Krista Altom Gebhard is the fourth member of the USC Upstate softball program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Gebhard, a native of Portage, Mich., is the program's all-time hits leader with 281 and played for Upstate from 2002-05 as a four-year starter.
She began her career at third base in 2002 before moving to center field where she spent the final three years of her career. A highly decorated player, she is the only softball player in the history of the program to earn NFCA First Team All-America honors. She was also a three-time NFCA First Team All-Region pick, a three-time Peach Belt All-Conference selection and the 2002 Peach Belt Freshman of the Year.
Gebhard had quite a first season for the Spartans, then the USC Spartanburg Lady Rifles, in 2002. She ranked third on the team in hitting and finished the season with a .368 batting average en route to being named the Peach Belt Freshman of the Year. She topped the team with 152 at bats, 46 runs, four triples, 17 walks and a Peach Belt best and school-record 42 stolen bases.
She continued her strong play as a sophomore, hitting .377 with 66 hits, 41 runs, nine doubles, six triples and a Peach Belt best 40 stolen bases. As a junior, Gebhard led Upstate to its first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 12 seasons in 2004. She hit .369 with a school record 72 hits, 44 runs, 19 doubles and 22 stolen bases.
Her senior year, though, was her best. She was the leader on the team that established a new school record with 46 wins. She led the Spartans and the Peach Belt with a .460 batting average. She set a new school record with 87 hits and topped the club with a school record 20 doubles en route to earning first team All-America honors. She also led Upstate into the championship game of the South Atlantic Regional of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Gebhard's career numbers speak for itself. She finished her four years with a .395 batting average, 281 hits, 182 runs, 57 doubles, 17 triples, two home runs, 99 RBI and 127 stolen bases. When she finished her career, she held seven career school records and three single-season school records. She also led the team 27 times in several different yearly statistical categories. She currently ranks second all-time in runs, doubles, triples, total bases and stolen bases and ranks in the top five in an amazing nine statistical categories.
A strong student as well as a biology major at Upstate, she was a two-time Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll selection. She left Upstate to return to native state of Michigan in 2005 and finished the requirements for a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan in 2008. In addition to her studies, Gebhard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2006 and currently serves in active duty as an administrative clerk with the National Guard in Olivet, Mich. She has received several commendations while in the service.