Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate softball signee Lexi Shubert capped a strong senior season by being named the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for North Carolina.
Shubert (Hickory, N.C.) has been the ace of the staff at Fred T. Foard High School. She led the Tigers to a 23-5 record and an appearance in the West 3A semifinals. She posted a 0.51 ERA with 328 strikeouts in 190.2 innings. In addition to her prowess in the circle, she hit .461 with 12 doubles and 31 RBIs at the plate.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program honors individuals who have achieved great athletic success, but also honors those who combine their athletic success with high academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.
A four-time all-conference selection, Shubert is a First Team All-State honoree and was the Class 3A West Pitcher of the Year.
Shubert will join Upstate in the fall and will look to make an impact on a team that turned in a monumental season in 2013. The Spartans finished the season with a 42-12 record and won the A-Sun Tournament championship to secure an appearance in the NCAA Tournament playing in the Tuscaloosa Regional. The team's NCAA Tournament berth was the first for any team at Upstate since the university moved its athletics program to NCAA Division I in 2007-08. The Spartans also became the first Upstate team to earn a Top 25 national ranking in a major national Top 25 poll when it earned a No. 24 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll in April. The Spartans ended the year receiving nine votes in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll released Tuesday. Upstate also finished the year with the No. 1 defense in the nation with a .981 fielding percentage.
Shubert is not the only Upstate signee to receive postseason honors. Ryan Rector (Williamston, S.C.) will play for the 3A/2A All-Star Game after turning in an all-region and all-conference season at Palmetto High School.