Chewning, Kiihnl Collect A-Sun Softball Weekly Awards

Monday, April 05, 2010

MACON, Ga. – USC Upstate’s Crislyn Chewning earned her first A-Sun Softball Player of the Week accolade after a tremendous week in which she lead USC Upstate at the plate with a .579 batting average, while Lipscomb’s Whitney Kiihnl tallied her fifth career A-Sun Softball Pitcher of the Week honor and fourth on the season after recording three shutouts against UNF, Jacksonville and Western Kentucky.

Chewning collected three triples in six games and recorded four multi-hit games in six outings last week, including three-hit contests against A-Sun foes FGCU and Stetson. The Willamina, Ore. native posted four hits and four RBIs in the doubleheader sweep at Gardner-Webb and had three hits, two runs and a RBI in second game against FGCU. Chewning also collected three hits with a double and a triple in the 7-2 victory versus Stetson, in addition to two runs and a RBI. The senior center fielder recorded USC Upstate's only hit in the second game against the Hatters.

In addition to Kiihnl’s three shutouts, 4-0 at Western Kentucky Tuesday, 4-0 at Jacksonville Friday, 3-0 at UNF Saturday, the sophomore pitcher surrendered a total of seven hits and struck out 28. Kiihnl owns a total of nine games this season with double-digit strikeouts, including 11 against the Ospreys and 10 against the Hilltoppers in the past week. The Batesville, Miss. native threw a one-hitter against Jacksonville, barely missing her fifth no-hitter of the season, and allowed two hits against Western Kentucky. Kiihnl owns a 19-2 record for the season and holds shutouts against all four conference teams she has faced for a 0.00 A-Sun earned run average. The Lady Bisons have 19 shutouts as a team, an NCAA era school record, breaking last year's record of 17.

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Other Top Performers
Brittany Arnn, Campbell (Fr. - P - Danville, Fla. - Kinesiology) – Arnn played a vital role in Campbell's victory versus No. 22 North Carolina as she pitched six innings in relief to earn her first career victory and also picked up the first two hits of her career (a run scoring single and a double). With Campbell losing 3-0 in the top of the second inning, the Danville, Fla. native entered the game and shutdown the Tar Heels’ attack allowing four hits (a run) and a walk in six innings. Arnn also aided the offensive and drove in the first Campbell run with a two-out single to right in the third inning. With the game tied in the fifth inning, the kinesiology major rescued the Camels again as she poked a double to give Campbell the lead for good. For good measure, Arnn drove in her third run of the game with a bases loaded walk giving Campbell an important insurance run. The freshman then came in relief in the second game and pitched an inning where she did not allow an earned run.

Morgan Childers, USC Upstate (Jr. - P - Kings Mountain, N.C. - Secondary Education) – Childers posted another strong week during a stretch of games when she became USC Upstate’s all-time wins leader with 70. The Kings Mountain, N.C. native started three games, finished the week with a 3-0 record and also tossed one game in relief, holding her opponent scoreless. Childers recorded wins at Gardner-Webb and at home against FGCU and Stetson. Childers opened the weekend with a three-hit shutout of FGCU, striking out nine along the way and tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 to take a 7-2 win in game one versus the Hatters Saturday. The secondary education major came back in game two, pitching USC Upstate out of a jam with runners on first and second with one out to keep Stetson off the scoreboard and with just a 1-0 lead.

Sarah Forgacs, Campbell (Fr. – OF/2B – Morrisville, N.C. – Government Pre-Law) – Forgacs aided Campbell in knocking off No. 22 North Carolina. The Morrisville, N.C. native led the Campbell offense with four hits, three runs scored and a stolen a base. Forgacs scored two runs in Campbell's win against North Carolina, tied her career high with three hits and scored a run in the second game.

Darci Gilbert, ETSU (Sr. - P - Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Art) – Gilbert went 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA (2 ER/14.1 IP) in four appearances (two starts) in the past week for ETSU. The senior right-hander tossed four shutout innings in a 2-1 win against Appalachian State Wednesday. On Friday, Gilbert tossed another four shutout frames in a 4-1 victory versus Stetson. The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native also recorded 3.2 innings of one-hit ball in game two against FGCU Saturday.

Klair Wells, Kennesaw State (Jr. - IF - Lawrenceville, Ga.) – Wells posted one of the biggest hits of the season so far for Kennesaw State Saturday. Wells hit the first pitch she saw with two outs in the bottom of the ninth over the right center field fence at Bailey Park to break a 3-3 tie against Mercer and give KSU a victory in its first game of what would be a doubleheader sweep against the Bears. The Lawrenceville, Ga. native also added a pair of doubles in the contest to go 3-for-4 and also scored a run in the Owls' 9-5 win in the second game.