Upstate Welcomes Stetson to Town for Three-Game Series, Friday is Strikeout Cancer Day

Upstate Welcomes Stetson to Town for Three-Game Series, Friday is Strikeout Cancer Day

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Spartanburg, S.C. – After spending the last nine games on the road, the USC Upstate softball team returns to Cyrill Stadium this weekend as it hosts the Stetson Hatters in a three-game conference series.

Upstate and Stetson will open the series on Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m., and conclude the weekend on Saturday with a single game at 1 p.m. Friday's doubleheader is also Strikeout Cancer Day as the Spartans join with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to help raise awareness and funding against cancer. All fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Upstate is also selling pink tennis balls leading up to game two of Friday's doubleheader and fans will have an opportunity to win a USC Upstate prize pack during a contest held between the two games. The prices are $1 for one ball and $5 for six balls.

The Spartans (33-10, 6-3 ASUN) closed out their nine-game road trip on Wednesday evening with a 1-0 loss at North Carolina. Holly McKinnon and Lexi Shubert combined to limit North Carolina to one run on just five hits and no walks while striking out five. Ansley Gilstrap, Megan Obier and Abbie Millete all led Upstate with one hit each.

The Spartans currently have the best pitching staff in the ASUN this season boasting a 1.38 team earned run average, and are second with 309 strikeouts and 7.46 strikeouts per seven innings. Karla Beasley leads the team offensively with a .343 average, seven home runs and 34 RBI. McKinnon is 17-6 with a 1.21 ERA and Shubert is 15-4 overall to go with a 1.59 ERA.

Stetson (24-11, 2-4 ASUN) dropped two out of three conference games on the road last weekend at Lipscomb. The Hatters are led offensively by Ashly Smith with a .413 average and has four home runs along with Kelsey Waters and Maggie Fritts. Blake Crews has driven in a team-high 29 RBI. On the mound, Brooke Hutto is 12-3 with a 2.39 ERA. Stetson is under the direction of 20th-year head coach Frank Griffin.

Upstate holds a 19-7 lead in the all-time series over the Hatters that dates back to the 1990 season.

Fans can follow the action this weekend on via live stats. All three games are being streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate softball Twitter page (@UpstateSoftball).

The Spartans travel to Johnson City, Tenn. on Tuesday, April 18 for a doubleheader against East Tennessee State beginning at 4 p.m.

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