The Official South Carolina Athletics Site
Blog

Recently in softball Category

Throwback Thursday: Trinity Johnson - Softball

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks

As we prepare to open the new Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field this weekend hosting #4 Alabama, let's take a look back at one of the all-time Gamecock Softball greats for this edition of Throwback Thursday.

Trinity Johnson was inducted into the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. Check out some of her impressive accolades from her 1997 senior season below. Johnson helped lead the team to the SEC Championship, SEC Tournament Championship, and a Women's College World Series berth in 1997. The 1997 team went 63-5 overall and 25-1 in the SEC.

- Softball National Player of the Year (Honda Award for softball, first ever winner for South Carolina in any sport)
- US Olympic Committee Softball Player of the Year
- Major League Players Alumni Association Fastpitch Pitcher of the Year
- SEC Female Athlete of the Year
- SEC Player of the Year (unanimous)
- First-team All-SEC
- First-team NFCA All-American (three-time winner)
- SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player


Throwback Thursday - Trinity Johnson.jpg














Have an idea for who/what you want to see featured on Throwback Thursday? Share it in the comments.

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

After several rainy days, we took advantage of a gorgeous sunshine and 60-degree day to get some new photos of the Gamecocks' softball stadium as construction continues to progress. Please note a few game location changes to maximize working time on the stadium.
Check out a couple of the photos below. To see more, check out our Facebook photo album for the project! 



Softball: 2.27.13

Thumbnail image for Softball; 2.27.13
Season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online.



Photos: Softball Stadium Progress

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Softball hits the road this weekend to open up the season! We're a little over a month away from the first home game scheduled to be played in the new softball stadium and progress is coming along. Check out some of the latest photos below, including a cool panoramic shot from the outfield
, and for even more photos check out our Facebook photo album for the project!


Softball: 2.6.13

Softball: 2.6.13- 2
The team is excited to start practicing on their new field!

535775_10151310705414611_175341863_n.jpg


More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online. View the full 2013 schedule here.  

Sneak Peek at 2013 Baseball and Softball Posters

| 4 Comments | No TrackBacks

Get your first sneak peek at the 2013 Baseball and Softball posters! First chance to get one is at tonight's Preview Party exclusively for My Carolina and Gamecock Club members. More info about the event here.  Let us know in the comments what you think!


2013 Baseball Poster.JPG








2013 Softball Poster.JPG
















Season ticket deposits for softball and baseball are available now! Single game tickets for baseball will go on sale to Gamecock Club members on February 5. Any remaining available single game tickets (except the Clemson game) will go on sale to the public on February 8. Go to GamecocksOnline.com/tickets for more information.

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The first game scheduled to be played in our new softball stadium is set for March 13th and progress is coming along! Check out some of the latest photos below under today's gorgeous Carolina skies
. For more photos check out our Facebook photo album for the project!




Softball Stadium Progree: 1-23-13

Softball Stadium Progree: 1-23-13, 2


More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online. View the full 2013 schedule here.  

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress in 2013

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

We're a little over two months away from the first game scheduled to be played in the new softball stadium and progress is coming along! Check out some of the latest photos below, including a cool panoramic shot from the outfield
, and for even more photos check out our Facebook photo album for the project!


IMG_4690.jpg



Can't wait to be sitting here this spring!












panorama softball January.JPG







IMG_2458.JPG
















More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online. View the full 2013 schedule here.  

Photos: Softball Stadium Taking Shape

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

After several rainy days, we took advantage of a gorgeous, sunny, 70-degree day (not bad for December, right?) to get some new photos of the Gamecocks' softball stadium as construction continues to progress.
Check out a couple of the photos below. To see more, including some shots of the locker room, check out our Facebook photo album for the project! 


IMG_1621.JPG















IMG_1616.JPG
















More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online.

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Today's weather is perfect to see new developments of the softball stadium
! Check out a couple new photos taken recently below. To see more, go here to a Facebook album of the project!

_MG_0451.JPG

_MG_0447.JPG
_MG_0446.JPG

More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online.

Photos: Softball Stadium Progress

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

T
he colder weather lately is brightened by progress on the new softball stadium! Check out a couple new photos taken recently below. To see more, go here to a Facebook album of the project!

IMG_9238.JPG





















_MG_0424.JPG

_MG_0429.JPG


More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online.


Photos: Softball Stadium Progress Continues

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Check out the latest photos of the new South Carolina Softball stadium in the Athletics Village!  You can see the home dugout formation already, and the left side of the stands is starting to take shape. You can also see some of the pillars that support the second level press box area. See a few photos below and more on our Softball Facebook page


IMG_1342.JPG



IMG_1341.JPG



IMG_1345.JPG














More information to come later on season tickets in the new stadium, but season ticket deposits for the 2013 softball season are available now for just $25 for adults! Click here to purchase online.




Photos: New Softball Stadium Progress

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

The beautiful weather in Columbia the past couple weeks has allowed progress on the new softball stadium to continue along nicely! Check out a couple new photos from this morning and the past couple days below. To see more, go here to a Facebook album of the project!

Softball Stadium 9.12
























IMG_2760.jpg

Photos: New Softball Stadium Progress

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Despite the rainy weather so far this week in Columbia, progress is continuing on the new softball stadium! Check out a couple new photos below from this morning and see more photos here in our Facebook photo album of the project.


IMG_9170.JPG

























IMG_9174.JPG

Update: Softball Stadium Construction Photos

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Check out the latest photos of the construction of the new softball stadium! You can see more photos of the project as it comes along in our Facebook photo album.

IMG_1402.JPG 

IMG_1408.JPG




























IMG_1406.JPG

Softball Stadium Construction Photo Update

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Construction has made progress over at the new softball stadium! Check out a couple pictures below and see the full Facebook photo album of the project here.

IMG_9111.JPG 
IMG_9117.JPG 

Photo Update: New Softball Stadium Construction

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Construction progress continues on the new softball stadium in the Athletics Village at The Roost! Check out a couple photos below and see more in our Facebook album chronicling the project.

IMG_9077.JPG
Rebar going in the ground.



IMG_9081.JPG

























A view from the outfield back toward the Athletics Village - Carolina Tennis Center is right beside softball with The Dodie Academic Center and the newly opened Rice Athletics Center in the background.



Keep up with Gamecock Softball on Facebook and Twitter!

Photo: Softball Stadium Construction Update

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Construction of the Gamecocks' new softball stadium officially began two weeks ago with the demolition of Beckham Field (see photos here). Check out the latest photos below! You can also read a great feature on some of the historic moments at Beckham Field here.

IMG_8779.JPG
IMG_8782.JPG




Check out the conceptual renderings of the new stadium below. We look forward to having everyone out to see it in person!





 
Work on the new stadium for South Carolina Softball began today with demolition of Beckham Field. There are so many great memories here, but we're very excited about the future with the new stadium!

Check out a few photos below and see even more pics of today's demo in our Facebook album. We'll add photos throughout the construction process so stay tuned!

IMG_8665.JPG

IMG_8721.JPG

























IMG_8770.JPG


























The new softball stadium is set to open for the 2013 season. Check out the conceptual renderings in the slideshow below:

Thumbnail image for BSB-12 Celebration vs. Alabama.jpegGamecock fans are in luck this weekend that even though both the baseball and softball teams are on the road, they are both appearing on TV this weekend. Baseball at Arkansas will be televised on Friday and Saturday while Softball at Ole Miss will be televised on Sunday. As always for baseball all three games are available on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium). The live audio broadcasts for all three softball games are available for free on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.


Bookmark this link to reference through the weekend and tune in to cheer on your Gamecocks! 


Friday, May 4

Baseball @ Arkansas - 8 p.m.

TV: ESPNU
Watch online with WatchESPN (limited distribution available only to certain cable subscribers with Brighthouse, Time Warner and Verizon)



Saturday, May 5

Baseball @ Arkansas - 1 p.m.

TV: ESPN2
Watch online with WatchESPN/ESPN3



Sunday, May 6

Softball @ Ole Miss - 2 p.m.

TV: SportSouth

 
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball hosts their final home series of the season as they take on Auburn this weekend. It will also be the final series ever in the current Beckham Field as construction will begin on the new stadium on the same site at the end of this season. Be sure to come cheer on your Gamecock seniors and bid farewell to Beckham Field. Baseball returns home this weekend after a road sweep of Auburn to host Alabama in a three-game series starting Thursday with the SEC Game of the Week televised nationally on ESPNU.


SFB-12 seniors posed.JPG
























This year's softball senior class



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baseball vs. Alabama - 7:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, April 27,  2012

Baseball vs. Alabama - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Softball vs. Auburn  - 7 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the softball Facebook fan page for a prize
-High School Night
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, April 28,  2012

Baseball vs. Alabama - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Softball vs. Auburn  - 7 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Girl Scout Night- banner competition!
-Alumni Night
-Honoring the Beckhams
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Softball vs. Auburn  - 1 p.m.
-Senior Day - final home game of the season
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Twitterific Sunday- show us your gameday mention of @GamecockSoftbll for a prize
-Little League Day
-Kids Run the Bases
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball returns home this weekend after eight games on the road to host Tennessee in a three-game series. Friday's game is Student Night. We'll have free pizza, double Student Rewards points and raffle prizes. Fans can also win prizes by playing Softball Bingo or by showing our Facebook Friday coupon from the Softball Facebook page. This weekend's softball games are also a reward from our Active Gamecocks program. Elementary school students from around the area who have been participating in our physical fitness program logging their activity earned a voucher for a free ticket to one of this weekend's softball games and the most active school will be recognized. On Saturday we'll have free rally towels while supplies last and on Sunday kids have the chance to run the bases after the game. It's also Twitterific Sunday - fans who show us their mention of @GamecockSoftbll on Twitter can get a prize at the game.  Baseball will host one game this Tuesday vs. College of Charleston before traveling to Auburn for a three-game weekend series. Both tennis and golf teams are also on the road this weekend as they compete in their respective conference championships. Go Gamecocks!


IMG_5317.JPG

























Cocky cheering on the softball team at Beckham Field. Come join him this weekend!



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baseball vs. College of Charleston - 7 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, April 20,  2012

Softball vs. Tennessee  - 7 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Facebook Friday - Show the coupon from the softball Facebook fan page for a prize
-Student Night - Free pizza for the first 100 students, double rewards points, and prizes
-Life Night - Group admission for church groups
-Active Gamecocks Game
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Softball vs. Tennessee - 4 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Free Rally Towels*
-Active Gamecocks Game
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Softball vs. Tennessee  - 1 p.m.

-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Twitterific Sunday - Show us your mention @GamecockSoftbll on gameday for a prize
-Free Rally Towels*
-Active Gamecocks Game
-Kids Run the Bases - stick around after the game for a chance to run the bases at Beckham Field
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Official team posters and schedule cards



Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Tennis SEC Tournament, Oxford, Miss. - Thursday - Sunday
Men's Tennis SEC Tournament, Starkville, Miss. - Thursday - Sunday
Women's Golf SEC Championship, Fayetteville, Ark. - Friday - Sunday
Men's Golf SEC Championship, St. Simons, Ga. - Friday - Sunday

Baseball @ Auburn - three game series, radio broadcast on Gamecock IMG Sports Network affiliates and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium).

Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m. - TV: SportSouth
Sunday, 2 p.m.



THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...


Men's Tennis hosts their final home matches of the season with a Kids Day event at Friday's match vs. Alabama and Sunday's match vs. Auburn serving as Senior Day. Admission is free at Carolina Tennis matches. It's Dads & Daughters Day at Softball on Saturday as we host a doubleheader with Longwood. Football spring practice continues this week.

MTN-12 Ivan Machado vs. Georgia.jpeg




















Ivan Machado



Friday, March 30, 2012

#40 Men's Tennis vs. Alabama - 5 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Kids Day: Free pizza for the first 50 kids, a poster-making station, prizes and more


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Softball vs. Longwood   (doubleheader)  1 p.m./ 3:15 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Dads & Daughters Day - Get your free photograph taken for Dads and Daughters


Sunday, April 1, 2012


#40 Men's Tennis vs. #19 Auburn - 1 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Final regular season home match
*Senior Day: Ivan Machado, Henry Walker


Football spring practice schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday, March 27 - 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 - 4:15 p.m.
Friday, March 30 - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 - 10 a.m.

All spring practices are open to the public unless stated otherwise. Photography is allowed for the first 15 minutes of practice only. No autographs are allowed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Gamecocks on the road...

Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Monday, Tuesday
Baseball @ The Citadel - Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Softball @ Winthrop - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Equestrian vs. Auburn - Southern Equestrian Championships - Fri., 2 p.m.
Women's Tennis @ Alabama - Friday, 4 p.m.
Women's Golf at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic  - Friday - Sunday
Men's Golf at Insperity Augusta State Invitational - Saturday - Sunday
Women's Tennis @ Auburn - Sunday, 1 p.m.

Baseball at Vanderbilt - three game series - radio broadcast available for all games on Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates and GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.  TV: CSS   (also on Time Warner Cable channel 506)
Sunday, 2 p.m.

This Week's Home Events: Baseball Hosts #1 Florida

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After tough road series last weekend, both baseball and softball return home to Gamecock Country to face SEC foes this weekend. Baseball will welcome top-ranked Florida for a three game series, Thursday through Saturday. Softball will host LSU for the weekend, with free Gamecock bandanas at each game while supplies last. Saturday's softball game is $1 Hot Dog Day. For Sunday's game, Junior Gamecock Club members and Little Leaguers can get $1 group admission rates. Cocky's Bounce House will be on hand and all kids can run the bases after the game. South Carolina Track & Field will host their primary home outdoor meet of the season with the Weems Baskin Invitational. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

#8 Baseball vs. Wofford - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Thursday, March 22, 2012

#8 Baseball vs. #1 Florida - 7:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, March 23, 2012

Track- Weems Baskin Invitational - TBA/All Day
-Official team posters

#48 Men's Tennis vs. #15 Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters
-Enter to win an autographed official team poster
*Men's Tennis went undefeated last week against three Palmetto State opponents - Clemson, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina.

Softball vs. LSU - 6:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Facebook Friday- Show the coupon from the Softball Facebook page at the game for a prize

Get to know sophomore Dana Hathorn in her Gamecock Spotlight:




#8 Baseball vs.#1  Florida - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Track- Weems Baskin Invitational - TBA/All Day
-Official team posters

#8 Baseball vs. #1 Florida - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Softball vs. LSU - 2:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-$1 Hot Dog Day
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Cocky's Bounce House


Sunday, March 25, 2012

#35 Women's Tennis vs. Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

Softball vs. LSU - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
-Twitterific Sunday- Mention @GamecockSoftbll on gameday for a prize
-Free Gamecock Bandanas*
-Little League and Junior Gamecock Club Day (Get $1 group admission)
-Kids Run the Bases
-Cocky's Bounce House



Gamecocks on the road...

Women's Basketball - NCAA Tournament

#5 South Carolina vs. #4 Purdue - Monday, 7:20 p.m. ET
Second Round
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com
Radio: 1320 AM, GamecocksOnline.com live audio stream
Click here for more important info on TV/radio coverage for the game
Full game notes and preview


Baseball @ Furman (Fluor Field) - Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. TV: Sport South
Softball @ UNC - Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.  Listen Online
#35 Women's Tennis @ #20 Ole Miss - Friday, 3:00 p.m.
#48 Men's Tennis @ #11 Mississippi State - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Men's Golf @ Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate - Sunday - Tuesday

THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

After earning series wins over the weekend, both Baseball and Softball will host games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week before hitting the road next weekend for conference play. Men's Tennis faces rival Clemson on the road Wednesday before returning home for a doubleheader on Sunday vs. two more Palmetto State foes, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina. Women's Tennis also hosts two home matches this weekend, facing Georgia State on Saturday and Old Dominion on Sunday. Sunday will be a great day to catch both teams in action as we will be putting the Carolina Tennis Center to its max capacity for the first time with both sides of the 12-court facility in use - men on one side , women on the other.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Women's Basketball NCAA Selection Show Watch Party - 6:30 p.m.
McGuire Club at Colonial Life Arena
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
First 200 fans receive a free t-shirt
More Info


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Softball vs. Mississippi State (DH)  - 4:30 p.m., (6:45 p.m. approx. )
-Garnet, Black, & Green- Free recyclable grocery bags while supplies last
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*The Gamecocks are coming off a series win in their SEC opener vs. Arkansas this past weekend taking wins in game 2 and game 3 after an extra inning 5-4 loss in game 1.

#3 Baseball vs. Charleston Southern - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*South Carolina swept Princeton in their final non-conference weekend series.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Softball vs. Charlotte - 6:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Appalachian State - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*App State is off to a strong start with a 13-2 record, including two victories and the series win over LSU.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

#38 Women's Tennis vs. Georgia State - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters


Sunday, March 18, 2012

#33 Men's Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 10:00 a.m.
-Official team posters

#38 Women's Tennis vs. Old Dominion - 11:00 a.m.
-Official team posters

#33 Men's Tennis vs. Coastal Carolina  - 4:00 p.m.
-Official team posters


Check out the latest Gamecock Spotlight on Men's Tennis sophomore Chip Cox:




Gamecocks on the road...

#33 Men's Tennis @ Clemson - Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

Swimming & Diving - Women's NCAA Championships, Auburn, AL - Thursday - Saturday

Track & Field - Shamrock Invitational, Conway, SC - Friday - Saturday

#5 Equestrian @ Delaware State - Friday, time TBA

Men's Golf @ Chris Schenkel Invitational, Statesboro, GA - Friday - Sunday


Softball @ #3 Florida
Live audio for all games available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (free)
Friday - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 1:00 p.m.  - TV: Sun Sports
Sunday - 1:00 p.m.


#3 Baseball @ Kentucky
Live radio for all games available on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network and online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (premium)
Friday - 7:00 p.m.  - TV: CSS
Saturday - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday  - 1:00 p.m.  - TV: FS South/FS Carolinas


Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: previews of the weekend action in baseball, softball and tennis; a great feature on "comeback kid" Sean Sullivan and a view from the other side from Princeton; Stephon Gilmore rising on NFL Draft boards; Molly Brossart in the Gamecock Spotlight and more!  

BSB-12 Princeton flyer.jpg




Baseball vs. Princeton - Click here for more information on all this weekend's home events.

















GAMECOCKS AROUND THE WEB

Baseball: Sean Sullivan: The Gamecocks' comeback kid (GoGamecocks.com)

Baseball: USC set to face a different breed of Tigers (GamecockCentral.com)

Football: Let the competition commence (TheBigSpurs.com) *Coach Mangus talks QB's*




FROM THE OTHER SIDE....

Baseball: Team visits defending national champions (The Daily Princetonian)



VOTE FOR DAWN STALEY

Dawn Staley has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the 1996 Women's Basketball gold medal team. The '96 team also included Gamecock assistant coach Nikki McCray. Fan votes will count toward the final voting tallies. Fans can vote once per day through April 9, 2012. Let's help get Coach Staley this much-deserved honor!
http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/




GAMECOCKS IN THE PROS

Gilmore.jpgFootball: Stephon Gilmore could be fit for Lions in Round 1 of NFL Draft (Detroit Free Press)

"CB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) is on the rise and now challenging Dre' Kirkpatrick (Alabama) as the second-rated corner. He looks like a solid first-round pick now. Gilmore's strong 40 time at the combine (4.4) helped show recovery speed, which when paired with how physical he plays, is a nice combination." - ESPN NFL Blog

Men's Soccer: Q&A with Tyler Ruthven (NewYorkRedBulls.com)





GAMECOCKSONLINE.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball. Ballin With Brett - Episode 6: SEC Tournament Part-2

Softball. Gamecocks Open SEC Play, Hosting Arkansas

Baseball. South Carolina Welcomes Princeton For Weekend Series

Women's Tennis. Women's Tennis Hosts Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Men's Basketball. Gamecocks Fall to Alabama in SEC Tournament

Men's Tennis. Men's Tennis Travels to Kentucky and Vanderbilt

Track & Field. Gamecock Quick Sprints - NCAA Indoors Live Online



COCK-A-DOODLE-TWEET

We love it!


Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!



SPURS  UP BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Info on Gamecocks Home Events This Weekend

Tips and Features on the New GamecocksOnline.com

Gamecock Tyler Ruthven Signs with New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Brettschneider Signs with New England Revolution (MLS)

Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey



VIDEO OF THE DAY

Get to know softball senior Molly Brossart (first base) in her Gamecock Spotlight. Gotta love the story about building her own batting cage!





ROOSTER CROWS

Did You Know? South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner and Princeton head coach Scott Bradley earned All-ACC honors at third base in 1980. Bradley was a first-team selection for North Carolina and Tanner a second-team selection for NC State.

Softball combined to hit 13 homers in the seven-game stretch from Feb. 28-March 4. That total matches what the 2009 team did in 45 games that season and surpassed the outputs of both 2008 and 2010. Twenty-two games into 2012, South Carolina has hit 23 homers, two shy of the 2011 team's total. The program record is 38 long balls in a season, set in 2003.



FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY


Lisa Liddle sent in today's Fan Photo of the Day with the following (very appropriate) caption:

"Watts Liddle....​did some serious cheering for the Gamecocks this year!"

Lisa Liddle.jpg


We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to GamecockAthletics@gmail.com! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

Info on Gamecocks Home Events This Weekend

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Thumbnail image for IMG_5317.JPGThree Gamecock sports are in action at home this weekend, come cheer them on! Softball opens SEC play vs. Arkansas while Baseball plays their final nonconference weekend series of the season vs. Princeton. Women's Tennis takes on SEC foes, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.






Softball vs. Arkansas - Beckham Field
Friday: 6:00 p.m. - **Free pom poms for first 100 fans**
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.

Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Youth (17 and under), $1 each for groups of 15 or more

TV: none
Web: Live audio available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access
Twitter: @GamecockSoftbll

Game Notes and Preview


#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - Carolina Stadium
Friday: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
**Tickets Available**

TV: none
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College
Web: Live video and radio broadcast audio on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium)
Twitter: @GamecockBasebll

Game Notes and Preview


#38 Women's Tennis - Carolina Tennis Center
Friday: 3:00 p.m. vs. Kentucky
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. vs. Vanderbilt

Free Admission

Live Scoring available on GamecocksOnline.com
Match Preview



-Click here for maps and directions to facilities.


***Reminder: fans are encouraged to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward Street beside the Dodie for softball and tennis events. Parking in the garage is FREEClick here for a map including the pedestrian walkway.

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
IMG_5317.JPGTHIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball opens up SEC play this weekend with a three-game series vs. Arkansas coming off a 4-0 undefeated weekend out in California at the Highlander Classic. The first 100 fans at Friday's opening game at 6:00 p.m. will receive free pom-poms. Baseball is coming off a big weekend winning the series vs. Clemson, dropping only the final game by a one-run margin, 6-5. South Carolina Baseball has defeated Clemson in 16 of the last 23 contests between the two schools dating back to the 2007 season. After a mid-week game vs. UNC Asheville, Baseball will host Princeton this weekend for their final non-conference three-game series. Women's Tennis continues SEC play with home matches on Friday vs. Kentucky (SEC home opener) and Sunday vs. Vanderbilt at the new Carolina Tennis Center.

***Reminder: fans are encouraged to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward Street beside the Dodie for softball and tennis events. Parking in the garage is FREEClick here for a map including the pedestrian walkway.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

#3 Baseball vs. UNC Asheville - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Friday, March 9, 2012

#22 Women's Tennis vs. Kentucky  - 3:00 p.m.
-SEC home opener
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Arkansas - 6:00 p.m.
-SEC opener
-Free pom-poms for the first 100 fans
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*Undefeated at Highlander Classic this past weekend.

#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - 7:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

Check out the Gamecock Spotlight on ace pitcher Michael Roth:





Saturday, March 10, 2012

Softball vs. Arkansas - 2:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - 4:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Sunday, March 11, 2012

#22 Women's Tennis vs. #33 Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards

#3 Baseball vs. Princeton - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards


Gamecocks on the road...

NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, Auburn, AL - Monday-Wednesday
Men's Golf at Palmetto Intercollegiate, Aiken, SC - Monday - Tuesday
Softball at Coastal Carolina - Doubleheader, Wednesday, 3:00/5:15 p.m.
#22 Men's Tennis at #9 Kentucky - Friday, 2:00 p.m.
#22 Men's Tennis at #48 Vanderbilt - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Track & Field - NCAA Indoor Championships, Idaho - Friday - Saturday


Men's Basketball SEC Tournament - New Orleans
South Carolina vs. Alabama - First Round - Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network, Radio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network


This Week's Home Events: Carolina-Clemson on the Diamond

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...










The baseball series the Palmetto State has been buzzing about is upon us as No. 3 Carolina and No. 19 Clemson will face off in a three-game series this weekend. The Gamecocks will also host a mid-week game vs. Presbyterian on Tuesday. Friday's game in Charleston and Saturday's home game at Carolina Stadium are sold out. As with all non-televised home baseball games at Carolina Stadium, the game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. will be streamed live on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium). Students coming to the game should be sure to come out early for a pre-game tailgate hosted by the Department of Student Life starting at 12:30 outside of Gate 2. Students can earn double Student Rewards points and practice their cheers on Friday at 2:30 p.m. out at the Carolina Tennis Center for Men's Tennis hosting #4 Georgia in their first SEC match of the season. Men's Tennis will round out the weekend facing #20 Tennessee on Sunday. Softball will host a doubleheader against Charleston Southern on Tuesday before they take flight to California for a weekend tournament. Men's Basketball will play their final home game of the season on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Get there early to help recognize Malik Cooke on Senior Day and give a loud round of applause at halftime when Gamecock student-athletes who earned the Athletics Director Honor Roll distinction for their work in the classroom are recognized.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Softball vs. Charleston Southern (DH) - 2:30 p.m./ 4:45 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters and schedule cards
*The Gamecocks are coming off a 3-0, undefeated weekend in the Gamecock Invitational. They'll host Charleston Southern before heading out to California for the Highlander Classic.

#3 Baseball vs. Presbyterian - 4:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Men's Basketball vs. Mississippi State  - 8:00 p.m.
-Senior Night - come give Malik Cooke a good celebration in his final home game
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Gamecock student-athletes who earned the Athletics Director Honor Roll distinction will be recognized at halftime.
*This game will also be carbon neutral through the hard work of two Gamecock student-athletes. More info.

*Check out Malik Cooke's Gamecock Spotlight:




Friday, March 2, 2012

#46 Men's Tennis vs. # 4 Georgia - 2:30 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters
-Free Pom Poms for first 50 fans
-Double Student Rewards points!
*The Gamecocks are off to a great start to the season with a 10-1 record heading into conference play.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

#3 Baseball vs. #19 Clemson - 2:00 p.m.
-SOLD OUT
-Auction package with tickets, pre-game tour and opportunity to watch batting practice available! Bidding closes on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:00 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.
-Watch or listen live online at GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium)
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Cocky's Bounce House
-Student Life tailgate - 12:30 p.m.
The Department of Student Life is hosting a pregame tailgate party for students outside of Gate 2 at Carolina Stadium, the student entrance. The tailgate will feature complimentary food from Doc's Barbecue and the first 300 students will get free South Carolina Baseball "Win Anyway" t-shirts. Mr. PC will have a gaming lounge set up for entertainment. Students will need a valid Carolina Card for entry.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

#46 Men's Tennis vs. #20 Tennessee - 1:00 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters


Gamecocks on the road...

Softball at Charlotte - Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.  Listen Online
#26 Women's Tennis at #6 Georgia - Friday, 3:00 p.m.
#3 Baseball at #19 Clemson (Charleston, SC) - Friday, 6:00 p.m. (SC will be the visiting team)
#3 Baseball at #19 Clemson (Clemson, SC) - Sunday, 2:00 p.m.  TV: ESPN3
Women's Golf at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Hilton Head) - Friday-Sunday
#26 Women's Tennis at #10 Tennessee - Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball at Georgia - Sunday, 1:30 p.m. TV: SEC Network, ESPN3

Women's Basketball at SEC Tournament (Nashville, Tennessee)
First Round - vs. Alabama - Thursday, 10:00 p.m. ET - TV: FSN

Softball at Highlander Classic (Riverside, California)
Live audio available free on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access
Vs. Portland State - Friday, 12:00 p.m. ET
vs. Maine - Friday, 2:30 p.m.
vs. UC Riverside - Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
vs. UC Davis - Sunday, 2:30 p.m.



This Week's Home Events: Seven Sports in Action

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

We have a jam-packed week of home events this week with lots of opportunities to cheer on your Gamecocks! Almost every team currently in season is playing at home this week, including the final home game of the season for Women's Basketball. The Gamecocks earned their 20th win of the season Sunday with a road win over Alabama and will look to close out the season strong this week with Senior Day on Sunday vs. Arkansas. Equestrian hosts two competitions this weekend, vs. Auburn on Saturday with their annual Equifest, and Senior Day on Sunday vs. Baylor. Baseball and Softball are both in action as Baseball hosts a three-game weekend series against Elon and Softball hosts the Gamecock Invitational tournament including four contests for Carolina. Both tennis squads are also playing at home, with Women's Tennis facing rival Clemson on Wednesday followed by two more matches on Friday and Sunday and Men's Tennis hosting a doubleheader on Saturday. All of this week's tennis matches are currently scheduled to be played outdoors in the new Carolina Tennis Center.

Parking Reminder: for softball and tennis events we encourage fans to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward St. Parking in the garage is free for athletic events. See map

Baseball season parking is still available. Click here for more information.

We look forward to seeing a lot of fans out at all the events - make it a very Gamecock weekend!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

#26 Women's Tennis vs. #17 Clemson - 2:00 p.m.
-Free pizza for the first 100 students
-Official team posters
*The team picked up two wins in California this past weekend and will face three Palmetto State opponents this week.
*Get to know Jaklin Alawi in the Gamecock Spotlight:




Softball vs. Winthrop - 5:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters
*The Gamecocks recorded an 8-1 victory over the Eagles during the Palmetto Classic on opening weekend.


Friday, February 24, 2012

#26 Women's Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 3:00 p.m.
-Official team posters
*Jaklin Alawi and Dijana Stojic are currently 4-0 this spring at No. 1 doubles.

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 3:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
*South Carolina is ranked second in the nation in college baseball attendance after opening weekend averaged 7,751 fans per game.

Softball vs. Elon - 5:00 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters


Saturday, February 25, 2012

#48 Men's Tennis vs. Furman - 10:00 a.m.
-First match for the men's team at the Carolina Tennis Center
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters
*Men's Tennis is currently 8-1 and undefeated at home.

#5 Equestrian vs. #1 Auburn - 10:00 a.m.
-Equifest: Activities will include decorating cowboy hats, horse shoes, stick horses, and a coloring station
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Appalachian State - 12:30 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize

Softball vs. Presbyterian - 3:00 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters


#48 Men's Tennis vs. Charlotte - 4:00 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster!
-Official team posters available

Men's Basketball vs. Tennessee  - 8:00 p.m.
-Flying Hounds halftime act
-Cocky's Bounce House
-One of just two remaining home games
*Senior forward Malik Cooke reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career this past Saturday vs. LSU.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Softball vs. George Washington - 10:00 a.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#5 Equestrian vs. #4 Baylor - 11:00 a.m.
-Senior Day
-Official team posters

#26 Women's Tennis vs. Winthrop - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize

Women's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 2:00 p.m.
-Senior Day - final home game for seniors Markeshia Grant, Courtney Newton, Charenee Stephens, La'Keisha Sutton and Ebony Wilson
-Flying Hounds halftime act
-"Active Gamecocks" game - program winners recognized on the court during the game
-Cocky's Bounce House


Gamecocks on the road:

M. Basketball @ Vandy - Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. TV: SEC Network, ESPN3
W. Basketball @ #13/10 Kentucky - Thursday, 7:00 p.m.  Listen Online
Track & Field - SEC Indoor Championships, Lexington, KY - Fri.-Sun.
Swimming & Diving - Bulldog Invitational, Athens, GA - Sat-Sun
Men's Golf - Seahawk Invitational, Wilmington, NC - Sunday

New Parking Option for Gamecock Softball

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Fans heading out to Beckham Field for the season opener this weekend or any Softball games this season will have a new parking option at the Athletics Village.

Fans are encouraged to park in the new parking garage on Heyward St, marked in the image below by the red box. Parking in the garage is free for athletic events.


Softball Fan Parking.jpg 

Softball opens the season with the Palmetto Classic this weekend.

Friday, 3:00 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Tennessee State
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Western Kentucky
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Winthrop
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Cleveland State

Season tickets are still available for just $25 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and under. Click here to check out the full schedule.


Fan Comments Featured on Gamecocks Billboard

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Last week we asked fans on our Softball Facebook page for their creative comments wishing the team good luck for the 2012 season for the chance to see their comment featured on our digital billboard in Columbia. We got a lot of great responses and chose five to be displayed on the billboards. Check out one of the billboards below and go to the Facebook page to see more. And stay tuned... we'll do more of these throughout the season!

IMG_5133.JPG 
South Carolina Softball opens the season with four games this weekend as part of the Palmetto Classic. Full schedule here  Season tickets are available for just $25 for adults and $10 for youth!

Keep up with the Softball team all season long on Facebook and @GamecockSoftbll on Twitter!

The latest South Carolina Athletics facilities improvements took a big step forward today! Both the new softball stadium and the football videoboard projects are cleared for construction to begin after they earned final Phase 2 approval from the state Budget & Control Board Thursday.

While a completion date cannot be certain at this point, the department hopes to be able to complete the video board project in time for the 2012 football season.

FB-11 Proposed videoboard.JPG

"We are extremely appreciative of the support we've gotten for some of our facility initiatives, especially the video board because it means so much to many of our fans," said Athletics Director Eric Hyman. "A lot of people assisted with this process and we're very grateful for their help. It's a great day to be a Gamecock."
 
The new softball stadium will be built in its current location. It's another piece of the overall Athletics Village at the Roost, currently anchored by the Dodie Anderson Academic Center, the Coaches Support Building currently under construction, and the soon to be complete tennis complex.





The indoor football practice facility also advanced in the approval process earning Phase 1 approval. Phase I is initial approval for the project to be researched further (e.g. hiring an architect to develop plans). Now that the project has Phase I approval, the university will move forward with selecting an architect, who will develop a plan and verify the initial estimate before the project is ready to go back through for Phase 2 of the approval process.


All images are conceptual renderings and subject to change.


Gamecock Softball Excited to Take On the Pros

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Thumbnail image for NPF Back to School tour logo.jpgThe Gamecock Softball team will take the field Friday night for an exhibition against the National Pro Fastpitch team traveling around the country on their Back to School tour promoting softball.

There will be a few familiar faces on the field for NPF with three former SEC players on the squad coming to Columbia, Jessica Bachkora (Arkansas), Francesca Enea (Florida), and Megan Wiggins (Georgia).

Junior pitcher Audrey Broyles and senior Evan Childs both said they hope that the team's familiarity with some of the players will help them during the game, since they basically already have a scouting report on those players.  

"I'm really excited to play them this year because I was actually out last season so I didn't get throw to NPF," said Broyles. "It's really cool to see girls that we played last year move on to bigger things and it's really exciting because it's the same game, the same girls we've been playing.  It's the pro team, it's the all-stars, but we can hang with them. We've played those girls of that caliber."  

The team is looking forward to playing the elite level players and seeing how they stack up.

"I think that we're all excited, but I think that the freshman are kind of nervous. I know I was nervous when we first played them, I didn't really know what to expect," said Childs. "We played them last year though so we know we're going to play some really good players. I hope that we compete and play to win."

This NPF game is one of several fall games for the Gamecocks as they prepare for the 2012 regular season in the spring.

"I think we're progressing really well," said Childs. "I think the team is coming together better.  I think we're getting more chemistry just because there are a couple new people that have filtered in so I think that we are starting to play more and more like a team every week." 


The NPF Back to School Tour comes to Columbia on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Beckham Field for a game against the South Carolina Softball team. Individual tickets are $5 each, $3 for youth 17 and under. Season tickets for 2012 Gamecock Softball will also be available ($25 for adults and $10 for youth) and will include a free ticket for the NPF game.

Gamecocks Will See Familiar Faces Against NPF Squad

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
NPF Back to School tour logo.jpgWhen the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Star team takes the field here in Columbia on Friday, South Carolina coaches Beverly Smith and Janelle Breneman will be seeing a familiar face.

Before arriving at South Carolina last year, Smith and Breneman coached together at the University of North Carolina where they coached Brittany McKinney, who is in her first season playing catcher for the NPF Diamonds.  

"I was really happy for Brittany, B-Mack we call her, to get the nod to come play pro ball.  She's just worked exceptionally hard throughout her career," said Breneman.  "She was always one of those kids that stayed after to hit more and came early to get swings in.  She just is one of those kids who works so hard, you're so glad that it pays off.  I think her senior year didn't quite end like she would have wanted it to, getting in the tournament.  So I was just thrilled that she got to continue her playing career in the NPF."

Gamecock fans might also remember some of the players they'll spot taking the field for NPF, as three women on the roster are former SEC opponents: Jessica Bachkora (Arkansas), Francesca Enea (Florida), and Megan Wiggins (Georgia).

"Any of these players are obviously playing in this league for a reason so they will be tough offensive outs for us," said Breneman. "I think the women's professional league gives our kids something to strive for...I think it's great these young ladies do a lot of traveling and come out for this school tour to promote the sport of softball."


The NPF Back to School Tour comes to Columbia on Friday, October 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at Beckham Field for a game against the South Carolina Softball team. Individual tickets are $5 each, $3 for youth 17 and under. Season tickets for 2012 Gamecock Softball will also be available ($25 for adults and $10 for youth) and will include a free ticket for the NPF game. Group tickets are just $1 each for groups of 15 or more. Contact Josh Waters at 803-777-5567 for more information on group tickets.


With the 2011-12 season right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. Over the next few weeks I'll be counting down the Top 15 Gamecock moments from 2010-11 across several sports from the Spurs Up perspective. It was a good year for the Gamecocks, so I hope you enjoy reminiscing with me!

Top Moments of 2010-11 #12.jpg
#12 - Julie Sarratt Throws a No-Hitter in Her First Game

The 2011 season marked the start of a New Chapter of Gamecock Softball. We followed the team for six weeks leading up to the opening weekend for the Gamecock Confidential series as we got to know the team and the coaching staff under new head coach Beverly Smith. The season started with the Palmetto State Showdown, a series of games vs. in-state foes hosted here in Columbia at Beckham Field. Freshman Julie Sarratt made her collegiate debut on the mound in the third game vs. Coastal Carolina and would go on to allow no hits, strike out five, and add a single and a RBI double at the plate in the 5-0 win over the Chanticleers. She earned her first of three SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season for her efforts. The tremendous freshman performance and start of the new season under Beverly Smith makes for our #12 Top Moment of 2010-11.





Sarratt would go on to perform well for the remainder of the season as well. She led the team in innings pitched (103.2), strike outs (70), and wins (8) and threw six complete games, including two more shutouts. Looking forward to an even better sophomore season from the Gaffney star!


Stay caught on the Top Moments countdown. I'll post the next moment every weekday and Saturday until we get to #1!

#13: Cocky's 30th Birthday Party

#14:
Women's Basketball Upsets LSU, 63-61, at Colonial Life Arena

#15: Alshon Jeffery's season-long 70-yard touchdown vs. Tennessee
 
Congratulations to the Gamecock Productions staff - Director Paul Danna and Assistant Directors Kyle Lewis and Justin Stoll - and their student assistants on being nominated for a 2011 College Sports Media Award!

South Carolina's nomination is in the "College Athletics: Special Feature" category for the Gamecock Confidential series that took fans behind the scenes with the Gamecock Softball team and new head coach Beverly Smith as they prepared for their new season. The six-episode series was something new here at South Carolina and it garnered thousands of views on YouTube and GamecocksOnline.com. Other nominees include features by Michigan, Oregon, Dayton, Stanford, and the ACC.

The CSMA winners will be announced at the College Sports Video Summit on June 7th in Atlanta. Danna and his crew will also be presenting a case study on the Gamecock Confidential series to their peers at the College Sports Video Summit.

Check out Episode 4 below (the episode specifically nominated) and the rest of the series on YouTube or GamecocksOnline.com.

 

This Week's Home Event: Softball Hosts Winthrop

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

Softball will host a make-up game vs. Winthrop this Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Fans with tickets for the rained out March 30th game vs. USC Upstate may use those tickets for entry to Wednesday's game. Tickets are also available at the gate on gameday. This is the final home softball game of the season and the only home event this week so come on out to cheer on the Gamecocks at Beckham Field!

softball senior day.jpg




















Seniors Laura Mendes, P.J. Fulmer, Ashley Chastain, and April Borchardt with the coaching staff during Saturday's Senior Day celebration. Come cheer on the ladies in their last home game.



Both Baseball and Softball will be on the road this weekend. Baseball will play a three-game series at Ole Miss while Softball heads to Baton Rouge to take on LSU.


Wednesday, May 4


Softball vs. Winthrop - 7:00 PM
*Inflatable Bounce House*
*Last Regular Season Home Game
*


Ticket Info for Softball:
o    Adult (persons 18+) - $5.00
o    Youth (persons 17 & under) - $3.00
o    Family (2 adults & 2 youth) - $12.00
o    Group (20 or more people) - $1.00
University faculty/staff and students free with ID



Check out Saturday's Q&A with the four seniors as they reminisced on their time at Carolina.

It's Senior Day for Gamecock Softball and before today's game vs. Florida at Beckham Field (first pitch: 2:00 PM) we'll be honoring four seniors, April Borchardt, Ashley Chastain, P.J. Fulmer, and Laura Mendes, who are wrapping up their time at Carolina. First year head coach Beverly Smith said this group of seniors was instrumental in helping her and the new coaching staff this year get acclimated to South Carolina, the make-up of the team and their traditions. I talked to each of the seniors this week about their favorite memories as Gamecocks, what's next for them, and more. Read on:


BL: What are some of your favorite memories or moments as a student at Carolina and as a softball player?

Laura Mendes: My favorite memory as a student was when I got an "A" on my first Criminal Justice test. I took a class with Theresa Clement, she's my favorite Criminal Justice professor, so I was pretty happy with myself. As a softball player, definitely when I had the game-winning RBI hit when we beat Alabama sophomore year.

Ashley Chastain: My favorite memory as a softball player would probably be beating Alabama two times my sophomore year to win the series. That was a big weekend for us as a team and something I'll never forget. As a student I've just really enjoyed being on campus here, developing relationships with professors. I've definitely enjoyed the student side of being a student-athlete so that's overall my favorite.  

April Borchardt: Probably all the fun times we have on the bus rides and doing really well against some of the top teams in the nation.

P.J. Fulmer: As a player our best win would have been the Alabama series a couple years ago, I think they were ranked #4 at the time and we won the series. We played so well together. In general though, just getting to know teammates. You get to know people so well traveling with them. You make a lot of really good friends so that's a really good memory to have, all of our experiences together. As a student, one of the reasons I came here is because of my major (Sport & Entertainment Management) and just the opportunities I've had, like my upcoming internship. I wouldn't get those if I wasn't at this school.  

Softball seniors.jpg
From L to R: April Borchardt, Laura Mendes, Ashley Chastain, P.J. Fulmer


BL: What are you going to miss the most once you leave?


LM: Probably the softball field actually. When I'm done here I'm not totally sure what I'm going to do so it's going from a family-oriented situation with all the girls I've been playing with for four years and this family union, so it's going to be different to leave everybody and come back and watch them play.  

AC: Definitely the girls. The team, the relationships that I've made. We are like a family so I definitely think I'll miss the people the most.  

AB: Definitely the rest of the girls. I love the game and I'll definitely miss that too, but you meet so many people and make some really good friendships and that's what I'll miss the most, just being around our family bond.

PJF: Just having a schedule. Knowing what's going on and what's coming next.  And of course I'll miss all of my teammates and I'll definitely miss getting to know the new coaches this year. Having to start over and make new and more friends to hang out with in a new place is tough. I'm from here though (Blythewood) so if I come back (after my internship) I'll still see them. But if I don't come back, I'll miss them a lot. I'll miss the competition. You're never going to get competition like this anymore.



BL: What advice would you leave for some of your younger teammates?

LM: Work hard in school and on the field. Get ahead on the field as much you can. Any extra preparation and practice is what keeps you ahead in the game.

AC: Don't take a day for granted because it goes by so fast. Before you know it you'll be sitting here answering these questions and you'll be wondering, "where did the time go?" So just don't take anything for granted and enjoy every moment of it.  

AB: Go all out. You never know when it's going to be your last so you should give it your all.

PJF: It may be cheesy, but you can't take the time for granted. I know my freshman and sophomore year I said, "well, there's always next year," but there's really not always next year. They've got to just take the time they have right now and just play it and do what they have to do at the time. Don't waste it.



BL: What is your favorite place on campus?

LM: Carolina Café! Best bagels in town!

AC: My favorite place is definitely the Horseshoe by far. I'm a History major and it holds a lot of historical meaning. I've learned a lot about that and I love being there.

AB: Probably the Horseshoe because it's such a relaxing, open area. It's really beautiful there.

PJF: Besides the field? (BL: It can be the field!) Well, it's changed over the years, it would have to be the field. Freshman year it would've been Russell House, but now definitely the field.  



BL: What have you learned or what's the biggest difference for you now as a senior vs. when  you were a freshman?

LM: When I was a freshman I was all over the place. I had teammates directing me on the field, I wasn't sure where to go all the time, unsure of the systems. But now I have it down pat and I'm confident in myself and my abilities. I know what I can do, on and off the field. Time has shown me and proven what I can do.  

AC: I really think you just grow up. Becoming an adult, having responsibility, thinking about the rest of your life and making decisions to better your future. You step on campus your first day as a freshman and you never think about those things and then four years later it's, "oh my gosh, what am I going to do with my life?" so the biggest change for me is just growing up and becoming an adult.

AB: Growing up and being mature. Filling your shoes in your role on the team. You have a little more room to make mistakes as a freshman.

PJF: You just learn to take charge and do what you need to do. Like freshman year I remember being terrified on this field with everyone being older than me and playing in the SEC. I had to learn that you're not playing against the name on the other team's jersey. It may be Florida but we can hang with these people. Being a senior you've played them a few times and you know you can handle it.  



BL: What are your plans for after graduation?

LM: I have a few options right now. I could stay for grad school.  I could get a job here in the Criminal Justice department, Terry Cousins has been working with me on that. Or I could go home to Florida and get a job there, be close to my mom and my nephew. Either way it will be a good situation.

AC: I'm going to grad school here at USC. That starts in June so I'll have a month off and then school starts back all summer. It's a one-year program. I'm going to be the grad assistant for the team next year so I'll still be around. I think I'll really enjoy that side of being part of the team. My master's will be in teaching social studies, tying the teaching and history together to become a teacher and coach one day. I'm happy to be able to give back to this team that has blessed me so much.

AB: I haven't really decided yet! Hopefully find a job somewhere! I don't know if I want to get into psychology or coaching or something along those lines. My family wants me to go home but I don't really want to [laughing].

PJF: I'll be leaving June 5th to go to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a summer internship with Triple Crown Sports then I will graduate in August. It will be fun. After that I really want to come home. I know Colorado is pretty but I'll miss the South. If I get a job offer somewhere else I'll take it though, I'm not afraid of traveling and being somewhere else. Just maybe not up north, it's a little chilly up there [laughing].  


Good luck to all our seniors. Once a Gamecock, always a Gamecock! 

- Brittany

Baseball & Softball TV Information for this Weekend

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
This weekend we have #2 Baseball vs. Auburn and Softball vs. #5/7 Florida. If you can't make it out to Carolina Stadium or Beckham Field, five of the six games will be televised. For radio all three baseball games are also available on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network or GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium). Audio for all three softball games is also available on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.


Friday, April 29th

Softball vs. Florida - 7:00 PM
No TV

Baseball vs. Auburn - 7:00 PM
TV: SportSouth


Saturday, April 30th

Softball vs. Florida - 2:00 PM - *Senior Day*
TV: Fox Sports Florida

Baseball vs. Auburn - 7:00 PM
TV: SportSouth


Sunday, May 1st

Softball vs. Florida - 12:00 PM
TV: SportSouth

Baseball vs. Auburn - 3:00 PM
TV: ESPN


If you can't make it to a TV you can also follow @GamecockSoftbll and @GamecockBasebll on Twitter for in-game updates.



Here are the current channel listings we have on file for SportSouth:

Time Warner Cable

Columbia, SC Channel 21
Florence, SC Channel 65
Myrtle Beach, SC Channel 45
Summerville (Charleston), SC Channel 21
DirecTV Channel 649
Dish Channel 437
AT&T Uverse Channel 728/729
Charter Cable Channel 35


THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY

Baseball will play at 1:00 PM tomorrow vs. Liberty in a make-up game for the March 9th Davidson game canceled due to rain. Tickets for the game are available at GamecocksOnline.com or fans can use their tickets from the Davidson game to gain entry. It's also $1 Hot Dog Day at Carolina Stadium so why not take a late lunch and catch a little baseball? The Gamecocks will also be at home this weekend for a three-game series vs. SEC West opponent Auburn with 7:00 PM games on Friday and Saturday and a 3:00 PM first pitch on Sunday.  Softball also hosts a three-game series this weekend, facing off against #9 Florida. Saturday's game at 2:00 PM will be Senior Day so get there early to help give our seniors a great send-off!


Christian Walker.jpegChristian Walker was named SEC Player of the Week after batting .909 (10-for-11) at Mississippi State this weekend, including four RBI in the rubber game, a 13-4 victory.



Tuesday, April 26


Baseball vs. Liberty - 1:00 PM
*$1 Hot Dogs*


Friday, April 29th

Softball vs. Florida - 7:00 PM
*Kid's Day - Coloring, Pictures with Cocky, Face Tattoos, Bat Give-Away*
*Inflatable Bounce House*


Baseball vs. Auburn - 7:00 PM


Saturday, April 30th

Softball vs. Florida - 2:00 PM
*Senior Day - We will be recognizing seniors pre-game*
*Inflatable Bounce House*


Baseball vs. Auburn - 7:00 PM
*Check out our Auctions page to bid on an experience at this game that includes a pre-game facility tour and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field.


Sunday, May 1st


Softball vs. Florida - 12:00 PM
*Kids Run the Bases*
*Inflatable Bounce House*


Baseball vs. Auburn - 3:00 PM



See y'all there! Go Gamecocks!

-Brittany

StriKe Out Cancer Today at Softball

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Today's Softball game vs. Charlotte is our StriKe Out Cancer awareness event. The first 250 fans will receive the free rally towel shown below. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink! First pitch is set for 6:00 PM at Beckham Field.

IMG_2055.JPG
The Gamecocks have beaten the 49ers once this season already, a 6-0 victory back on February 23rd in Charlotte. South Carolina put together 11 hits on the day, including a 3-for-4 outing from sophomore right fielder Hannah Milks.

Read more notes about today's match-up here.


See you tonight and go Gamecocks!!

- Brittany

This Week's Home Events: Softball Hosts Five Games

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
THIS WEEK IN GAMECOCK COUNTRY...

South Carolina Softball leads the way in Columbia this week with five home games. The Gamecocks will host two non-conference opponents from North Carolina this week, facing N.C. State on Tuesday at 5:00 PM and Charlotte on Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Wednesday's game vs. Charlotte will be our "Strike Out Cancer" day. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and the first 250 fans in attendance will receive a Strike Out Cancer rally towel. The week concludes with a three-game SEC series vs. Kentucky, highlighted by $1 admission to Friday's game and an Easter egg hunt on Sunday.


Thumbnail image for softball-travis bell.jpeg

















Tuesday, April 19th


Softball vs. N.C. State - 5:00 PM
*Inflatable Bounce House*


Wednesday, April 20th

Softball vs. Charlotte -6:00 PM
*Strike Out Cancer*
*First 250 Fans receive a Strike Out Cancer Rally Towel*
*Inflatable Bounce House*



Friday, April 22nd

Softball vs. Kentucky - 7:00 PM
*$1 Admission!*
*Inflatable Bounce House*



Saturday, April 23rd

Softball vs. Kentucky - 4:00 PM
*Inflatable Bounce House*


Sunday, April 24th

Softball vs. Kentucky - 1:00 PM
*Easter Egg Hunt*
*Kid's Run the Bases after the game*
*Inflatable Bounce House*


Interested in the t-shirts the Softball team wears? Click here.


Gamecocks on the road this week:

Baseball plays at College of Charleston on Tuesday (6:00 PM) and at Mississippi State in a three-game series this weekend:
Friday - 8:00 PM - ESPNU
Saturday -  7:00 PM - SportSouth
Sunday - 2:30 PM - No TV


Men's and Women's Tennis travel to Gainesville, FL, and Knoxville, TN, respectively for their SEC Tournaments.


Go Gamecocks!

Where to Watch Baseball and Softball on TV This Weekend

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks
Your Gamecock Baseball and Softball squads will both be on TV this weekend for those who can't watch in person!

Softball @ Arkansas Series Notes

Baseball vs. Vanderbilt Series Notes


Saturday, April 16th


Softball @ Arkansas - 1:00 PM - SportSouth, ESPN3.com (subject to blackout in SEC markets)

Baseball vs. Vanderbilt - 7:00 PM - CSS, ESPN3.com



Sunday, April 17th

Baseball vs. Vanderbilt - 1:00 PM - ESPN2, ESPN3.com

Softball @ Arkansas - 3:00 PM - ESPNU



Both teams also play on Friday night, but neither game is televised. Live audio is available for all games on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access. All three baseball games will also be available via radio on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network.


Molly Brossart.jpegMolly Brossart

Tune in and cheer on your Gamecocks!

Where to Find the Gamecocks on TV This Week

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks
TONIGHT:

Baseball vs. College of Charleston - 7:00 PM, SportSouth


Saturday, March 26

Softball @ Tennessee - 12:30 PM, SportSouth

Baseball @ Florida - 7:00 PM, Fox Sports Florida


Sunday, March 27

Baseball @ Florida - 1:00 PM, Sun Sports


SportSouth Channels:
Time Warner Cable    
Columbia, SC    Channel 21
Florence, SC    Channel 65
Myrtle Beach, SC    Channel 45
Summerville (Charleston), SC    Channel 21
DirecTV              Channel 649
Dish                     Channel 437
AT&T Uverse     Channel 728/729
Charter Cable    Channel 35

For more television listings and channel information, click here.

For home baseball games that are not televised, you can watch live video using GamecocksOnline.com All-Access (Premium). The Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio broadcast is also available on All-Access for away games. There is a free audio broadcast for all of our Softball games on GamecocksOnline.com All-Access.

Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane

This Saturday we'll have a great Union County contingent of fans at Softball vs. Ole Miss (Game time: 2:00 PM). The Union County chapter of the Gamecock Club has "adopted" Softball as part of our Gamecock Club Chapter Team Adoption program. The program, started last May, helps provide dedicated support to several of our athletic teams. There are 59 Gamecock Club chapters and each sport has at least two sponsor chapters.

The Union County group this weekend will consist of several chapter board members as well as a youth softball team from the county. They'll be tailgating pre-game then cheering on the Gamecocks in the stands at Beckham Field. After the game, Head Coach Beverly Smith will speak to the youth team, answer questions, etc.

Chapters attend an event of their adopted sport at least once per year and occasionally do other events or provide other help and support to the team, while the team makes a visit to their sponsor chapters. This past fall, our Dallas, Texas, and Eastern North Carolina chapters donated meals for the Men's Soccer team. Gamecock Club chapters also made it possible for Carolina students to attend last year's Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament games and this year's Men's Soccer NCAA Tournament games for free, tickets our student fans would have otherwise had to pay for.

Thank you to all Gamecock Club members for your continued support of all our athletic teams and I look forward to seeing the Union County folks on Saturday!

Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane

Want more info or want to get involved with the local Gamecock Club Chapter in your area? Click here for lists of chapters both in-state and out-of-state and contact your chapter president. 
The walk-up song, at-bat music, intro song, etc., it goes by many names in the baseball and softball worlds, but the music that plays when a batter walks up to the plate or a pitcher heads to the mound has become a storied part of the game. The music may seem like a small detail, as it's just a snippet of a song, yet our Baseball and Softball players often agonize over their song choice for weeks, even months, and fans pay close attention. Last week I posted on our Facebook page asking fans what their walk-up song would be if they played for the Gamecocks and almost 100 people had one to share. A walk-up song represents you in front of the entire stadium and usually reflects your personality or musical taste, so the choice is understandably a big decision. Add in wanting something meaningful AND original and it can be a daunting task. "It takes me forever," said senior pitcher Jose Mata. "I probably had four or five different choices before deciding. I found one finally just a few days before it was due." The Miami native has since decided to revert back to his song from last year, "Shut It Down" by Pitbull featuring Akon.  On the other end of the spectrum, junior Molly Brossart said her choice, "Number One" by Nelly, was an easy pick because, well, she's number one. "I think Adele [Adele Voigt, who wore #1 last year] used it last year so I guess it's tradition now," said Brossart. "I'll pass the tradition on to the next #1 when I leave."

Others turn to teammates and family members for help. Freshman pitcher Julie Sarratt, who is off to a great start this season having pitched two shutouts including one no-hitter, intrigued me with her choice of Britney Spears' "Circus" for her pitching intro song. As it turns out, she decided on it with a senior teammate's help. "I thought of it the night before I had to turn my song in. Ashley [Chastain] had that song two years ago. She showed it to me and it was perfect so she handed it down to me." The song fits a pitcher perfectly as the chorus begins, "all eyes on me in the center of the ring..." The concept of a walk-up song was new to Hannah Milks as a freshman last year since they didn't use them at her high school. She turned to her stepbrother for help and her song, "Big Poppa" by Notorious BIG, was such a hit she kept it for this year. "I like to do things a little out of the norm. I knew I wanted an instrumental. That one just flowed. It's old school, I didn't think anyone else would have it." That a song from just 1995 is now considered "old school" is a topic for another post! Ha!

"Old school" would continue to be a theme among many of the Softball players' choices. Evan Childs' song "S.C.O.M" by Fort Minor featuring Juelz Santana samples the Guns N' Roses classic, "Sweet Child O' Mine" at the beginning. "It was old school but new school at the same time," said Childs. "I think that's really cool. I've never heard anyone else with this batting song so I thought it was original. If you see me in the box I'm usually singing it." Samie Garcia said she decided to go old school with AC/DC's "TNT" after many of her teammates chose hip hop songs and she wanted to be different with some rock n' roll. Garcia's choice caught on as a favorite among her teammates who even sing it for her when she comes up to bat on the road. But of all the answers to "which teammate's song is your favorite?", none was more loved than Lauren Lackey's choice of "Warp 1.9", a techno song by Bloody Beetroots that energizes the entire team. "It's exciting, fans get into it," says Childs. "We fist pump like champs when we hear it." Lackey explained, "it's something different. Everyone likes to have the upbeat rap songs. I just thought nobody would have heard of it, my little brother actually told me about it. It pumped me up so I chose it." Molly Brossart agreed, "that's our fist pumping song. Gets the whole dugout pumped!" We'll have to wait until Softball's next home stand (this weekend, March 11-13 vs. Ole Miss) to see if the crowd gets in on the fist pumping action with the team, but it's only a matter of time.

Fans will also have their favorites of course and certain songs lend themselves well to fan participation and interaction. Pitcher Michael Roth explained, "we're trying to get some fan involvement, makes for a great baseball environment."  Roth is definitely right; I'll always remember the entire Sarge Frye crowd joyously clapping along to John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" whenever Justin Smoak came to bat a few years ago. This year, Christian Walker's use of the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song has been a fan and team favorite at Carolina Stadium. "The guys were all laughing and a few of my friends here for the first game told me all the fans were talking about it," said Walker. Amusingly enough, the catchy Will Smith tune wasn't even Walker's first choice. Players submit their song choices and student manager Ryan Fischer, Marketing Assistant Darren Uscher, and Director of Baseball Operations Kyle Lipsey work together with the players and coaches to make sure all the players' choices will work as intro songs. When Walker's first choice wasn't available, they suggested the Fresh Prince tune because it was fun and includes a mention of Philadelphia, Walker's home stomping ground. At last Friday's home game vs. Clemson, both the dugout and bullpen did a back and forth arm wave (a la Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" wave from the same era, which would be another great walk-up song... hint, hint). There are a few other songs and moments throughout the game where the team has a gesture or dance going, so keep an eye on the dugout!

Other fan favorite song choices for Baseball include those made by Michael Roth and Scott Wingo. Roth (pictured below) chose "Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche as his pitching intro and the theme song from the movie Bruno as his hitting song. "A friend showed me the Bruno theme song. I like techno and me and Ryan [Fischer] were like 'YES, this is definitely it'. Ryan listened to it over the sound system," explained Roth. "I like something different, it's a good song. I just try to keep it to my personality. A walk up/intro song should be who you are as a person and I feel like that explains me pretty well, I'm just different."

Michael Roth.jpeg 

Fans and teammates still talk about Wingo's choice last year of "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire and this year he didn't disappoint with his choice of Montell Jordan's '90s chart-topper "This Is How We Do It". He then debuted a poignant new choice vs. Clemson last Friday, Lil Wayne's "Stuntin Like My Daddy". Wingo's father, Bill, was an All-ACC baseball player at Clemson. Even with his own unique choices, Wingo says one of the best he's ever heard came from an opposing player who stood just 5'5" and came to the plate to the sounds of Too Short's "I Wish", which starts out "I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller..." Reasons for favorites can vary widely. Strength & Conditioning Coach Billy Anderson says his favorite is Adam Matthews' choice of "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean because it's his kids' favorite and they always sing along. Assistant Director of Media Relations and Baseball SID Andrew Kitick loves Tyler Webb's pitching song choice, "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones, for its baseball/pitching reference (not to mention black being one of our school colors). Another team favorite is Hialeah/Miami native Adrian Morales' use of "Welcome to Miami" by Will Smith. Roth explains, "I think it's good when they have meaning."

As Roth, Wingo, Morales and others demonstrate, a walk-up song is often a personal message. Volunteer assistant softball coach Chrissy Schoonmaker chose a very meaningful song for her senior season in 2008. Schoonmaker played for the Gamecocks from 2004-06 before suffering a fractured cervical vertebra in a car accident. She triumphantly returned to play in 2008 where she was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. Her song that season was Kanye West's "Stronger" because of her "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" attitude.

Freshman Drake Thomason found an opportunity with his walk-up song to put talent to good use. He created his own song by piecing together clips and beats from other songs, even working his own name into the song using clips from pop singer Drake. "I started messing around with it. My brother and I have messed around with music before so I know I could do something like that, figured I'd make something about me.  I tried a bunch of stuff and played around with about 10 different songs before deciding."

Another interesting note: "Sandstorm" has only recently taken on a life of its own as a popular anthem for the Gamecocks, but back in 2002 pitcher Blake Taylor used it as his intro song coming to the mound at Sarge Frye. Taylor, perhaps best remembered by fans for his complete game performance to win the final NCAA Regional game vs. North Carolina in 2002, can still be seen today on our videoboard at Carolina Stadium during games as part of his current job with Southern First Bank here in Columbia.

The stories behind these songs go on and on in both baseball and softball. Each team has their special and meaningful ones and fans will always have their favorites. They can pump up the crowd, energize a dugout, or even intimidate an opposing team. So listen up this weekend as both Baseball and Softball play three-game home series and let us know your favorites!!

Writing this post of course got me thinking what I would choose as a walk-up song. So after much deliberation I settled on "Oops, I Did It Again" by Britney Spears, and not just for the name similarity, but because I have a knack for striking out (I might hold the rec league slow-pitch softball record), usually followed by, "Oops." So, what's your story? What would you choose?

- Brittany Lane


Been wondering at the games what song you're hearing? Check out the lists below and let us know your favorites in the comments!

Baseball's Songs:

3    Adrian Morales                        Will Smith-Welcome To  Miami    
4    Robert Beary                            P.O.D-Alive    
5    Patrick Harrington                    T.I.-Pledge Allegiance To The Swag    
6    Peter Mooney                           JT Money-Hit Em High, Hit Em Low    
7    Richard Royal                           Newsboys-Born Again    
8    Scott Wingo                              Montell Jordan-This Is How We Do It   
                                                         Lil Wayne - Stuntin Like My Daddy
9    Steven Neff                               Eric Church-Lotta Boot Left To Fill    
10  Drake Thomason                     Made His Own Mash-Up    
11  Will Casey                                Kid Rock-Warrior    
13  Christian Walker                      Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Theme Song    
14  John Taylor                               Breaking Benjamin-Lights Out    
17  Jose Mata                                 Pitbull feat. Akon-Shut It Down    
18  Dante Rosenberg                    The Outfield-Your Love    
19  Jackie Bradley Jr.                    T.I.- Yeah Ya Know    
20  Jake Watson                            Flux Pavilion-I Can't Stop    
22  Matt Price                                 Price Is Right Theme / Jerimih-My Time    
25  Adam Westmoreland              B.o.B-Don't Let Me Fall    
26  Adam Matthews                       Jason Aldean-My Kinda Party    
27  Forrest Koumas                       Sean Biggs feat. Akon-Never Gonna Get It  
28  Spencer Jordan                       Run DMC-It's Tricky    
29  Michael Roth                            Hitting:Theme From Bruno
                                                         Pitching: La Bouche-Sweetdreams    
30  Erik Payne                                Outkast-Bombs Over Baghdad    
31  Evan Marzilli                             Rick Ross - Maybach Music Part 2
33  Alex Burrell                               Guns-N-Roses-Sweet Child of Mine    
34  Greg Brodzinski                       Trick Daddy ft. Lil Jon -Let's Go    
35  Logan Munson                         Bruce Springsteen-The Rising    
36  Brady Thomas                         Eddie Money-Take Me Home Tonight    
38  Tyler Webb                               The Rolling Stones-Paint It Black    
39  Patrick Sullivan                        Joe Espositio-You're The Best Around    
40  Jake Williams                          Kanye West-Homecoming    
42  DeSean Anderson                  Rick Ross-Speedin Instrumentals    
43  Al Hentz                                    Jason Aldean-Hicktown    
44  Colby Holmes                          Linkin Park-Papercut    
45  Bryan Harper                           Lupe Fiasco-The Show Goes On    

Softball's Songs

1    Molly Brossart                          Nelly - Number One
                                                         Lil Wayne ft. Drake - Right Above It
2    PJ Fulmer                                 Backstreet Boys - Larger than Life
3    Sara Eidt                                  Noo Noo - Aight
                                                         Trick Daddy ft. Lil Jon - Let's Go
4    Lauren Lackey                        Bloody Beetroots -
Warp 1.9
5    Carolynn Bryan                        B.o.B - Bet I Bust
                                                        Big Boi - Kryptonite
6    April Borchardt                        Saliva - Click Click Boom
8    Laura Mendes                         Birdman - I Run This
10  Chelsea Hawkins                    Ya Boy - I Got the Power
11  Evan Childs                             Fort Minor ft. Juelz Santana - S.C.O.M
                                                        Akon ft. Rick Ross - Give it to em
12  Samie Garcia                         AC/DC - TNT
13  Kelley Dillon                            Juelz Santana - Second Coming (Intrumental)
                                                        Skillet -
Comatose
14  Kylie Morin                              The Kid Espi - Oregon Homeboy
                                                        Travis Porter - Bring It Back
16  Sam Arbaugh                          Lil Wayne - 6 Foot 7 Foot (Instrumental)
                                                        The Hives -
Tick Tick Boom
20  Kaitlin Westfall                        T.I. - Yeah You Know
                                                        Chamillionaire - Good Morning
21  Kierstyn White                        Seether - Out of My Way
                                                        Skillet - Rebirthing
22  Jackie Slawson                      Kevin Rudolf - I Made It
                                                        Drake - Forever
23  Julie Sarratt                            Pitching: Britney Spears - Circus
                                                        Hitting: Diddy - Hello, Good Morning
24  Dana Hathorn                         Kanye West - Power
30  Kaela Jackson                        DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat
33  Ashley Chastain                     Ke$ha - We R Who We R
42  Hannah Milks                           Notorious BIG - Big Poppa
80  Audrey Broyles                       Avenged Sevenfold -
Nightmare
82  Kandyce Redondo                 Lil Wayne - On Fire
                                                        Travis Porter - Go Shorty

New Chapter for Softball begins today at 3:00 PM

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
We've been counting down the weeks with our Gamecock Confidential web series and it's finally here. The New Chapter for South Carolina Softball begins today under new head coach Beverly Smith.

This weekend's Palmetto State Showdown tournament hosted at Beckham Field includes four games for Carolina, the first of which is Opening Day today vs. Charleston Southern at 3:00 PM. The Gamecocks play again tomorrow at 10:30 AM vs. Furman and at 12:30 PM vs. Coastal Carolina and wrap up the weekend at 5:00 PM on Sunday vs. USC Upstate.

Season tickets for Softball are just $25 for adults and $10 for youth. Single game prices are $5 for adults and $3 for youth so an adult season ticket will almost pay for itself and a youth season ticket more than pays for itself with just this weekend's line-up of games. Group tickets are just $1 each for 15 or more people. Click here for more ticket info.

Catch the fifth episode of Gamecock Confidential below and if you haven't seen the first four episodes of this unique series, catch up on our YouTube channel.

Go Gamecocks!





New "Gamecock Confidential" series earning praise

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks
"Love love love it!"

That's one reaction on our Facebook page from fan Liz Rother to the new "Gamecock Confidential" series going behind the scenes with South Carolina Softball as they prepare for the 2011 season under new head coach Beverly Smith. Have you seen the series? We'd love to know what you think and hear your feedback. What do you like most? Anything you might want to see more or less of? What do you think of the behind-the-scenes/reality concept in general? Leave a comment here with your thoughts.

More from Facebook:

"Wow, that was awesome. Go get em girls!! From a past player, bring the winning tradition back. Go out there and prove yourselves on the field!! Good luck and we'll be out there supporting you!! GO COCKS!" - Sky Brown Strickland

"I think the series is great! Kudos to the staff for putting together a quality series!" - Andy Aydlett

Episode 1:



Episode 2:
 


Brittany Lane
The Gamecock Softball team sponsored a family in need this Christmas through the "Families Helping Families" program. They all chipped in and took care of Christmas gifts for a mother and her three children, ages twelve, nine, and three. The team shopped in four groups, with each group taking care of one family member. They also gave the family a grocery store gift card so they could enjoy a holiday meal and get other essentials.

After doing their shopping the whole team came together to wrap the gifts as part of their team Christmas party. Head Coach Beverly Smith said she liked that it was something they could do together as a team and that every team member was able to participate.

L1060446.JPG
































L1060451.JPG
































wrapping.JPG
































L1060459.JPG













Merry Christmas from and to Gamecock Softball!

On a personal note, remember to use this time of year to be thankful for your own good fortune, no matter how big or small, and help those in need around you.

Take care and have a wonderful holiday!

Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
Friday night's softball game vs. the National Pro Fastpitch All-Star Team brought out an overflow, standing room only crowd to Beckham Field. The game, part of NPF's "Back to School" Tour, was a great end to South Carolina's fall practices as fans were able to get a sneak peek of this year's squad under new head coach Beverly Smith. Click here to watch a video feature about the game on GamecocksOnline.com.

It was an important night for the sport of softball. I saw and spoke to several young softball players and softball teams in their uniforms in the crowd, all excited about the chance to see their idols play on the pro team as well as watching the hometown girls of SC. As Coach Smith put it, "for them, the dream is alive." Pitcher Cat Osterman was one of the biggest stars of the evening, attracting quite an audience even just warming up to take the mound. Osterman said the Back to School Tour has been a lot of fun for the players and a great way to meet new fans and build awareness for their league. They've had great, boisterous crowds everywhere they've been and, said Osterman, "this one was no different."

Both Coach Smith and the NPF squad praised the crowd and thanked them for their support. Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley mingled with fans throughout the game and even helped toss out t-shirts. Several members of our National Champion Baseball team were also on hand to get a glimpse of the elite playing. As one starstruck player said, "I'm here to see Cat." Little did they know they would end up getting just as much attention. Not only did Gamecock fans encircle the baseball players for autographs, even NPF star pitcher Danielle Lawrie (won a National Championship with University of Washington, 2009 National Player of the Year) sought out College World Series MVP Jackie Bradley, Jr. for a picture.


20101022212309.jpg
Above: Baseball players with Cat Osterman

20101022214835.jpg
Above: Two NCAA Champions: Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Danielle Lawrie 

Both the Gamecocks and NPF graciously stayed on the field for over an hour after the game signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. However, even among superstars, Cocky can always steal the show - our beloved bird was quite popular among picture seekers.

The night set the stage for an exciting and energetic 2011 season for the Gamecocks. See the slideshow below for more photos from the game:
 




- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog
This Friday, South Carolina Softball is taking on the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars team. The NPF All-Stars team is made up of former collegiate stars and Olympians now playing softball professionally. Star pitchers Cat Osterman and Danielle Lawrie will be playing for the NPF squad.

I'm excited a lot of youth club teams from the area are coming to watch because it's a great opportunity for them to watch some elite players in action, as well as talk and take pictures with them after the game during a post-game autograph session with the NPF team and the Gamecocks. The autograph session will start about 10 minutes after the game ends.

For more info about the team and the game you can listen to head coach Beverly Smith tomorrow night on the Carolina Calls radio show, airing live from Wild Wing Cafe in Sandhills. You can listen on 107.5 FM or GamecocksOnline.com.

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog


Softball-Splash-Page4.jpg

Borchardt_041710_4J2A7904.jpg
Softball fans are in for a treat on October 22nd, as the South Carolina softball team will take on the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Star team here in Columbia.

It's a great opportunity for fans to get a preview of the 2011 Gamecocks as well as watch some of the most elite softball players in the country. The NPF team is full of Olympians and former collegiate All-Americans. 

New Gamecocks coach Beverly Smith emphasized what a great opportunity it is for fans and young softball players to see the best of the best. There will also be a post-game autograph session where fans can interact with all the players.




What: South Carolina Softball vs. NPF All-Stars
When: Friday, October 22nd, at 7:00 PM
Where: Beckham Field on the South Carolina campus
Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Youth (17 and under), $1 Groups of 15 or more (Great group activity for softball teams!)


Status of the SEC Appeals to Smith

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
sec.jpgSouth Carolina has hired Beverly Smith to take over as the head softball coach. When learning of the hiring, Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph commented, "South Carolina hit a home run with the hiring of Beverly Smith. It's that simple. Beverly is one of the finest our sport has. The SEC just got that much tougher."

There's no doubt the caliber of the Southeastern Conference played a major role in Coach Smith's decision to take the job.

"I'm looking forward to competing in the SEC," remarked Smith. "The league has established itself as one of the best in the country, and the top teams have proven they will compete for national titles every year. In that environment, every SEC game will feel like an NCAA Tournament matchup."

Here's how great the SEC has become in softball since the league began sponsoring the sport in 1997.

- Ten of the 11 softball-sponsoring schools have made NCAA Tournament appearances, with all 10 making at least once appearance since 2007.

- Six programs have advanced to the Women's College World Series, including the Gamecocks in 1997. In the last two seasons, the SEC has seen three teams make the WCWS each year.

- The league has grabbed nine of the national seeds overall in 2009 and 2010, including five last year. The top overall seed has come from the SEC each year since 2008.

- Nine teams have made top 25 poll appearances since the start of the SEC, while six have made top 10 showings in history.

Joyce Compton comments from her peers

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
DSCF1065.jpgSouth Carolina is five days away from the ending of an era on the field, as softball coach Joyce Compton will coach her final games as a Gamecock at sixth-ranked Florida. Since announcing her retirement on April 17 to her team and alumni, an outpouring of comments on Compton's place in the sport of softball has been collected. While some of those quotes made the official release, more have come in from former players and competitors, including national figures like U.S. Junior National Softball Team coach and former Gamecock All-American Karen Johns and former UCLA head coach Sue Enquist. You can read those on the NCAA.com blog post on Compton's retirement.

Also, Coach Compton was presented a gift basket from Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer prior to the Sunday action in Athens on April 25. Included are some photos courtesy of the University of Georgia Sports Communications Office.

DSCF1068.jpgAnd here are a few more quotes that have come into our offices from more figures across the softball map.

Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly:
"Joyce was one of the pioneers of our game. She has been a wonderful mentor and friend to me since I came into the Southeastern Conference. I will really miss seeing her on the field and competing against her."

Lacy Lee Baker, National Fastpitch Coaches Association Executive Director:
"Joyce has truly been one of the greats of the game for many years, and we'll miss her in the coaching ranks.  An exceptional athlete herself, Joyce has always been a player's coach, with the well-being of her players the primary focus.  Those who have played for her are better for it, which is really what coaching is all about."

Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly:
"Joyce is one of the true legends in our sport. She is a person that I followed early in my Division I career, and someone that I learned a lot from.  She is both a teacher and molder of young women and epitomizes everything good about the sport of softball."

Softball Alumni Weekend

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

It was a memorable day at Beckham Field as twenty-eight softball alumni returned to be recognized in between the Gamecocks' double-header Saturday afternoon against Mississippi State. Each former Gamecock was given a shirt with her old number printed on the back to commemorate the day. Current players joined fans in applauding the alumni during a special recognition ceremony.

The day was described by Nancy Crane, 2000-04 center fielder, as a "very surreal" experience. Crane stated that the day brought back, "a lot of emotional things, and a lot of amazing memories." Danielle Quinones, 1999-03 catcher and third baseman, agreed with her former teammate. "Literally, coming in you can remember a hundred stories from practice, to running, to games. It's like I was here yesterday," said Quinones. Carrie Elliot, 1995-98 catcher, described the day as "bittersweet."

 "I always love to come back and see the people that I played with and the people that coached me and made me the person that I am today. I mean, everybody here, especially Joyce Compton has formed me as a person, as a mom, as a nurse, as a softball player. I'm forever grateful," said Elliot.

The alumni have seen a lot of great changes in the program over the years from the stadium to the uniforms. "They're probably the best dressed team in the country," said Quinones.

Even though Gamecock Softball continues to evolve, the one thing that has affected the alumni the most remains the same - the coach.

"Playing softball for four years under Joyce Compton was the best thing that ever happened to me," said Elliot who was also a member of the 1997 team that won the SEC regular season and tournament championships. Coach Joyce Compton is in her 24th season with the Gamecocks, and continues to be an influential part of her players' lives. "Honestly, playing under Joyce Compton was my favorite memory here," said Quinones.

 

Throwing out the first pitch on Saturday at the Strikeout Cancer event at Beckham Field will be a local leukemia survivor, Hannah Bilton. In February 2006, Hannah's mother Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nine days later, Hannah (five years old at the time) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Cancer of the Blood) at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.



Hannah and her mother Wendy went through the experience together, undergoing chemotheraphy, losing their hair together as well as enduring several blood and platelet transfusions. During her treatments, Hannah had over twenty spinal taps. Now after two years of treatment and surgical procedures, both Hannah and Wendy are healthy and cancer free.

But, to use her father Jason's words, "good things can come out of something so bad." Hannah was chosen as the 2009 South Carolina Children's Miracle Network Champion through the Champions Across America Program. In March of last year, the family traveled to Disney World to attend the annual Children's Miracle Network celebration. Hannah was serenaded by country singer Mark Wills, did a commercial with Hannah Horne and former NFL QB Steve Young, attended a private concert by Julianne Hough and met Miss America Katie Stamm.

The family also traveled to Washington, DC to tour the White House and met with President Obama on the back lawn. After meeting the children, Obama invited them to play on his daughters' new playground. Hannah's sister Savannah ran over to the president to shake his hand, producing this picture that was on national news and made it into a book about the First Family:



After the DC trip, Children's Miracle Network did a fundraiser with Kelloggs and Food Lion and Hannah ended up on the back of a Frosted Flakes Box.

To read more about Hannah's story, you can read the Bilton family's blog here.




    

Gamecocks Strikeout Cancer This Weekend

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
South Carolina's softball team will host its annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend at Beckham Field as the Gamecocks welcome the Tennessee Volunteers to town for a three-game series.

Friday's game starts at 5 p.m. and the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. On Friday, fans will receive free "Go Gamecocks" fan banners (while supplies last). On Saturday, kids in attendance can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. In addition, a silent auction will be held including signed helmets & jerseys from the softball team, as well as balls signed from other Gamecock sports including a basketball signed by Darrin Horn and a pink basketball signed by the women's basketball team and coaching staff. The first pitch on Saturday will be thrown out by leukemia survivor Hannah Bilton. For more on Hannah's story, read here.

K Cancer.jpg 

Catch a Softball Game This Weekend!

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Saturday vs. Auburn - 1pm & 3:15pm:
-Bring Your "A" Game Day: kids who bring a current honor roll report card will get a choose from an assortment of prizes to reward them for their good grades
 
Sunday vs. Auburn - 1pm:
-Dads & Daughters Day: first 100 dads & daughters to arrive will be able to take their picture together after the game
-$1 Hot Dog Day
-Team Autograph Day: autographs after the game

huddle_492.jpg

Compton Earns Win 950 at South Carolina

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks
When Laura Mendes' home run sailed over the wall at Coastal Carolina Softball Field on Wednesday night, it was more than an extra-inning win for the Gamecocks. With that win in the books, head softball coach Joyce Compton earned her 950th win at the helm of the South Carolina softball program.

Only eight other coaches in NCAA history have achieved 950 or more wins at a program. The distinguished list includes JoAnne Graf at Florida State, Margie Wright at Fresno State, Mike Candrea at Arizona, Carol Hutchins at Michigan, Elaine Sortino at Umass, Eugene Lenti at DePaul, Margo Jonker at Central Michigan and Diane Ninemire at California.

Despite achieving such a milestone, Compton was just happy to get a win for the team.

"You get good kids and eventually that sort of thing will happen. I'm not that much into numbers. To me, it was more of a positive that we were able to get a win."

Compton picked her first win as a Gamecock on March 6, 1987 in a 5-0 victory against Baylor in College Station. Over the course of 23 seasons, the Gamecocks have reached the College World Series twice (1989 and 1997), reached an NCAA Super Regional in 2007 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament fifteen times. The Gamecocks were the 2000 SEC Tournament Champions and SEC Eastern Division Champions in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002.

In her overall career as a head softball coach, Compton has won more than 1,100 games and ranks among the top 25 winningest coaches in NCAA history.

Compton said the wins that really stand out to her were the ones that helped prolong the season for the Gamecocks. 

"I think anytime we made the World Series, won the regionals or SEC Tournament Championships or anything that the team really gained something from are really the biggest wins for us," she said.

Over the course of her career at South Carolina, Compton said she's seen the game of college softball change in a number of ways. 

"I think the game's gotten faster," she said. "I think the pitching probably isn't what it was fifteen or twenty years ago. It was more a pitching-dominated game then. The equpiment has made drastic changes that have helped hitters for sure. The athletes are probably better conditioned and probably coming to us with more experience."

Compton said she never got too involved with the numbers and always believed in the importance of competing hard.

"As a competitior, it's just a win. The most important thing is that you compete. If you compete well, the numbers will take care of themselves."

ComptonJ_0046.gif

Joyce Compton's Milestone Wins

1. 3/6/1987 vs. Baylor in College Station, Texas 5-0
100. 3/28/1989 vs. Charleston Southern, 10-0
200. 3/24/1991 vs. Toledo (game 2), 4-0
300. 3/26/1993 vs. Georgia Tech in Rock Hill, S.C., 9-0
400. 3/27/1995 vs. Toledo (game 2) 9-5
500. 4/5/1997 vs. Tennessee 1-0 (10 inn.) *Note - final game of NCAA record 38-game winning streak
600. 4/23/1999 vs. Georgia, 3-1
700. 3/2/2002 vs. Missouri in Plant City, Fla., 6-0 *Note - over her first Division I employer
800. 4/21/2004 vs. Furman, 8-2
900. 2/13/2008 vs. Western Carolina, 3-0
950. 3/24/2010 at Coastal Carolina, 3-1 (10 inn.)

Know a (Softball) Gamecock: Kierstyn White

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Sophomore pitcher Kierstyn White is today's Know a Gamecock feature. During her high school career at Irmo, she compiled 1,287 strikeouts with a 0.47 ERA during her high school career and was named the region's AAAA Player of the Year in her senior season. In her freshman season at South Carolina, White was 9-4 with a 2.69 ERA and 45 strikeouts. She is planning to major in civil engineering.

Kierstyn-White.gif

What is your greatest achievement?

Probably getting a win against Alabama in the series last year.

Do you have a personal motto?

Just give 110% all the time because it will do nothing but make you better.

Who are three people you would like to meet or hang out with?

Brad Paisley, Jennie Finch, and I'll go with Patrick Dempsey.

White-Meet.gif
What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my blanket. My sister made it for me when I was in high school, and I take it everywhere I go.

What is your favorite restaurant?

Outback. Definitely. [Editor: What do you get there?] I get the Outback Special every time I go. I never have anything different.

What are the last three songs you listened to?

"Tick Tock" was one of them. "Favorite Girl" by Justin Bieber, and "White Liar" by Miranda Lambert.

What is your favorite move?

The Proposal - see trailer below:

The Gamecock softball team is in action Wednesday night in a doubleheader against Arkansas at Beckham Field. First game starts at 4 p.m. with the second game scheduled to begin around 6:15 PM.

It's also Garnet, Black & Green Night at Beckham Field as fans who bring in a recyclable item (plastic, aluminum, paper, not glass though) will receive a free reusable grocery bag in exchange.

huddle_492.jpg 

Baseball & Softball Desktop Wallpapers

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Add some Gamecock color to your computer with one of our new desktop wallpapers - we've just added Baseball and Softball.





Know a (Softball) Gamecock: Audrey Broyles

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Today's Know a Gamecock features Gamecock softballer Audrey Broyles. A sophomore pitcher from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Broyles is a right-hander who started 30 games for South Carolina in 2009. She finished her debut season with a 10-12 record, a 2.67 ERA and struck out 130 batters in 144 innings of work. She tossed all nine complete games for the Gamecock staff in 2009.

Broyles_WEB.jpg

What is a talent or power you would like to have?

I think it would be really cool if I had super sonic speed and be able to just run...as fast as a car.

What is your most treasured possession?

I would have to go with my iPod because I always use it at the gym to get me pumped while I'm working out and just when I need to relax I listen to some nice slow tunes.

Who are your three favorite artists or bands?

I love Carrie Underwood, The All-American Rejects, and Taylor Swift

What is your dream job?

That's a tough question because I have no idea what I want to do, but I think it would be really cool to work somewhere tropical and exotic. I'm in the hotel, restaurant, tourism, management business, so I think just somewhere like paradise, like Hawaii or something like that...managing or something along those lines would be cool.

What is one place you want to visit before you die?

I would love to visit Australia. I think the animals are so unique and different from what we have over here, so it would be cool to see that. It just seems really beautiful.

What is your favorite restaurant?

Mellow Mushroom is awesome. [Editor: What do you get there?] I just get pepperoni pizza; it's amazing.


Softball Blog: Briana Hamilton

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Freshman infielder Briana Hamilton writes the final softball blog of the preseason as she talks about her excitement leading up to finally starting the 2010 season. Click here to read.

Know a Gamecock: Kandyce Redondo

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Today's Know a Gamecock features softball sophomore Kandyce Redondo. An electronic journalism major from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Redondo chose chose South Carolina over Florida Atlantic, UCF, North Florida and Jacksonville University.


What is your perfect meal?
Pasta. Just plain noodles, no sauce. Nothing, just plain white pasta.

If you could go anywhere before you die where would you go?
I would want to go to Africa and do a safari.

Name a few people you would like to hang out with.
Bob Marley and all of The Beatles.

What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Breaking Dawn. From the Twilight Saga, the last one.

What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie...of all time....I would have to say Drop Dead Fred. It's really funny. 

Who are your three favorite musical artists or bands?
Bob Marley, The Beatles, and I'll go with Lil' Wayne...mix it up a little.

Do you have a personal motto?
No worries. Love life.

If you could change one thing, what would you change?
I'd have to say, I'd like to be a little...about two inches taller. Two inches.

Know a Gamecock: P.J. Fulmer

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Softball season starts on Friday as the Gamecocks host College of Charleston at Beckham Field at 5 p.m. so today's Know a Gamecock features Gamecock junior catcher P.J. Fulmer. A sport and entertainment major from Blythewood, Fulmer started 30 games behind the plate last season for South Carolina.

What is a talent you would like to have?
I would love to be able to sing or dance. You always see those kids at school, like you were automatically popular if you could dance or sing...do a back flip or something like that.

Name two people you would like to hang out with.
I'd love to hang out with Pudge Rodriguez. Pudge is my favorite baseball player ever, and I don't know, maybe Eva Longoria.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is just something with sports. That's one of the only things that really just keeps me interested all the time. I'm always watching Sports Center. I mean, it would be cool to work with ESPN, but I don't want to be the media or a journalist.

What is your personal motto?
Work hard. Everyday. Like it's your last. I mean, everything in life is going to happen for a reason, you just have to work for it.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Before every game Audrey and I always go up to the bullpen, even if she's not pitching that game or warming up. I'll stand on the home plate with my feet on both sides, and we play...I don't even know what it's called...but it's like slap-hands, and you do it five times through. If we win, we do that again, if we don't, we change the number.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three things you would have with you?
My cell phone, a bunch of food, and probably a TV; I need some sort of entertainment. If I could bring a friend instead of a TV, that might work too.

What is the last song you heard on your ipod?
Probably some Britney Spears song, I think. I think "I'm a Slave for You" is the last thing that came on; I was walking to class.

What is your greatest fear?
Heights. I cry on roller coasters.

Softball Preview at SECSports.com

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

With softball season just a week away, SECSports.com has a preview of South Carolina up on their website now featuring video from Head Coach Joyce Compton. Click here to watch.

The Gamecocks open their season at Beckham Field on Friday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. versus College of Charleston. You can reserve a chairback seat for the season for just $25. Visit GamecocksOnline.com or call 800-4SC-FANS to order.

Softball Blog: Kaitlin Westfall

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Check out the latest post on the South Carolina Softball blog by sophomore outfielder Kaitlin Westfall. She talks about some of the things the team has done to get ready to start the season.