Karla Beasley Named ASUN Player of the Year, USC Upstate Receives Six Softball Postseason Honors

May 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Karla Beasley was named the ASUN Player of the Year and highlighted a postseason awards list for the USC Upstate softball team that features six honors as the conference announced its yearly awards on Tuesday afternoon, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Along with ASUN Player of the Year recognition, Beasley was also named unanimous ASUN First Team All-Conference. Brittany Case garnered ASUN First Team All-Conference accolades while Christina Biggerstaff and Ansley Gilstrap were both selected Second Team All-Conference. Logan Morris was a unanimous selection to the ASUN All-Freshman Team.

Karla Beasley | Player of the Year | Unanimous First Team All-Conference
Beasley becomes the second player in program history to be named ASUN Player of the Year, joining Shellie Robinson who earned the award in 2014 and 2015. She also receives her third postseason honor after being named First Team All-Conference and All-Freshman in 2015. Entering postseason play currently third in school history with 44 career home runs, Beasley had a team-best .392 average and 15 homers this season. She led the ASUN in home runs, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Nationally, Beasley ranked 30th or better in home runs, home runs per game, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and walks. She struck out only six times in 130 at-bats this season. She reached base in a team-leading 26 straight games and compiled a 10-game hitting streak. Beasley was named the ASUN Player of the Week on Feb. 26.

Brittany Case | First Team All-Conference
For the third consecutive season, Case picks up All-Conference honors. It is her fourth postseason award after being selected Second Team All-Conference in 2017, and First Team All-Conference and All-Freshman in 2016. Case was also voted to the ASUN All-Academic Team on Monday. The junior ranks sixth in the ASUN this season in walks and tied for ninth in doubles. Having started in 47 games, Case compiled a .311 batting average with two home runs and 27 RBI while contributing a team-high nine doubles. She did not commit an error defensively while compiling nine multi-hit and six multi-RBI games. Case set a new career-high this year with four RBI against Fairfield and tied her career-best of three hits twice versus Fairfield and East Tennessee State.

Christina Biggerstaff | Second Team All-Conference
Biggerstaff records her first career postseason award from the conference after posting a 15-9 record and 1.90 ERA this year. The transfer from Oklahoma State led the ASUN in strikeouts while ranking in the top-30 nationally in strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings and hits allowed per seven innings. She struck out 211 batters in 169.1 innings and limited opponents to a .182 average at the plate. Biggerstaff also contributed a 1.83 ERA in conference play. She struck out 10 or more batters seven times highlighted by 13 at Charlotte. In a 9-0 win in five innings against Presbyterian College on Feb. 27, Biggerstaff became the fourth player in school history to throw a perfect game joining former Spartans Hannah Alexander, Anna Miller and Kristy Middagh.

Ansley Gilstrap | Second Team All-Conference
Gilstrap collects her third career postseason award from the league after being named First Team All-Conference in 2017 and All-Freshman in 2016. She also received All-Academic Team honors on Monday afternoon. She leads the ASUN this season, and is eighth nationally, with 39 stolen bases in 40 attempts. Starting in all 48 games, Gilstrap is hitting .264 with two home runs and 10 RBI. She ranks in the top-10 for the ASUN in runs scored and walks. She compiled 11 multi-hit and two multi-RBI games. Gilstrap went 14-for-14 in stolen bases against ASUN opponents and recorded a season-high three hits versus South Dakota.

Logan Morris | Unanimous All-Freshman
Morris finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in RBI, seventh in batting average and on-base percentage, and ninth in slugging percentage. She led the team with 39 RBI and was second with a .357 batting average and five home runs, including a grand slam at Stetson. Morris collected a team-best nine multi-RBI games and was second with 13 multi-hit games. She turned in a career-high four hits and five RBI on March 25 at Lipscomb. Morris added four RBI games against Colgate, Delaware State and Stetson.