Lexi Shubert tossed a one-hitter in the first game and Amanda Storch tossed a gem in the second as the USC Upstate softball team cruised to a doubleheader sweep of Western Carolina with a pair of shutouts Wednesday afternoon at Cyrill Stadium. Upstate won the first game, 4-0, and the second, 7-0.
Upstate improved to 12-2 on the year with the wins and will take a few days off before getting back to action Monday with a doubleheader at Furman. Western Carolina fell to 4-8 on the year with the losses. Upstate improved to 15-0 all-time against the Catamounts.
In addition to Shubert’s effort in the circle, freshman Storch also tossed a shutout as the Upstate pitchers dominated the day. They gave up just five hits on the day.
Game 1 – Upstate 4, Western Carolina 0
Upstate wasted no time in grabbing the lead in the first inning. With runners on first and second, Karla Beasley doubled to left field to drive in a run and give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Shubert was strong early on. She was perfect through the first three innings, but ran into a little trouble in the fourth. Abigail Daniels led off the fourth with a bunt single and moved to third with two outs. However, Shubert got a ground out to end the inning and keep the Spartans ahead, 1-0.
Upstate added to its lead in the fourth inning. The Spartans loaded the bases with no outs and pushed a run across on Paris Prusak’s sacrifice fly to right. The Spartans added a run when Kendall Settlemyre scored on a double steal attempt to give Upstate a 3-0 advantage. Beasley came through again in the sixth with a solo home run to right to give the Spartans a 4-0 lead. It was her fourth homer of the season.
Shubert was in command throughout the game. She went the distance and allowed just the one bunt single while striking out three to improve to 7-1 on the year. Jordan Garrett also went the distance in the circle for Western Carolina and took the loss to fall to 3-4 on the year. She allowed four runs on five hits. Beasley led Upstate at the plate, finishing the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Game 2 – Upstate 7, Western Carolina 0
Upstate again jumped on top in the first inning and Beasley delivered again. The Spartans loaded the bases with one out and Beasley drove in a run when she reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop. Upstate loaded the bases again in the inning, but Western Carolina starter Taylor Sigmon got a strikeout to end the threat.
Cheyenne Griffin gave Upstate a 2-0 lead when she cranked a solo home run to center in the bottom of the third. The Spartans weren’t done. Kendall Settlemyre followed with an RBI double later in the inning as the Spartans opened a 3-0 advantage. Settlemyre later scored when Aly Schneider reached on an error to give the Spartans a 4-0 lead.
Upstate nearly ended the game early in the fifth, but settled for a seven-run lead. Prusak started things off with a two run home run to center, her first homer of the season. The Spartans made it a 7-0 game when Beasley walked and Kaitlyn Jaeger scored on a wild pitch on the play.
Storch went the distance for the second complete game of the year for the freshman. She scattered four hits and struck out seven to improve to 4-1 on the year. Sigmon took the loss for Western Carolina and fell to 0-2. Prusak led Upstate at the plate with three hits, going 3-for-3, and two RBIs. Reinfeld added a pair of hits.