Spartanburg, S.C. - Senior pitcher Amanda Lindsey (Byhalia, Miss.) tossed a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in the second game of a softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Atlantic Sun Conference foe USC Upstate, leading the Hatters (20-17, 2-4 A-Sun) to a 1-0 win and a split of the doubleheader. The Spartans (24-7, 5-3 A-Sun) took the opener 7-2.
After the loss in the first game handed Stetson its fourth straight defeat and left it in a difficult place in the standings early in the A-Sun season, Lindsey put the team on her back and handed USC Upstate just its fourth loss in its last 16 games. With two runners on and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Lindsey struck out the last two Spartan batters to end the game. The win was Stetson's first against the Spartans in eight all-time meetings in series history.
Junior pinch hitter Katelyn Perna (St. Petersburg, Fla.) gave the Hatters the only run they would need with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the third that scored freshman right fielder Chelsea Whalley (Calgary, Alta.). Whalley led off with a double against starter Amber Hamilton, who took the loss. Game 1 pitcher Morgan Childers came on in relief later in the inning and blanked Stetson the rest of the way.
Childers, who set her school's all-time wins record today, was dominant in the opener, striking out 13 Hatters and coming within one swing of the bat of a no-hitter and shutout. Stetson senior designated player Katie Lawrence (Hilliard, Fla.) made sure she got neither, however, connecting on a two-run home run, her fifth of the season, in the top of the fourth.
That shot merely drew Stetson within 6-2 as the Spartans had struck for four runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second. Kim Brasil homered in the bottom of the sixth for the final margin; Childers picked up her 70th career victory while Lindsey started and took the loss.
The Hatters return home for a pair of key A-Sun doubleheaders next weekend. Two-time defending conference champion Campbell visits Patricia Wilson Field for a noon twinbill next Saturday while Stetson hosts Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. Sunday. Live Stats and Jamie Bataille's Hatter Vision broadcast are available as always at www.GoHatters.com.