May 9, 2008
Spartanburg, S.C. - USC Upstate standout softball player Vanesa Flores has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, announced the organization Thursday.
Flores, who graduated earlier this week with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, was a second team academic all-district selection as a designated player. The Chino, Calif., native earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring and finished her collegiate career with a 3.5 GPA.
A transfer from Mount San Antonio College in her native California, she finished her two seasons at Upstate hitting .333 with 25 home runs, 13 doubles, 91 RBIs and 40 runs. The 25 home runs ranks third all-time at Upstate. She hit .383 last season for the Spartans, slamming 19 homers en route to being named the co-player of the year in the Peach Belt Conference and earning All-America, All-Region and All-Conference honors as a part-time catcher and designated player. Her performance helped lead the Spartans to a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in its final season as a member of NCAA Division II. In Upstate's first year as a member of NCAA Division I, she turned in a solid season, finishing with six homers and 25 RBIs playing exclusively as the designated player. She helped lead Upstate to a share of the regular season championship in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Flores is the second Spartan to earn academic all-district honors from ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA this year. Men's basketball standout Luke Payne was a first team academic all-district selection as well.