Johnson City, Tenn. (USC Upstate SID) – A day after tying the program’s single-game strikeout record, USC Upstate’s Anna Miller tossed a no-hitter and the No. 23 USC Upstate softball team pounded out nine hits and scored eight runs in five innings to take an 8-0 run-rule victory over ETSU to complete its three-game A-Sun sweep to end the regular season.
Miller tossed her six no-hitter as a member of the Upstate program, tying the all-time school record held by all-time great Morgan Childers. She has tossed a school record four no-hitters this year alone. Miller spent the first two years of her college career at the College of Siskiyous and was the California JUCO Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore.
“Anna pitched another great game today,” said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. “The last two games are the best I have ever seen her pitch. I feel really good about having so many different options to be able to put out in the circle. It was good to get these three games in before the conference tournament and I look forward to getting the tournament underway next week.”
Upstate now turns its attention to the upcoming A-Sun Tournament. The Spartans are the regular season conference champions and will be the #1 seed in the A-Sun Tournament for the first time in program history. Upstate begins its quest to repeat as tournament champions when it opens play in the championship Thursday afternoon at 12:30 CT, 1:30 ET against the winner of the first round game between #4 Mercer and #5 Kennesaw State. The A-Sun Championship is being hosted by Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday through Saturday.
Upstate is now 44-5 overall and 22-2 in the A-Sun with the win Sunday. The Spartans have set records for wins in a season during their Division I era and A-Sun wins as well. The Spartans are just three wins shy of the program’s all-time record of 47 set by the 2007 squad. ETSU fell to 20-32 overall and 7-18 in the league.
Miller took the circle again Sunday and was strong once again in tossing her no-no. She struck out six batters through the first three innings and cruised to the win to improve to 17-3 overall and 10-1 in the A-Sun. She struck out 10 and combined for 28 strikeouts in 12 innings over the last two games.
Upstate and Miller got plenty of run support from the Spartan bats. Upstate scratched out a run in each of the first two innings on a double by Maddison Kieffer in the first and a solo home run by Dana Landers in the second to open a 2-0 lead. Upstate then broke open the game and put the contest away with three runs in each of the next two innings to open an 8-0 advantage.
In the third, Cheyenne Griffin belted a three-run home run. In the fourth, Kieffer singled to drive in a run and Erin Schattle doubled to plate a pair of runs for the 8-0 lead.