Upstate Softball Garners Votes in Both National Top 25 Polls; Kieffer Earns Weekly Honor as Upstate Ranks Among Nation’s Statistical Leaders
Spartanburg, S.C. – After belting a home run in each game of the three-game series sweep against A-Sun foe Northern Kentucky last week, USC Upstate standout shortstop Maddison Kieffer was named the A-Sun Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Her honor highlights a week of noteworthy accomplishments as Upstate remains one of the top statistical teams in the nation while also receiving votes in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 polls.
Kieffer, a sophomore from Middleburg, Fla., earned CSM's A-Sun Player of the Week honor after leading Upstate to a three-game sweep of Northern Kentucky last week. She belted three home runs and picked up seven RBIs in the sweep of the Norse. She currently tops the A-Sun with a .441 batting average.
For the first time this season, Upstate has received votes in both major national Top 25 polls. The Spartans are among others receiving votes with eight votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and six votes in the NFCA/USA Today poll. Upstate has received votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll for the third straight week, while earning votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll for the first time this season.
Upstate is behind South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State and Iowa and ahead of North Carolina, Florida State and South Florida among schools receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll. The Spartans are behind Wisconsin, Oregon State and Iowa and ahead of Mississippi State and San Diego State in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Upstate continues to be ranked among the nation's statistical leaders in the latest NCAA statistics report. The Spartans rank in the Top 5 in all three major team categories, including second with a .370 batting average and fifth with a 1.39 ERA and .981 fielding percentage. They also rank sixth with 7.35 runs per game, seventh with a .562 slugging percentage and fourth with a .913 winning percentage.
Individually, several Upstate players have turned in strong seasons to date. Kieffer ranks 34th in the nation with a .441 batting average, 30th with 1.19 RBIs per game and eighth with three sacrifice flies. Shellie Robinson (DeLand, Fla.) ranks ninth with 1.22 runs per game and 27th with 0.39 doubles per outing. Freshman pitcher Jamie Ujvari (Niceville, Fla.) ranks seventh with 3.4 hits allowed per game, 22nd with a 1.17 ERA and 34th with 8.9 strikeouts per game.