LSU at 5 p.m. Central Arkansas will also play a pair of games on Saturday, battling Southern Utah at 9:30 a.m. and Louisiana Tech at noon.

Honorable mentions for the award are Morgan Catron, McNeese State; Mahaila Gibson, Southeastern Louisiana; Brianna Barnhill, Abilene Christian; and Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin.

McNeese State redshirt freshman Caroline Settle was named the Southland's Softball Pitcher of the Week. She 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.

UCA freshman Rio Sanchez was among three pitchers to receive honorable mention, along with Hannah Null, of Abilene Christian, and Makayla Sikes, of Stephen F. Austin.

Sports on 02/14/2018

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