USC Upstate Falls Twice on Day Three of Big South Softball Championship

USC Upstate Falls Twice on Day Three of Big South Softball Championship

Longwood Box Score (.pdf)

Winthrop Box Score (.pdf)

Buies Creek, N.C. – The USC Upstate softball team was eliminated from the Big South Softball Championship on Friday dropping two games to the top-seeded Longwood Lancers and No. 4 seed Winthrop Eagles at Campbell's Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

The Spartans fell in game one to the Lancers 4-2 before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Eagles in game two.

USC Upstate falls to 41-15 overall while Longwood improves to 36-19 and Winthrop 29-24.

GAME ONE – USC UPSTATE 2, LONGWOOD 4

Scoring Breakdown

  • Top 3rdSarah Price gave the Spartans an early 1-0 lead with one out on her RBI single to center field. Riley Sheehy scored from second on the base hit after leading off the inning with a single and advanced on Kayla Hussey's sacrifice bunt.
  • Top 4th – USC Upstate extended their lead to 2-0 on an RBI double down the left field line by Alicia Dorgan. Alyssa Oakes, who led off the inning with a single, scored from first on Dorgan's double.
  • Bottom 4th – The Lancers answered by scoring four times on a grand slam to left field by Chelsea Whitcomb.

Notables

  • Christina Biggerstaff (26-5) suffered the loss giving up four runs on five hits, one walk and six strikeouts in six innings of work.
  • Sydney Backstrom (18-10) picked up the win throwing a complete game and surrendered two runs on five hits, no walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.
  • Price led the Spartans offensively with two hits in three plate appearances and one RBI.
  • Dorgan went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
  • Oakes and Sheehy both had one hit and one run scored.
  • Karleigh Donovan had a team-high two hits for Longwood while Whitcomb added four RBI.

GAME TWO – WINTHROP 2, USC UPSTATE 1

Scoring Breakdown

  • Bottom 4thBrittany Case scored the game's first run after she stole third base and came home after an Eagle throwing error. Case started the inning with a single to right field and moved to second on a ground out from Megan Obier.
  • Top 5th – Winthrop came back in the fifth to score twice and took a 2-1 lead on an RBI single by Morgan Lowers while Blake Wallert crossed home plate when Ashley Westbrooks reached on a fielder's choice.

Notables

  • Biggerstaff (26-6) took the loss in relief allowing two runs on five hits, no walks and four strikeouts in four innings of work.
  • Erin Hill started the game for USC Upstate and pitched three innings while giving up no runs on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.
  • Bella Roy (4-5) recorded the win pitching a complete game and surrendered one run (none earned) on six hits, five walks and no strikeouts.
  • Price and Case both had a team-high two hits for the Spartans.
  • Dorgan and Elisa Cecchetti each compiled one hit.
  • Case scored one run.
  • Six different players had one hit for the Eagles while Lowers registered one RBI.

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