After turning in some lofty power numbers last week, USC Upstate standout third baseman Kendall Settlemyre has been named the A-Sun co-Player of the Week for softball. It is her first career player of the week honor.
Settlemyre had a tremendous week last week, highlighting her effort with a pair of grand slams in wins over North Carolina and Kennesaw State. She hit .348 for the week with four home runs, one double, a .913 slugging percentage, 12 RBIs and five runs. She was also perfect in the field in 10 chances in seven games.
“Kendall came up big for us in key spots last week and helped lead us to important wins,” said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. “She is a couple of weeks removed from returning from a wrist injury, but last week showed her grit and determination. She has a tremendous amount of power and put that on display last week. I am excited she has been recognized for the week she had.”
She began the week by collecting a pair of hits with an RBI and double in the 6-3 win at Furman. She followed that performance by belting a grand slam with the game tied at 2-2 to lead the Spartans to a 9-4 victory over North Carolina in Cyrill Stadium. After collecting a hit at No. 9 Florida State, she had a monster weekend to help lead Upstate to a sweep of Kennesaw State to open A-Sun play.
Settlemyre began the Kennesaw State series by scoring a run in the 16-3 victory over the Owls on Saturday. She then had a tremendous day Sunday. She finished the day with four hits, three runs, three home runs and seven RBIs to lead the Spartans. She belted a solo home run in the 8-2 victory in game one of the doubleheader and then went off with two homers in the second game. She started off with a solo home run in the second inning and helped put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the third. She finished the Kennesaw State series hitting .400 with three home runs, seven RBIs and four runs.
Settlemyre is the third Spartan to hit a grand slam this season. Aly Schneider first belted a grand slam on Feb. 21 in the 10-2 win over Bryant. Settlemyre was next with her grand slam against North Carolina. Dana Landers hit a grand slam in the 8-2 win over Kennesaw State in the first game of the doubleheader Sunday and Settlemyre followed with another in the second game. Upstate has hit 12 grand slams since moving to Division I in 2008. The four hit so far this season are the most in any single season since moving to Division I in 2008.
Settlemyre’s selection as player of the week is the third this season for the Spartans. Cheyenne Griffin took home the weekly honor on Feb. 16 and March 2.