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Stacey Berrong has the privilege of being the first USC Upstate softball player to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Her academic success, career numbers, individual accomplishments, and leadership all played a factor in her selection.
Berrong made an immediate impact on the program as a freshman, finishing second in the nation with 20 home runs and breaking five single-season school records along the way. She finished the season with a school record 20 homers, 72 RBI, a .986 slugging percentage, a .540 on-base percentage, and 136 total bases, all records that still stand today. In addition, she remains atop the all-time career records list in nine categories including 197 games played, 228 hits, 153 runs, 53 doubles, 46 home runs, 215 RBI, 425 total bases, 87 walks, and 486 assists.
Her 20 home runs in 1996 stand as the Peach Belt Conference single-season home run record, while her 425 career total bases also stands atop the Peach Belt's list.
Berrong's performance throughout her career was noticed by the Peach Belt Conference as she received All-Conference honors all four years of her career. She was also a first team All-Region selection in 1997 and 1999 and earned Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors four times in 1996.
Berrong made her name known nationally as well. In addition to ranking second in the nation in home runs as a freshman and earning a spot in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In the Crowd" section in 1996, she finished the 1999 season ranked among the nation's leaders in four statistical categories. She finished 19th in the country with a .779 slugging percentage, 28th with 12 home runs, 28th with 57 RBI, and 40th with a .426 batting average.
While Berrong clearly excelled on the playing field, she was also a standout student. She was a member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Academic Honor Roll.
Currently, Berrong lives in Atlanta, GA, and works in the front office of the North Atlanta Endocrinology and Diabetic Center. She remains active playing in women's and co-ed slow pitch softball leagues and in weekend slow pitch softball tournaments.