Macon, Ga. – USC Upstate infielder Charlie Carpenter became the fifth Spartan in school history to be named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team when the conference announced its annual postseason baseball awards on Tuesday.
Carpenter is the first Spartan to earn a spot on the team since Chad Sobotka and Greg Guers accomplished the feat in 2012.
“It’s an honor to be named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team,” Carpenter said. “I hope to help the team build success and guide us in the future during my remaining years at Upstate.”
Carpenter started in 52 of the 53 games in which he appeared and served as the Spartans’ first baseman, catcher and designated hitter at different points throughout the season. The Winter Springs, Fla., native led Upstate and ranked ninth in the A-Sun with 44 RBIs, which is also the third-highest total in school history during the Division I era. Additionally, Carpenter produced the highest RBI total of any freshman in the conference.
Carpenter turned in 12 multi-RBI games, five games with at least three RBIs and collected a season-best four RBIs when he delivered a towering grand slam in the first inning at Presbyterian. He also featured 12 multi-hit games and recorded the longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 13 straight games midway through the season.
“Charlie had a great season for us and I’m very happy, pleased and proud for him,” USC Upstate head coach Matt Fincher said. “He was forced to hit cleanup for us all year and he did a good job of handling that as a freshman. He also provided us with a lot of flexibility in that he could catch and play first base.”
Carpenter also ranked eighth in the league with 14 doubles and fifth with three triples.
Defensively, Carpenter led Upstate with a .987 fielding percentage while ranking fifth in the conference with 357 putouts. In addition, he was tied for fourth in the A-Sun with 10 runners caught stealing despite playing just 23 games behind the plate.