McKinnon Named NFCA Third Team All-Region

McKinnon Named NFCA Third Team All-Region

Spartanburg, S.C. – Following a standout senior season that saw her earn unanimous ASUN Pitcher of the Year honors, USC Upstate pitcher Holly McKinnon has been named Third Team All-Southeast Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), it was announced today.

McKinnon is the first Spartan softball player to receive NFCA All-Region honors since Lexi Shubert and Shellie Robinson were selected to the Second Team in 2015.

The Ocala, Fla. native became the fourth player in school history this season to be named ASUN Pitcher of the Year and was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection by the league's coaches. McKinnon led the ASUN in both wins and ERA, and is in the top 10 in games started, saves, complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings. Nationally, she ranks in the top 50 for ERA, hits allowed per seven innings, saves, strikeouts and wins. McKinnon was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week twice and National Pitcher of the Week by Fastpitch News.

McKinnon became the first player at Upstate since Morgan Childers in 2010-11 to win at least 20 games in back-to-back seasons. She compiled a 24-7 record this season with a 1.36 ERA in 37 appearances with 28 starts. McKinnon recorded a team-leading 17 complete games and struck out 207 batters in 196.0 innings of work. She struck out 10 or more batters five times including tying her career-high of 12 against Iona, and equaled her career-best outing of 11.0 innings at Kennesaw State.

An ASUN All-Tournament Team selection for the second straight year, McKinnon is one of four players from the conference to garner NFCA All-Region accolades. She was joined on the All-Southeast Region Team by Lipscomb's Caitlin Plocheck, while Courtney Sutter of Kennesaw State and Navia Penrod of North Florida were named to the All-South Region Team.

McKinnon and the Spartans begin play in the NCAA Knoxville Regional on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against Ohio State from Tennessee's Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

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