Shay Slater Norris is the fifth person affiliated with the softball program to be inducted into the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. She is also the first to have played at least a portion of her career on the Division I level.
Norris was a member of the program from 2004-08. She spent the first three seasons of her career leading the Spartans to three-straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament before helping lead the team to a share of the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Championship as a senior in Upstate’s first year playing on the Division I level and in the A-Sun. In all, she led the program to an astounding 168 wins, averaging 42 per season she played, including a program record 47 in 2007.
Norris hit .353 as a freshman in 2005 and helped lead the team to the championship game of the South Atlantic Regional of the NCAA DII Tournament before falling to eventual national runner-up Kennesaw State. She hit .333 as a sophomore in 2006 and set the program’s all-time single-season record with 44 stolen bases en route to earning NFCA All-Region honors. She had a breakout year as a junior in 2007. She again led the Spartans to an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament after hitting a team-best .454. She set the all-time single-season records with 89 hits and 70 runs, both of which are records that remain today. She went on to earn NFCA All-America, All-Region and All-Conference honors in Upstate’s final year playing on the Division II level.
As a senior playing on the Division I level, Norris hit .331 in 2008 and helped the Spartans rattle off 11 wins in their final 12 conference games to claim a share of the A-Sun regular season championship in the school’s first year playing on the Division I level.
Norris currently ranks 10th all-time in the history of the storied program with a .370 batting average. She leads the all-time career lists in games played and started, runs scored, stolen bases and at-bats. She is third all-time with 269 hits, 125 RBIs and 16 triples. She also ranks in the Top 10 all-time in total bases and doubles. She was also a standout in the classroom as a Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll recipient and graduated from Upstate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2008.
Norris currently lives in Anderson with her husband, Randall, and their three children – Skyla, Kaiden and Callie. She is a Sergeant at the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility.