USC-Upstate 5, North Fla. 3

May 12, 2005

No. 3-seed USC Upstate broke open a 2-2 with three runs in the top of the fifth inning to defeat No.2-seed North Florida at the 2005 South Atlantic Region Championships at the Bobbie Bailey Athletic Complex.

The Spartans (45-13) got on the board in the top of the first inning when they touched up UNF starter Tori Ahern. Erin Driggers had an RBI single and Tiffany Pitcher walked with the bases loaded to put the Spartans ahead after one inning.

Ahern (22-6), the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, was touched for four earned runs and seven hits in only five innings of work.

The Ospreys (39-11) scored an unearned run in the bottom the second inning and then tied the game on a Caitlin Miller solo home run to left center field off USC Upstate starter Kasey Herron.

The game-winning, fifth inning rally started when Jena Keith led off with a single and scored after an error and a wild pitch. Pitcher then followed with an RBI bunt single on a suicide squeeze as Driggers crossed the plate with the Spartans fourth run of the game. Ashleigh Beck ended the scoring with an RBI double.

North Florida scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Randalyn Rogers double to left center field scoring Alisha Phillips. With the tying runs in scoring position, Jessica Sexton struck out swinging to end the threat.

Herron (16-6) picked up the win, going the distance and allowing just one earned run while scattering six hits.

North Florida plays No.4-seed Carson-Newman at noon while USC Upstate plays No.5-seed Columbus State at 5:00 p.m.

USC Upstate vs North Florida
May 12, 2005 at Kennesaw, Georgia (Bailey Complex)

USC Upstate 5 (45-13)                         North Florida 3 (39-11)

Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
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Krista Altom cf............  3  1  0  0       Ashley Parenteau ss........  4  0  0  0
Katie Adams 2b.............  4  0  1  0       Christina Evans cf.........  4  0  1  0
Jena Keith 3b..............  4  2  2  0       Kelli Rutenbar c...........  4  0  1  0
Allie Cyrill c.............  2  0  1  0       Laura Hanstein 3b..........  4  1  2  0
 Jessie Burroughs pr.......  0  0  0  0       Caitlin Miller lf..........  2  1  1  1
Erin Driggers ss...........  4  1  2  1       Alisha Phillips dh.........  1  1  0  0
Tiffany Pitcher dh.........  3  0  2  2       Gwen Williams 2b...........  3  0  0  0
 Megan Clark pr............  0  1  0  0       Randalyn Rogers 1b.........  3  0  1  1
Terra Goswick rf...........  4  0  0  0       Jessica Sexton rf..........  3  0  0  0
Ashleigh Beck 1b...........  3  0  1  1       Tori Ahern p...............  0  0  0  0
Shay Slater lf.............  3  0  0  0        Kelli Pitts p.............  0  0  0  0
Kasey Heron p..............  0  0  0  0
Totals..................... 30  5  9  4       Totals..................... 28  3  6  2

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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USC Upstate......... 200 030 0 -  5  9  4
North Florida....... 010 101 0 -  3  6  2
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E - Adams(7); Beck(13); Heron 2(4); Parenteau 2(7). DP - Spartans 1; Ospreys 1. LOB
- Spartans 8; Ospreys 7. 2B - Cyrill(14); Beck(10); Hanstein(7); Rogers(3). HR -
Miller(4). HBP - Altom. SH - Cyrill; Miller. SB - Rutenbar(10). CS - Rutenbar(5).

USC Upstate                    IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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Kasey Heron  W,16-6........   7.0  6  3  1  2  3   0  0  0  0   28 31   7  9

North Florida                  IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
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Tori Ahern  L,22-6.........   5.0  7  5  4  2  5   2  0  1  0   23 27   8  2
Kelli Pitts ...............   2.0  2  0  0  0  1   0  0  0  0    7  7   2  2

WP - Ahern 2. HB - Ahern.

Strikeouts - Adams; Keith; Cyrill; Goswick; Slater 2; Williams; Sexton 2. Walks -
Cyrill; Pitcher; Phillips 2.

Umpires - Home:Mike Raynor  1st:Linda Holcomb  3rd:Cyndi Arnold
Start: 8:32 PM   Time: 2:10   Attendance: 104



-- Courtesy Kennesaw St.