Spartans take two from Crusaders
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Spartans take two from Crusaders

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate freshman pitcher Brittany Rice (pictured, 1-0) pitched a complete game, giving up just two hits and one earned run with six strikeouts in game one and senior pitcher Jessica Jolly (3-0) allowed no runs on just two hits with seven strikeouts in five innings of work as Upstate swept a doubleheader against North Greenville 6-1 and 14-0 (five innings) at a windy Cyrill Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

Upstate remains undefeated with a record of 6-0 and North Greenville falls to 0-4.

In game one, North Greenville took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when first baseman Allison Bailey grounded into a fielder’s choice to score designated player Lindsey Eargle. Upstate answered in the second inning with a RBI single by junior third baseman Jena Keith to tie the game at 1-1.

Upstate took the lead in the third inning with four runs including RBI singles from junior center fielder Shay Slater and sophomore left fielder Amber Patterson to take a 5-1 lead. The Spartans added another run in the fourth on a RBI double by sophomore right fielder Heidi Gibbs.

Gibbs and junior catcher Vanesa Flores were both 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to lead Upstate.

Bailey was 1-for-2 with a RBI to lead North Greenville. Ashley Warlick (0-2) took the loss.

In game two, Upstate opened with two runs in the first inning coming on a Flores RBI single and a RBI double by junior catcher Tiffany Pitcher for a 2-0 lead. The game was busted wide open in the second inning with Upstate plating eight runs including a run-scoring double by Gibbs, a Slater RBI single, and a three-run home run by Flores for a 10-0 lead.

Upstate would add four more runs in the fourth inning with a two-run home run from freshman shortstop Ana Mitchell and a two-RBI double by Patterson.

Flores was the leading hitter in game two, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, a home run, and two runs scored. Gibbs was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored and Mitchell finished 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored.

Eargle and left fielder Christina Shin each went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead North Greenville. Eargle (0-2) took the loss on the mound.