Childers Tosses No-Hitter In Sweep Of N.C. A&T

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Greensboro, N.C. - Morgan Childers tossed her third career no-hitter, struck out 17 and reached 700 career strikeouts to lead Upstate to a 1-0 victory in game one at North Carolina A&T. She entered the second game with the score tied at zero in the fifth inning and pitched the Spartans to a sweep as Upstate took a 6-0 win in the nightcap.

Upstate improved to 15-4 on the year and will travel to Furman on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader. N.C. A&T fell to 8-10 on the year with the losses.

"I was extremely pleased to see Amber (Hamilton) pitch really well in the second game," said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. "We continue to play defense really well behind our pitchers and it was great to see us put together a string of hits in the last inning of the second game to put it away. I'm not sure what to say about Morgan. Every time she walks out there, I just feel like we have a chance to do great things."

Childers was especially dominant in game one. She struck out the first nine batters, and 11 of the first 12, to set the tone in the game. She also pitched out of a jam in the sixth to take the win. After Upstate took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Kim Brasil scored on a fielding and throwing error by the North Carolina A&T second baseman, Childers had to fend off the Aggies in the sixth.

In the sixth, Childers hit a batter and walked the next to put runners on first and second with one out. Hope Fletcher reached when her towering pop fly fell to the ground, but Crislyn Chewning picked up the ball and threw to third to force Danielle Nguyen for the second out of the inning. Childers then struck our Ryanne Hill to end the inning and the threat.

> In the seventh, Childers got Jessie Larson to pop out to lead off the inning and struck out the next two batters to end the game. She finished just one strikeout shy of her own single-game school record of 18 set in her collegiate debut in 2008. The 17 strikeouts stands as the season-high in the A-Sun this year. Childers picked up her 63rd career victory and stands just six shy of the all-time record of 69 held by Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame member Kristy Middagh (1999-02).