Spartans Sweep A-Sun Weekly Awards for Second Time
Spartanburg, S.C. – For the second-straight week, USC Upstate swept the A-Sun weekly softball awards as sophomore Ericka Harris was named the player of the week and senior hurler Morgan Childers was named pitcher of the week for their efforts in leading the Spartans to a 6-0 record last week.
In the A-Sun's first weekly awards last week, Childers (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and Katie Zauner (Canby Ore.) swept the weekly honors last week. With this week's selection, Childers has now earned her second pitcher of the week award this year and the ninth of her career. Harris (Piedmont, S.C.) earned her first weekly honor from the conference.
Harris had a tremendous week for the Spartans as the top performer at the plate and was strong on defense. She led the team in hitting with a .611 batting average. She totaled 11 hits with nine runs, four RBIs and an .833 slugging percentage.
Harris posted at least one hit in all six games. She began the week with three hits and four RBIs in the sweep of Gardner-Webb. She collected eight hits with three RBIs and five runs in the four games of the Upstate Classic to lead Upstate to the championship. She was named the tournament MVP after hitting .667 in four games. In addition, she was perfect in the field with 45 putouts and three assists on the week at catcher and first base.
Childers was strong in the circle for Upstate. She went 4-0, picking up wins over Gardner-Webb, George Mason, and two against Hampton. She led Upstate to three wins in the Upstate Classic to help the Spartans claim the championship. She finished the week with a 4-0 record, 1.11 ERA and 39 strikeouts. She limited opposing batters to a .127 batting average and walked just four in 19 innings of work.
Childers began the week with 12 strikeouts and allowing one run on two hits in the 9-1 win over Gardner-Webb. She totaled 13 strikeouts while scattering three hits in the 9-1 win over George Mason. She struck out six in four innings of work to earn the win in the 13-1 romp over Hampton. She ended the week with a relief appearance, inheriting a 3-1 deficit against Hampton and tossing four innings to earn the 7-3 win and the Spartans the championship. She fanned eight in four innings of work, taking her total to 39 on the week.