Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate softball team continued to rank among the nation?s leaders in a variety of areas, maintaining its position at No. 11 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll, ranking among the nation?s leaders in the latest NCAA statistical leaders report and topping all South Carolina schools in the NCAA?s first RPI report.
Upstate maintained its position at No. 11 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll for the third-straight week. The poll is administered by midmajorpoll.blogspot.com. Upstate received 43 points in the poll, one away from breaking into the top 10. Louisiana-Lafayette is ranked No. 1 and Hawaii is second in the poll. Upstate is one of two A-Sun schools listed in the poll with Lipscomb coming in at No. 24.
The NCAA issued its first RPI report of the season this week and Upstate, standing 24-4 on the year with a win over nationally-ranked Syracuse, is ranked No. 71, topping all nine Division I softball teams in the state of South Carolina. South Carolina is the second-highest ranked team in the RPI at No. 75 and is followed by Coastal Carolina (100), Charleston Southern (116), Winthrop (122), College of Charleston (135), Furman (187), Presbyterian (247) and S.C. State (287).
Upstate is the third-highest ranked team in the A-Sun in the RPI report. Lipscomb is ranked 55th and is followed by North Florida (65), Upstate (71), Jacksonville (74), Mercer (113), Florida Gulf Coast (114), Kennesaw State (117), Stetson (142), East Tennessee State (210) and Belmont (238).
When the NCAA released its latest Division I statistical report, Upstate was listed among the nation?s leaders in several team and individual categories. The Spartans are ranked fourth in the country with a .350 batting average, eighth with a .978 fielding percentage, 11th with a .857 winning percentage and 1.22 ERA, 12th with 2.0 stolen bases per game and 21st with 6.14 runs per game.
Individually, Shellie Robinson (DeLand, Fla.) ranks 11th with 11 home runs and 12th with 0.39 home runs per game. She also ranks 14th with a .872 slugging percentage, 27th with 1.04 runs per game and 35th with a .430 batting average. Ashley Butler (Laurens, S.C.) is the 25th-toughest batter to strikeout, while Hannah Alexander (Lexington, N.C.) ranks 14th with 14 wins, 22nd with a 0.97 ERA, 20th with five shutouts and 29th with 120 strikeouts. Lacey Dinney (Hannon, Ontario) ranks 16th with 9.3 strikeouts per game.