Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate softball team inched up the ladder in the latest NCAA RPI ranking and is ranked No. 38, while the Spartans remain among the nation’s statistical leaders in the latest report issued by the NCAA.
Upstate was ranked No. 39 in last week’s NCAA RPI and buoyed by a win at No. 11 Georgia, moved up one spot in this week’s ranking. The RPI is a key tool used by the NCAA Selection Committee in determining at-larger berths and seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
Upstate is the top-ranked A-Sun school in the RPI. The conference has four teams ranked in the Top 100 and seven of eight ranked in the Top 125. Following the Spartans among A-Sun schools is Kennesaw State (65), Lipscomb (71), North Florida (85), Stetson (110), Jacksonville (121), Florida Gulf Coast (122) and Northern Kentucky (266). The Spartans have played seven opponents and nine games in non-conference play against teams ranked in the Top 100, including No. 8 Florida State and 20 Georgia.
In addition to the RPI, Upstate remains one of the top teams in the nation in several team and individual statistical categories. As a team, the Spartans rank in the Top 25 in eight different categories, highlighted by ranking fifth with 1.84 home runs per game and a .625 slugging percentage, and ninth with a .351 batting average and .977 slugging percentage.
Individually, Lexi Shubert ranks third in the nation with 26 wins. She is also 10th with seven shutouts, 29th with a 1.66 ERA and 30th with 1.33 walks allowed per game. Shellie Robinson ranks seventh in the country with 19 home runs, 10th with 0.43 home runs per game, 11th with 1.25 runs per game, 20th with a .894 slugging percentage and 35th with 1.16 RBIs per game. Kendall Settlemyre ranks 18th in the nation with 0.39 home runs per game, 32nd with 15 home runs and 45th with a .821 slugging percentage.