February 21, 2013

Upstate Hosts Coke Zero Spartan Classic; Battles Bison, Hoyas and #20 Kentucky

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Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate softball team will host its third tournament of the season when Georgetown, Howard, #20 Kentucky and Presbyterian come to town for the Coke Zero Spartan Classic Saturday and Sunday at Cyrill Stadium.

The Coke Zero Spartan Classic was scheduled to be played Friday-Sunday, but rain expected to hit the Spartanburg area throughout the day on Friday caused the tournament to be shifted to a two-day event. The first game of the tournament will be played at 1:00 p.m. Saturday when Presbyterian plays Georgetown. Upstate will take on Howard at 3:00 p.m. in its only game on Saturday, and will face Georgetown Sunday morning at 11:00. The Spartans will close out the tournament against 20th-ranked Kentucky Sunday afternoon at 3:00.

Upstate enters the Coke Zero Spartan Classic with an 8-0 overall record. The Spartans are a combined 11-5 against the three teams it will face in the tournament. They stand 10-5 all-time against Presbyterian and 1-0 against Howard. Upstate and Kentucky have never played before.

Fans can follow the action online at upstatespartans.com. Live statistics for all games of the tournament will be available for free, while free live video through ASun.TV will be available for Upstate's games on Sunday against Georgetown (11:00 a.m.) and Kentucky (3:00 p.m.).

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