For the first time since the last week of the 2014 season, USC Upstate has swept the A-Sun weekly softball awards as Hickory, N.C., natives and Fred T. Foard High School alums Kendall Settlmeyre and Lexi Shubert were named the A-Sun Pitcher and Player of the week in the conference this week.
Shubert has now earned A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors for an A-Sun record fourth-straight week, while Settlemyre has earned her second selection of the year. It brings the weekly softball selections up to eight this season, breaking Upstate’s school record of seven in 2014.
“I continue to be impressed with the way that both Kendall and Lexi perform at a high level,” said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. “They both had great weeks and helped us pick up key wins over the weekend, especially. They continue to help lead our team and I am happy they are receiving the recognition they both deserve.”
Settlemyre put on a power show last week en route to earning player of the week honors. She hit .526 for the week with a stout 1.474 slugging percentage. She collected 10 hits in 19 at-bats, six of which were home runs. She also finished the week with nine RBIs and eight runs.
Settlemyre finished with four hits, including two home runs, with five RBIs and four runs in the doubleheader sweep of Gardner-Webb. She followed that performance by going 6-for-11 with three home runs to lead the Spartans to a sweep of Stetson over the weekend. She hit a solo home run to begin the scoring for the Spartans in game one and totaled three hits in the doubleheader sweep Saturday. She was overpowering on Sunday. She finished 3-for-3 with two home runs against the Hatter pitchers. She hit a two-run homer and a solo shot to finish with three RBIs and three runs in the game to cap the weekend.
Shubert had a standout week and went 3-1 with her only loss coming at South Carolina. She tossed a six-hit shutout in the 4-0 win over Gardner-Webb last Thursday, then helped lead the Spartans to an A-Sun series sweep of Stetson over the weekend. She earned two wins and a save against the Hatters. She allowed three earned runs on a home run in an otherwise controlled game to lead the Spartans to the win in the first game of the series. She then entered the second game of the doubleheader with a one-run lead and tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless work to earn the save. In the series finale on Sunday, she limited the Hatters to four hits in three innings of work with two strikeouts to earn the win in Upstate’s five-inning victory on Sunday.
For the week, Shubert was 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA, three complete games, one shutout and 14 strikeouts.
Shubert and Settlemyre swept the A-Sun weekly awards for the first Spartan sweep since Shellie Robinson and Anna Miller were named the player and pitcher of the week on May 5 last year heading into the A-Sun Tournament.