Fort Myers, Fla. – Lexi Shubert tossed her second complete game shutout of the weekend, and Abbie Millete hit a three-run homer, as the USC Upstate softball team completed a three-game sweep of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 win at the FGCU Softball Complex.
Upstate improves to 33-9 on the season and moves into first place of the conference standings with a 6-3 record. With the loss, Florida Gulf Coast falls to 21-19 overall and 3-6 in league play.
- Top 4th – The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead with one out in the fourth on Millete's three-run home run to left field for her fifth of the season. Kristen Wright and Ryan Rector both scored on the homer after reaching on back-to-back singles.
- Top 6th – Wright and Ansley Gilstrap executed a double steal to give Upstate a 4-0 lead as Gilstrap stole home and Wright went to second base. Gilstrap led off the inning with a single to right field and Wright followed with an infield single.
- Top 7th – The Spartans made it a 5-0 game in the seventh when Gilstrap drove in Brittany Case following an Eagle fielding error. Case reached on an infield single and would advance to third on a single by Kayla Hussey and a sacrifice bunt from Kendsey Chappelear.
- Shubert (15-4) recorded her second complete game shutout of the series on Sunday to earn the win after giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four.
- Riley Randolph (12-6) suffered the loss throwing six innings and allowed four runs on six hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
- Shubert collected her 13th complete game this season to tie with Holly McKinnon for the team-lead and ranks tied for third in the conference. She has also not allowed a run in 15 appearances this year.
- Wright led Upstate offensively with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with one run scored.
- Millete had a game-high three RBI for the Spartans while Gilstrap added one.
- Kelsey Huff recorded a team-best two hits for Florida Gulf Coast.
- Upstate remains on the road on Wednesday, April 12 when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a 5 p.m. contest at North Carolina.