Tucson, Ariz. – USC Upstate baseball infielder Charlie Carpenter etched his name in the record books on Wednesday when he became the first Spartan in school history to be selected to the Collegiate Baseball newspaper Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team.
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.
“It’s a great honor to be named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American,” Carpenter said. “This is something I am going to enjoy now, but I’m excited to get back to work and help the team improve in 2016.”
Carpenter also ranked 13th in the league with 14 doubles and sixth with three triples. He finished the season with a .272 batting average and two home runs.
Defensively, Carpenter led Upstate with a .987 fielding percentage while ranking sixth 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.
“Chuck had a really good season for us and I’m extremely happy to see him recognized for his efforts,” Upstate head coach Matt Fincher said. “I think this indicates the type of player he is and the type of potential he has. He is already a big part of our team and we hope that will continue to evolve moving forward.”
Carpenter was selected to the to the 2015 Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team at the end of the regular season to become the first Spartan since 2012 to accomplish the feat.