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Tue, Apr. 19, 2016 - [Softball]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time in program history, the University of Rio Grande softball team finds itself ranked among the top 25 teams in the country.
    The RedStorm are ranked 24th in the latest NAIA coaches' poll released Tuesday evening by the national office.
    Head coach Chris Hammond's team, which narrowly missed making the list last week, tallied 121 points in the balloting by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
    Rio Grande, which had a scheduled Tuesday home date against the University of Pikeville cancelled by the Bears, are 32-7 overall and 15-1 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The RedStorm have won 10 straight outings and 14 of their last 15 heading into Friday's KIAC twinbill against West Virginia University-Tech.

Junior Cheyenne Hamaker was named KIAC Player of the Week on Monday
Junior Cheyenne Hamaker was named KIAC Player of the Week on Monday
Mon, Apr. 18, 2016 - [Softball]

KIAC Sports Information
    FLORENCE, Ky. - University of Rio Grande shortstop Cheyenne Hamaker hit .471 and slugged .706 in six games last week to earn Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week accolades for April 11-17.
    Hamaker, a junior from Hilliard, Ohio, was 8-for-17 at the plate and had a hit in five of the six games. She posted four doubles, seven runs batted in and was 3-for-4 in stolen bases.

Rio Grande's Carly Skeese slides in with a run during Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati Christian
Rio Grande's Carly Skeese slides in with a run during Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati Christian
Sat, Apr. 16, 2016 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Jenna Jones tossed an opening game no-hitter, while Mallory Powell and Kelsey Conkey combined on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap to lead the University of Rio Grande in a doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati Christian University in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball action, Saturday afternoon, at a sun-splashed Rio Softball Park.
    The RedStorm celebrated Senior Day with wins of 11-0 and 4-0 over the Eagles, improving to 32-7 overall and 15-1 in conference play.
    Cincinnati Christian, which is fielding a softball program for the first time this season, slipped to 8-19 overall and 3-9 in league play.
    Jones, a junior from Lancaster, Ohio, picked up her 15th win in as many decisions, walking one and hitting a batter in a mercy rule-shortened complete game. She also fanned seven en route to her first no-hitter of the season and the third of her career, with each of the previous two coming in her freshman season against Pikeville (3/21/14) and Bluefield (4/18/14).

Sophomore Tayler Arndt had five hits and three RBI in Thursday's doubleheader sweep of rival Shawnee State
Sophomore Tayler Arndt had five hits and three RBI in Thursday's doubleheader sweep of rival Shawnee State
Thu, Apr. 14, 2016 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - A five-run first inning in game one and a five-run second inning in game two lifted the University of Rio Grande to a doubleheader sweep of rival Shawnee State University, Thursday afternoon, in non-conference softball action at Boone Coleman Field.
    The RedStorm won the opener, 8-2, and took the nightcap, 8-3, to extend their winning streak to eight straight games and push their overall season record to 30-7.
    Shawnee State slipped to 10-26 after the sweep.

Junior Alex Kuhn drove in two runs in each game of Rio's sweep of Kentucky Christian on Tuesday
Junior Alex Kuhn drove in two runs in each game of Rio's sweep of Kentucky Christian on Tuesday
Tue, Apr. 12, 2016 - [Softball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Cheyenne Hamaker had three hits and drove in four runs in game one, while Alex Kuhn had two hits and two RBI in the nightcap as the University of Rio Grande swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from Kentucky Christian University, Tuesday afternoon, at Rio Softball Park.
    The RedStorm rallied from an early deficit to win the opener, 7-3, while leading from start to finish in a 5-2 game two victory.
    Rio Grande improved to 28-7 with the wins, extending its winning streak to six straight in the process.
    Kentucky Christian, which split a twinbill at home with the RedStorm last month, finished the day at 19-18 with the two losses.

Rio junior Jenna Jones is the KIAC Pitcher of the Week for a second straight week
Rio junior Jenna Jones is the KIAC Pitcher of the Week for a second straight week
Mon, Apr. 11, 2016 - [Softball]

KIAC Sports Information
    FLORENCE, Ky. - University of Rio Grande junior Jenna Jones tossed a pair of two-hitters to repeat as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for April 4-10.
    Jones, a right-hander from Lancaster, Ohio, improved to 12-0 and lowered her ERA to 1.18 on the year with two-hitters versus Carlow and Point Park.