Rio Grande Briefs

Rio’s Browning recognized by RSC

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande senior Katie Browning won the pole vault and set a school record at the Miami (Ohio) Duals on her way to River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week for April 9-15.

Browning, from Athens, Ohio, posted a school-record of 3.76 meters in the pole vault to win at Miami, a meet made up of almost entirely NCAA Division I teams.

She also placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.22 meters and eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.08 seconds.

The RedStorm will compete at the Don Frail Invitational hosted by Marietta and the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State University on April 21.

Criner, Powell sweep weekly RSC honor

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande shortstop Michaela Criner and pitcher Mallory Powell have been named the River States Conference Softball Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the week of April 9-15.

Criner, a sophomore from Bremen, Ohio, hit .632 in six games last week, going 12-for-19 with eight runs, three doubles, a home run and six RBIs. She also walked twice and was 1-for-1 in stolen bases.

Rio Grande went 4-2 in those games as a team.

The biggest game of the week for Criner was going 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in a 9-0 win over Midway (Ky.) in conference play. Later in the week, she batted 6-for-8 in a doubleheader split at Shawnee State, which included three total runs and two doubles.

Criner went 4-for-5 with four runs combined in a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Chillicothe.

Powell, a senior from Flatwoods, Ky., threw two great games to join teammate Kelsey Conkey as players who have won both RSC player and pitcher of the week this year.

Powell threw a two-hit shutout over Midway (Ky.) in a key conference victory and then took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of an eventual 4-2 win over non-conference rival Shawnee State.

The win over Midway covered 5.0 innings with four strikeouts, one walk and no runs in the 9-0 victory. She beat Shawnee State with four strikeouts, two walks and only two runs on two hits over 7.0 innings.

Rio Grande (26-11, 10-2 RSC) is “receiving votes” nationally and will host Carlow and Point Park April 20-21 for its next games.