After completing the season with 44 wins and breaking 64 team or individual school records, the USC Upstate softball team finished the 2015 season ranked among the nation’s statistical leaders in the final statistical ranking released by the NCAA.
Upstate ended the year ranked 25th or better in nine team categories highlighted by finishing third in home runs per game at 1.74 and slugging percentage with a league-best .622. The Spartans were also fourth with a .353 team batting average and .978 fielding percentage. Upstate rounded out its top 25 rankings by sitting 10th in won-loss percentage, 12th in scoring with 7.19 runs per game, 13th in on-base percentage at .433, 21st in doubles per game with 1.59 and 25th in earned run average with 2.46.
Lexi Shubert led the way, finishing tied for second in the nation with 34 wins on the year. The mark tied the all-time program record (Morgan Childers Caddell, 2010), was tied for the second-best in A-Sun history and was just two victories shy of the national lead held by San Diego State’s Erica Romero. In addition, Shubert ranked 10th in shutouts with 10, 20th in earned run average at 1.67, 32nd in walks allowed per seven innings with 1.35 and 37th in hits allowed per seven innings with 5.13.
Shellie Robinson closed out her senior season by ranking in the top 50 nationally in five offensive categories. Robinson was 10th in home runs per game with 0.43, home runs with a conference-leading 23 and runs per game with 1.20, while finishing 15th in slugging percentage at .882 and 28th in runs batted in per game with 1.15. Kendall Settlemyre finished in the top 50 in three categories highlighted by concluding the season 24th in home runs per game with 0.35. She was also 44th in home runs with 17 and 47th in slugging percentage at .787.
Aly Schneider and Cheyenne Griffin rounded out the top 50 individual rankings for the Spartans. Schneider ranked 42nd in toughest to strikeout with a 21.7 rate and Griffin was 44th in sacrifice flies with four.
Upstate also garnered respect in the national Top 25 polls. The Spartans received votes in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball final polls, picking up 10 votes in the USA Softball poll and six votes in the NFCA poll. If the polls were extended, Upstate would have been ranked 30th in the USA Softball poll and 33rd in the NFCA poll. The Spartans received votes in both polls in 10 weeks during the season.