Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate starting pitcher Lexi Shubert limited the ninth/tenth-ranked Florida State offense to two runs on just six hits, but the Seminoles took a 2-0 victory over the Spartans Thursday evening at Graf Field. The scheduled second game of the doubleheader was canceled due to rain.
Upstate stands 14-4 on the year and will head to Kennesaw State to open A-Sun play this weekend. The three-game series will start with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and end with a single game on Sunday, also with a 1:00 p.m. start time. Florida State improved to 20-5.
Florida State looked to have a big inning in the first, but Upstate starter Lexi Shubert pitched out of a jam relatively unscathed. The Seminoles loaded the bases with one out and the No. 5 and 6 hitters coming to the plate. Bailey Schinella hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Ellie Cooper to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. Shubert then struck out Amy Szymanowski for the final out to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Upstate attempted to make some noise of its own in the top of the second. Karla Beasley led off the inning with a single and moved to second after a throwing error by the Seminole catcher on a pick-off attempt with one out. Hayley Reinfeld walked to put runners on first and second. However, Seminole starter Lacey Waldrop, the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year, got a fly out and a strikeout to end the Spartan threat and keep the Seminoles on top, 1-0.
Intermittent drizzling rain gave way to a steady shower in the top of the fifth inning and the game went into a weather delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth. After a 52-minute weather delay, play resumed with the Seminoles batting and one out. After Shubert retired the second out of the inning on a fly ball to right, Florida State opened a 2-0 lead when Maddie O’Brien homered to left.
Florida State put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Shubert got out of the inning by inducing a fly out to shallow left center.
Upstate mounted a late rally in the top of the seventh. Beasley smacked a double to left center for her second hit of the game and Kendall Settlemyre followed with a bloop single down the line in left to put runners on first and third with one out. However, Waldrop got a strikeout and a pop out to end the threat and the game.
Shubert was solid in the circle throughout the day for Upstate. Despite allowing two runs, she limited the Seminoles to just six hits and struck out four on the day. She fell to 8-3 on the year with the loss. Waldrop tossed a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to improve to 13-3 on the year. Beasley collected two of Upstate’s three hits.
The second game of the doubleheader was canceled after a large cell dumped rain on the stadium. With the forecast calling for occasional showers, the game was canceled with the first inning yet to be completed.