CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte softball (31-21, 10-11 C-USA) will wrap up its historic 2016 regular season this weekend, welcoming West Division foe Louisiana Tech (29-19, 10-8 C-USA) to Phillips Softball Complex for a three-game series beginning Saturday.
The fate of both teams postseason berths is on the line, along with five other squads in Conference USA. East Division winner No. 23 Florida Atlantic and West Division teams UTEP and UAB have already clinched.
Charlotte picked up its second sweep of the season last weekend, downing Middle Tennessee in all three contests in Murfreesboro, including an epic ten-inning battle on Sunday. It was the first time ever that the 49ers have recorded two sweeps in Conference USA in the same season.
Senior Lexi Betancourt had a record weekend, breaking the all-time wins record with a thrilling 9-5 victory on Saturday, a mark held for 25 seasons. Currently with 71 wins, the hurler also is first in innings pitched, games started, and wins, and is second in strikeouts and third in shutouts.
Sophomore Haley Pace is coming off a huge weekend, where she totaled 10 RBI and scored seven times across three games, including registering her second career grand slam en route to earning College Sports Madness C-USA Player of the Week honors.
Freshman Emma Ocker continues to put up a fantastic rookie season. After scoring seven runs last weekend, she sits at 36 on the season, just one away from tying the freshmen record. Ocker is also second in all-time freshmen hits with 55, and tied for second in triples with four. Her .329 batting average currently slots her seventh in program history amongst freshmen.
Earlier this week, Pace and Betancourt were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, two of just four players from the conference to earn the distinction.