Upstate Softball Among National Statistical Leaders
Spartanburg, S.C. – Off to a 20-4 start to the season, ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll and having received votes in the national Top 25 polls, the USC Upstate softball team is once again garnering attention as one of the nation's top teams in the first statistical leader report issued by the NCAA Monday evening.
As a team, Upstate is ranked fifth in the nation with a 0.90 ERA, 16th with a .335 batting average and 19th with a .974 fielding percentage. The Spartans lead the A-Sun in all three categories. Upstate is also 15th in the nation with 2.13 stolen bases per game and 20th with an .833 winning percentage.
Individually, a number of Spartans rank among the nation's leaders. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Alexander (Lexington, N.C.) ranks fourth in the country with 12 wins, eighth with a 0.67 ERA, 12th with five shutouts and 16th with 106 strikeouts. Senior pitcher Lacey Dinney (Hannon, Ontario) is 14th with 9.9 strikeouts per game, 18th with four shutouts and 31st with a 1.21 ERA.
With 13 stolen bases on the year, freshman Lindsey Greeson (Stanley, N.C.) ranks 23rd in the nation in that category. Fellow freshman Shellie Robinson (DeLand, Fla.) ranks 25th with seven home runs, 56th with 0.29 home runs per game and 69th with a .754 slugging percentage. Sophomore Ashley Butler (Laurens, S.C.) is the 27th toughest batter to strikeout.
Upstate was ranked 14th in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll last week with this week's poll to be released Tuesday. The Spartans also received votes in the NFCA/USA Today and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 polls last week with this week's polls released on Tuesday. Upstate claimed wins over 23rd-ranked Syracuse and Penn State last weekend at the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla.