Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate standout pitcher Lexi Shubert has been named the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball, capping a tremendous regular season on and off the field.
Shubert’s selection is the second consecutive Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for a Spartan softball player after Anna Miller took home the honor in 2014. Shubert is also the fourth Spartan student-athlete to earn the honor this season following on the heels of Marvin Schmiege (men’s soccer), Mario Blessing (men’s basketball) and Rachel Reiling (women’s golf).
“Lexi excels in everything she puts her mind to, and that is evident with her performance in the classroom and on the field,” said Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins. “She has been able to balance the demands of her school work along with the long hours spent practicing, training and playing games. To excel at such a high level in both her academics and softball is a testament to her work ethic and talent. Lexi doesn’t just want to be good at anything she does, she wants to be great. I am proud of her and thrilled she is a leader in our program.”
Shubert, a sophomore from Hickory, N.C., has been an exceptional student as a Graphic Design major. She owns a 3.8 cumulative GPA and was named an NFCA All-America Scholar and A-Sun All-Academic team selection for 2014. She was the only unanimous selection for the A-Sun All-Conference team this year.
Shubert has been just as strong on the field this season as well. The A-Sun Preseason Pitcher of the Year (postseason awards will be announced Tuesday), she currently ranks fourth in the nation with 30 wins, just three wins shy of the top spot. She owns 12 more wins than any other pitcher in the A-Sun this season and has seven more in conference play alone. She also tops the conference in ERA and opponent batting average while ranking second in strikeouts. She also ranks among the nation’s leaders in ERA and shutouts.
The 2014 A-Sun Freshman of the Year and a first team all-conference selection, Shubert has pitched Upstate to 15 of its 18 conference wins this season and has 30 of the Spartans’ 40 overall wins. She became just the second Spartan pitcher to ever reach 30 wins, which is tied for the fourth-highest in A-Sun history. A four-time A-Sun Pitcher of the Week selection, she broke the A-Sun’s record with four consecutive weekly honors during the season. She picked up marquee non-conference wins over #11 Georgia, NC State and North Carolina.