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May 29, 2010
Spartanburg, S.C. - After winning 41 games and advancing to the championship game of the A-Sun Tournament, the USC Upstate softball team ended the season by topping the league in seven statistical categories.
Upstate finished the year with a .980 fielding percentage to top all A-Sun teams. The percentage is tied with East Carolina for the top fielding percentage in the country. The Spartans finished second in the conference with a .265 batting average and third with a 1.91 ERA.
Individually, Morgan Childers finished the year leading the A-Sun in five statistical categories. The junior from Kings Mountain, N.C., turned in a dominant performance in the circle in 2010, leading the league with 34 wins, 428 strikeouts, 107 batters struck out looking, 270.2 innings pitched and 37 starts. The 428 strikeouts are the second most in league history, just nine shy of the league record of 437 held by Nikki Myers (Florida Atlantic, 2002). Childers smashed her own single-season strikeout record, besting her effort of 277 last year. Her 963 career ring-ups stand second all-time in the conference. She earned first team all-conference honors for her efforts in the circle.
In addition to leading the league in five categories, Childers ranked second with a 1.01 ERA, .136 opponent batting average and 46 appearances. She broke nine single-season school records in 2010, including 428 strikeouts, 107 batters struck out looking, 34 wins, 16 shutouts, 46 appearances, 37 starts, 31 complete games, 270.2 innings pitched and a .136 opponent batting average. Already the owner of the school's career record for strikeouts (now at 963) and opponent batting average (.162), she also moved to the top of the all-time list with 84 wins, 122 appearances, 693.2 innings pitched and 240 batters struck out looking.
Kim Brasil, a junior from Mississauga, Ontario, topped the A-Sun with 21 doubles. Her 21 doubles are the most in a season since Upstate moved to Division I in 2008 and is second behind Heidi Gibbs' school record 23 in 2006. Brasil also finished the season ranked second in the A-Sun with 48 doubles and fourth with 19 stolen bases.
While Childers and Brasil were the only Spartans to top the A-Sun in any statistical category this season, other Upstate players were ranked among the league leaders. Crislyn Chewning, a senior from Willamina, Ore., finished the year fourth in the conference with a .356 batting average, seventh with 62 hits and 10th with 85 total bases. Lauren Quevedo, a junior from Wellington, Fla., ranked fourth in the league with 10 home runs and sixth with a .567 slugging percentage.
In addition to the season-ending statistical standing in the A-Sun, Upstate is also represented on the latest NCAA statistical report. The Spartans rank 14th in the country with a 1.91 ERA, 30th with a .732 winning percentage, and 42nd with 1.41 doubles per game. Individually, Childers ranks in the top five in the country in five statistical categories. She ranks third with a 1.01 ERA and 3.23 hits allowed per game. She ranks fourth with 428 strikeouts and 16 shutouts, and fifth with 34 wins.
Chewning ranks as the third-toughest batter to strikeout in the nation, while Brasil ranks seventh in the country with 0.38 doubles per game and 68th with 0.86 runs per outing.