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May 15, 2010
DeLand, Fla. - Kim Brasil led off the seventh inning with a double and Lauren Quevedo drove her in with a two-out single to lift the USC Upstate softball team to a 2-1 victory over Stetson to advance to the championship game of the A-Sun Tournament Saturday afternoon at Patricia Wilson Field in DeLand, Fla.
Upstate advanced to the A-Sun Championship with the win, taking on No. 1 seed Lipscomb at 3:45 p.m. The Spartans improved to 41-14 with the win. Stetson ended its season with a 34-21 record with the loss.
"Both teams battled to the very end and for the third straight game, we got THE hit to put us over the top," said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. "Kim again showed why she is not only one of the best players in this conference tournament, but in the A-Sun. Lauren stepped up again for us and delivered a really good hit. To advance to the championship game of the tournament in our first year is something amazing."
Upstate starter Amber Hamilton and Stetson starter Amanda Lindsey engaged in a pitcher's duel and the game remained scoreless until the fifth inning. Hamilton and Spartan reliever Morgan Childers pitched out of a jam in the fourth. Lipscomb put runners on second and third with two outs, but Childers got a ground out to end the inning.
In the fifth, Blake Meredith drew a leadoff walk and pinch runner Katelyn Molkenthin advanced to second on Janna Lewis' sacrifice bunt. Brasil then drove in the go-ahead run for Upstate with a single through the right side.
Stetson didn't give in and put pressure on Upstate in the sixth inning. Chelsey Trotto led off the sixth inning with a single and stole second. Jessica Lokeinsky walked and the runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Lindsey was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Childers struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Upstate loaded the bases with one out, but Lindsey pitched out of the jam by getting a pair of strikeouts to match Childers' top half of the inning.
Stetson tied the game with a run in the seventh inning. The Hatters loaded the bases with two outs, and Lokeinsky was hit by a pitch to score the game-tying run.
Brasil started off the seventh with a double to left center. Crislyn Chewning was intentionally walked and Ericka Harris followed with a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over. After Katie Zauner was intentionally walked to load the bases and Monica Hall struck out, Quevedo smacked the game-winning single to left to score Brasil from third with the winning run.
Childers tossed 3 2/3 innings to earn the victory. She improved to 34-7 on the year and tallied four strikeouts to increase her season total to 428, just nine shy of the single-season A-Sun record of 437 by Nikki Myers (Florida Atlantic) in 2002. Lindsey took the loss and fell to 25-12 on the year.
Brasil continued a torrid A-Sun Tournament at the plate. She finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and run. Quevedo also had a pair of hits and the game-winning RBI.