USC Upstate Splits Doubleheader on Final Day of Spartan Classic

USC Upstate Splits Doubleheader on Final Day of Spartan Classic

Miami (OH) Box Score (.pdf)

East Carolina Box Score (.pdf)

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate softball team closed out play at the Spartan Classic on Sunday afternoon splitting a doubleheader with the Miami (OH) RedHawks and East Carolina Pirates from Cyrill Stadium.

USC Upstate's record now sits at 3-1 on the season while Miami (OH) is 2-3 and East Carolina 4-1.

The Spartans defeated the RedHawks in game one 3-1 before falling in the finale 3-1 to the Pirates.

GAME ONE – MIAMI (OH) 1, USC UPSTATE 3

Scoring Breakdown

  • Bottom 4thBrittany Case broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with her RBI double to left center field. Alyssa Oakes scored from first on the hit after reaching the previous at-bat on a fielder's choice.
  • Bottom 6thAlicia Dorgan extended USC Upstate's lead to 3-0 on her two-RBI single to right field that drove in Case and Elisa Cecchetti. Case and Cecchetti both reached on back-to-back singles.
  • Top 7th – Miami (OH) recorded three straight hits to start the seventh capped by an RBI single to left field by Ashton Slone.

Notables

  • Christina Biggerstaff (2-0) continued her impressive start to the season picking up the win after allowing just one run on four hits, one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings of work.
  • Biggerstaff did not allow a hit over the first 3.2 innings of the game and increased her streak to start the year to 10.2 innings while not surrendering a run in 13 consecutive innings.
  • Erin Hill (1) picked up the save after retiring three straight batters with no outs and runners on first and second in the top of the seventh.
  • Brianna Pratt (1-2) took the loss pitching 5.2 innings and gave up two runs on six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.
  • Case, Dorgan and Kristen Wright each had a team-high two hits for the Spartans.
  • Dorgan contributed two RBI and Case one.
  • Johniann Wahl collected two hits for the RedHawks while Slone contributed one RBI.

GAME TWO – EAST CAROLINA 3, USC UPSTATE 1

Scoring Breakdown

  • Top 1st – East Carolina struck first for a single run in the first to take a 1-0 lead on Logan Wood's RBI single to left center field.
  • Bottom 1st – USC Upstate answered with a run of its own to tie the score at 1-1 on an RBI infield single by Oakes. Sarah Price came home on the base hit after starting the inning with a single and then stole second and third base.
  • Top 7th – The Pirates broke the 1-1 tie in the top-half of the seventh on a double to right field by Ashley Weingartz and an RBI groundout by Courtney Layton.

Notables

  • Hill (1-1) suffered the loss throwing a complete game and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
  • Erin Poepping (3-0) picked up the win with a complete game and surrendered one run on four hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.
  • Price, Dorgan, Oakes and Kayla Hussey all had one hit apiece for the Spartans.
  • Oakes added one RBI.
  • Weingartz recorded a game-high two hits and tallied one RBI along with Wood and Layton.

UP NEXT

  • USC Upstate remains at Cyrill Stadium next weekend, February 15-17, to host Bowling Green, Boston, Connecticut and Virginia Tech in the Upstate Classic.

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