Nashville, Tenn. – For the fifth consecutive year, the USC Upstate softball team is returning to the NCAA Regionals after winning its third straight ASUN Softball Championship, and fourth overall, with an 8-0 five-inning victory over the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Draper Diamond.
The Spartans improve to 44-11 on the season while the Eagles fall to 30-30 overall.
- Bottom 2nd – Upstate scored twice, including one off an error, to lead Florida Gulf Coast 2-0. Ryan Rector scored the game's first run after stealing third and came home on an FGCU throwing error. Kendsey Chappelear added to the lead by plating Karla Beasley, who reached on an error, with her RBI single to right field.
- Bottom 5th – The Spartans secured the championship by scoring six times to end the game with the score at 8-0. Megan Obier drove in the first three runs with her triple to right center field and Abbie Millete followed with a two-RBI double. Beasley won the game for Upstate with her RBI single off the left field wall to put the final score at 8-0.
- The Spartans have clinched their third straight ASUN Softball Championship and fourth in the last five seasons.
- Upstate becomes the first ASUN softball team to win three consecutive ASUN Championships since Florida Atlantic won eight-in-a-row from 1997-2004.
- The Spartans will be making their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals.
- Holly McKinnon, Lexi Shubert, Ansley Gilstrap and Kayla Hussey were all named to the ASUN All-Tournament Team with Gilstrap earning Tournament MVP honors.
- Shubert (19-4) earned the win throwing all five innings and did not give up a run on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
- Riley Randolph (18-11) suffered the loss allowing two runs (none earned) on two hits, one walk and no strikeouts in four innings of work.
- Chappelear led Upstate with two hits while Obier drove in a game-high three RBI and Millete added two RBI.
- Beasley and Chappelear both contributed one RBI each.
- Kelsey Huff, Natalie Lopez and Morgan Sutherland collected one hit apiece for the Eagles.
- The Spartans have earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will learn their postseason destination Sunday evening at 10 p.m. during the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Selection Show on ESPN2.
- The team will gather at Buffalo Wild Wings in Spartanburg Sunday evening to watch the Selection Show. Fans are encouraged to begin arriving at 9 p.m.