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Beth Bayer is the second member of the softball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bayer was a two-year member of the then-Lady Rifles, playing from 1999-2000 and spent four total seasons with the program as an assistant coach for two years after exhausting her eligibility. She led the team to a 41-14 record in 1999, establishing a new school record for wins. The 2000 squad finished with a 38-11 record.
Bayer played in and started 96 games in her career. She finished her two years with a .408 batting average with 126 hits including 19 doubles, nine triples, and 28 home runs. She tallied 100 RBIs and 104 runs scored and stole 79 bases.
Her career year came in 1999 when she finished with a .406 batting average with 65 hits, 10 doubles, seven triples, 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 55 runs scored. She was also a perfect 40-for-40 in stolen base attempts, establishing a new school record. She accomplished all of this despite missing the final 14 games of the season after suffering a deep cut on her knee while sliding into second base on a steal attempt and being cleated by the opposing team's shortstop.
At the time she finished her playing career, Bayer owned three career and four single-season school records. She currently owns the all-time slugging percentage record with a .799 percentage and ranks second all-time with 79 stolen bases and 28 home runs. She ranks third all-time with a .408 career batting average and is fourth with 100 career RBIs. It should be noted that every player listed above her on all career record lists played for three or more seasons at the University, while Bayer's marks were achieved in just two seasons.
Bayer's name appears 10 times on the single-season record book lists. Her 55 runs scored and 140 total bases in 1999 remain school records. She ranks second all-time with 17 home runs in 1999, seven triples in 1999, and 40 stolen bases.
Bayer was a highly decorated student-athlete, earning All-Conference honors in 1999 and 2000, All-Region honors in 1999 and 2000, and third-team All-America honors in 2000.
Upon completion of her playing career, Bayer remained with the program for two seasons as an assistant coach, helping the Spartans to a 60-34 record from 2001-02.
Bayer graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology/secondary education in 2003. She returned to school to pursue a nursing degree and received her BSN in 2005. She has passed her certification tests and currently works as a registered nurse in the operating room at Hillcrest Hospital in Simpsonville, SC.