For the second week in a row, USC Upstate pitcher Lexi Shubert has been named the A-Sun Pitcher of the Week for softball after leading the Spartans with three wins in the circle last week.
“Lexi picked up some important wins for us last week,” said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. “She has shown the ability to limit the effectiveness of the hitters we play against, which allows our defense and our hitters to perform with a tremendous amount of confidence. She continues to be one of the leaders on this team and has been a major key to the success we have already had and the success we hope to have in the future.”
Shubert, a sophomore from Hickory, N.C., started three games last week and won all three to help Upstate improve to 25-6 overall and 8-1 in the A-Sun. She picked up a key non-conference win when she tossed a two-hitter in leading the Spartans to a 3-1 victory over NC State last Wednesday. She followed that performance by winning two games against North Florida in the Spartans’ three-game A-Sun sweep of the Ospreys.
Shubert began the week by tossing a complete game and allowing just one run on two hits to get the win over NC State. She struck out seven Wolfpack batters along the way. She got the start in the first game of the A-Sun series against North Florida. She tossed a complete game, five-inning outing in the 9-1 victory over the Ospreys. She allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts. She then capped the weekend by tossing a complete game in seven innings to get the 7-0 win in the series finale to earn the sweep for the Spartans. She tossed her fourth shutout of the season after scattering three hits with six strikeouts.
For the week, Shubert was 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA, 16 strikeouts, three complete games and a shutout in 19.0 innings of work.
Her selection this week marks the second consecutive week Shubert has been named the A-Sun Pitcher of the Week. It is also the third of her career. The selection is also the fifth time a Spartan has earned a weekly honor from the A-Sun this year, following two player of the week honors for Cheyenne Griffin, one player of the week selection for Kendall Settlemyre and last week’s pitcher of the week honor for Shubert.