Upstate Takes Streaks to Furman Tuesday
Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate softball team takes its 12-game winning and unearned run streak on the road to Greenville, S.C., to take on Furman Tuesday afternoon at the Pepsi Softball Stadium. The doubleheader was moved up a day from its original Wednesday date due to the threat of rain and severe weather on Wednesday.
Upstate enters the game with a 12-0 overall record. The Spartans have recorded 11 shutouts in 12 games and have yet to allow an earned run this season. Both streaks will be on the line at rival Furman. The Paladins enter the game on a four-game winning streak and own a 4-5 overall record. Furman owns the all-time series lead over Upstate, 15-13, but the Spartans have gotten the better of the Paladins since joining the ranks of Division I in 2008. Upstate is 9-1 against Furman as a Division I member.
Fans can follow the action online with live statistical updates and complete game recaps on the official Upstate Athletics website at www.upstatespartans.com. Live video for a fee will be available on Furman's official athletics website, www.furmanpaladins.com.
Upstate had a tremendous week last week, sweeping a doubleheader on the road at Gardner-Webb and claiming wins over La Salle (2), Liberty and Savannah State in the Upstate Softball Tournament at Cyrill Stadium. The Spartans scored 33 runs in four games in the tournament, including 16 against Liberty. Shellie Robinson was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after hitting .667 with five home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs in four games. She was joined on the all-tournament team by four other Spartans.
Robinson Earns A-Sun Player of the Week Honors
After hitting .529 with six home runs, 12 runs and 10 RBIs in six games, Shellie Robinson was named the A-Sun Player of the Week (Feb. 27). It marked the first weekly honor of her career and Upstate's first Player of the Week in 2012. Hannah Alexander earned Pitcher of the Week honors on Feb. 13. Robinson was simply sensational in leading Upstate to six wins on the week and improving to 12-0 on the year.
Robinson Earns MVP Honors, Four Others Named All-Tournament
Shellie Robinson was named the Most Valuable Player of the Upstate Softball Tournament after leading Upstate to wins over La Salle (2), Liberty and Savannah State. She hit .667 with five home runs, nine runs and nine RBIs en route to an amazing 2.333 slugging percentage. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Hannah Alexander (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 K), Lacey Dinney (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 CG, 25 K), Cheyenne Griffin (.667 BA, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R) and Janna Lewis (.500 BA, 5 R, 3 RBI).
Twelve Games and Counting
Upstate has started 2012 in grand fashion in many ways, not the least of which is in its pitching. Through the first 12 games of the season, the Spartans have yet to give up an earned run. Upstate did allow three runs against George Mason, but all were unearned.
In addition to not allowing an earned run through the first 12 games of the season, Upstate has also had a strong start in recording shutouts. The Spartans have tossed 11 shutouts in 12 games this season. The four shutouts to begin the season tied the 2004 team for the most shutouts to start a season, while the 11-of-12 shutouts is the best mark in program history.
Spartan Duo Reaches 100 Career Hits
Entering the Upstate Softball Classic (Feb. 24-26), senior Janna Lewis and junior Ericka Harris were nearing 100 career hits. At the conclusion of the weekend, both reached the century mark. Harris collected three hits and now has 101 in her career, while Lewis tallied seven hits and has 100 in her career.
Spartans Tops in A-Sun
Like most of last season, Upstate once again finds itself sitting atop the A-Sun statistical lists in several team and individual categories. Upstate tops the conference in all three major team categories, including a .367 batting average, 0.00 ERA and .983 fielding percentage.
Individually, Upstate players own the top spot in 11 categories. Shellie Robinson tops the conference with 18 runs, six home runs, 36 total bases and a 1.091 slugging percentage. Cheyenne Griffin leads the A-Sun with a .500 batting average and 18 hits, while Kendall Settlemyre tops the league with a .556 on-base percentage. Hannah Alexander leads the A-Sun with eight wins, a 0.00 ERA and 58 strikeouts, while Lacey Dinney is tied with Alexander with a 0.00 ERA and owns the top spot with a .100 opponent batting average.