Lindsey Greeson waited for a great time to hit her first career home run when she belted a two-run homer in the fourth to give Upstate a 3-1 victory over NC State in the second game of the doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Cyrill Stadium. The win salvaged a split on the day as the Wolfpack took a 10-1 win in game one.
Upstate improved to 22-6 on the year with the split. The Spartans will return to action this weekend when it plays host to A-Sun rival North Florida for a three-game series this weekend at Cyrill Stadium. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s single game also starts at 1. Saturday will be Upstate’s “Strikeout Cancer” game benefitting the American Cancer Society. NC State stands 17-11 on the season.
Greeson entered her home run at bat having not cleared the fences in 80 previous career at-bats. On at-bat 81, she connected on a two-run homer that delivered the game-winning run for the Spartans in game two.
“I’ve never hit a home run ever in my life. Great timing, huh,” said Greeson on her game-winning homer.
The game one 10-1 loss was the first time Upstate had been run-ruled since April 20, 2013 at Florida Gulf Coast, a 10-2 decision. The last time the Spartans were run-ruled at home was on April 16, 2010 in a 10-2 loss to Kennesaw State. It was also just the third time this season the Spartans did not score at least two runs in a game.
Game 2 – Upstate 3, NC State 1
Upstate starting pitcher Lexi Shubert and NC State starter Courtney Mirabella kept the bats quiet early in the game. That changed in the bottom of the third when Kaitlyn Jaeger led off the inning with a solo home run to right center to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. The inning could have been more fruitful for the Spartans as Upstate put runners on first and second with one out. However, Mirabella got out of the inning with a strikeout and ground out.
After Kendall Settlemyre led off the fourth inning with a single, Mirabella was lifted for Weiman, the winning pitcher in game one. Two batters later, Greeson belted a two-run homer to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead over the Wolfpack.
Shubert did not allow a hit through the first four innings and had struck out five along the way. NC State finally got something off the sophomore hurler in the fifth when Tharrington led off the inning with a solo home run to get the Wolfpack within two, 3-1.
Despite allowing the solo home run, Shubert remained in control and shut down NC State in the final two innings to take the win. She improved to 15-4 on the year after giving up just two hits and striking out seven. Mirabella took the loss for NC State after allowing two runs on four Spartan hits to fall to 5-4 on the year.
Game 1 – NC State 8, Upstate 1
NC State started quickly in game one, scoring three runs in the top of the first to open an early lead. The first three Wolfpack batters reached base with leadoff hitter Renada Davis reaching on a double and scoring when Tyler Ross reached on an error. Molly Hutchison then hit a two-run home run to left field.
Upstate got a run back in the bottom of the first when Shellie Robinson belted a solo home run out of the leadoff spot to get the Spartans within two runs.
NC State extended its lead back to three with an unearned run in the fourth inning. Maggie Hawkins singled to lead off the inning and moved to second and third on a pair of passed balls. She then scored on Morgan Tharrington’s ground out to short to make it a 4-1 Wolfpack lead.
NC State put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth inning. Hannah Yeager started things off with a leadoff home run. Ross followed with a two-run single up the middle and Lana Van Dyken plated a run on a sacrifice fly as the Wolfpack opened an 8-1 lead. Davis’ two-run homer in the sixth gave NC State a 10-1 advantage.
The 10-1 loss was the first time Upstate lost a game by more than two runs this season. Entering Wednesday, the Spartans had dropped four one-run decisions and a 2-0 defeat at No. 9 Florida State this year.
Upstate starter Amanda Storch fell to 6-2 after allowing 10 runs on 10 hits in six innings of work. Two of the 10 runs were unearned. Weiman earned the complete game victory for NC State and improved to 12-8. She allowed one run on four Upstate hits and seven strikeouts in six innings of work.