Todd Ellison
Todd Ellison

Todd Ellison is the sixth person affiliated with the USC Upstate baseball program to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ellison remains the top power-producing player in the history of the Upstate baseball program. Finishing his career in 1990, he remains the program's all-time leader in home runs and RBIs, belting 45 homers and collecting 192 RBIs. He also sits atop the all-time record book with 384 total bases. He was the first player in program history to reach 200 career hits.

Ellison's first year in the program came in 1987, the program's second as a varsity sport after Upstate baseball was reestablished in 1986 following more than a decade of non-participation. The baseball program existed during the early 1970s while Upstate participated as a two-year program. Ellison quickly became a mainstay in the lineup.

As a freshman, he played in 37 games and finished the year with six home runs and 30 RBIs. He also scored 22 runs and hit an impressive .330. After a solid freshman outing, he cemented himself into Rifle/Spartan baseball history as a sophomore. He hit .305 as a starter in 45 games. He hit 13 home runs, drove in a career-high 68 runs and scored 61 runs.

A consistent performer, he had another solid year as a junior. He finished the season with a .387 batting average with 11 home runs, 39 RBIs and 30 runs in 38 games as a starter.

However, he saved his best baseball for his senior season. He earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1990 after hitting .364 with a career-high 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 48 runs.

As one can see from the statistics above, Ellison not only hit for power, but also for average. He finished his career with 41 doubles and four triples to go along with his power numbers. He was also a standout defensive first baseman, finishing his career with a .982 fielding percentage to go with 1,020 putouts and 67 assists.

In all, Ellison ranks among the program's career leaders in 15 statistical categories and among the program's single-season leaders in 14 statistical categories. His nine sacrifice flies in 1988 remains the top single-season effort in school history.

Ellison's performance on the field allowed the baseball team to flourish despite being in its early stages as a varsity program. He helped lead the Rifles/Spartans to 30 or more wins in three of his four seasons in the program as the team won two regular season NAIA District Six championships and the 1990 District Six Tournament title. He was also an NAIA All-District Six selection.

Ellison's career numbers are a testament to his consistency as a member of the Rifle/Spartan baseball team. He played in 166 games, 158 as a starter. He hit .346 with 45 home runs, 41 doubles, four triples, 192 RBIs, 161 runs, a .664 slugging percentage, a .447 on-base percentage and 20 sacrifice flies.

Ellison owns and operates the TGM Golf Academy along with business partner, Mike Lawrence. Ellison and his wife, Sandy, are the proud parents of a daughter, Samantha. He has remained active in baseball, assisting the Palmetto High School baseball team.