Upstate Hosts FGCU this Weekend in First Conference Home Series

March 25, 2016 at 9:40 am

The USC Upstate softball team concludes a five-game home stand this weekend as the Spartans welcome the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles to Cyrill Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon.

Game one of Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. with game two scheduled for a 5 p.m. first pitch. The series will conclude Saturday at 12 p.m.

Upstate (27-4, 2-1) returned home for the first time in over two weeks on Wednesday as it swept a doubleheader over former A-Sun member East Tennessee State. The Spartans defeated ETSU by scores of 3-2 and 3-0. Ryan Rector and Kendsey Chappelear both led Upstate on offense with three hits, while Rector drove in three runs including two in game one. Holly McKinnon earned a save in the first game and followed in game two by tossing her team-leading 11th complete game of the season.

Florida Gulf Coast (16-16, 0-0) is playing in its first conference games of the season after wrapping up a seven-game home stand by going 2-5 with wins over Green Bay and Iowa State. The Eagles are led by 14th-year head coach David Deiros. Kelsey Huff leads FGCU with a .385 average at the plate, while Racquel Fournet has hit four home runs and driven in 29 RBI. Riley Randolph is 6-2 on the mound to go with a 1.68 ERA.

Upstate is 12-8 all-time against Florida Gulf Coast after sweeping the Eagles in a three-game series last season in Fort Myers, Fla.

Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. All three games this weekend are being streamed on ASun.TV. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate softball Twitter page (@UpstateSoftball).

The Spartans hit the road for seven straight games beginning Tuesday, Mar. 29 against North Carolina at 5 p.m.

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