Spartans Receive Votes in National Top 25 Polls; 14th in Mid-Major Poll
Spartanburg, S.C. – Despite taking its first loss of the season last week, the USC Upstate softball team continued to garner respect from the nation's coaches. The Spartans have received votes in two national top 25 polls and are ranked 14th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll released by midmajorpoll.blogspot.com.
After receiving two votes in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 poll last week, Upstate picked up another vote to receive three votes in this week's poll. If expanded beyond the top 25, the Spartans would be ranked 33rd. Upstate received one vote in last week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll and continued to receive a vote in the poll this week. If expanded beyond the top 25, Upstate would be tied for 34th.
Upstate has been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll throughout the season. After starting the year 14-0, the Spartans rose to 12th in the poll last week. Despite suffering a loss last week, Upstate remained high in the poll and is ranked 14th in this week's listing. The Spartans are one of two schools from the A-Sun ranked in the poll. Stetson is 18th.
Upstate is set to participate in the USF Under Armour Showcase this weekend, facing 23rd-ranked Syracuse Friday evening at 6:30. Upstate will also face Villanova (Friday), Penn State (Saturday), Boston University (Saturday) and Central Michigan (Sunday) in the tournament.