Seven-run fifth, with six coming with two outs, snaps SC's losing streak
In relief, Nickie Blue picks up her eighth win
The sophomore, in her first career start, scored both Gamecock runs
Gamecock pitching now has 29-inning scoreless streak
Gamecocks bring 7-2 mark into their second home tourney
Shots from the Gamecocks' 6-3 game-one win over Western Carolina on Tues., Feb. 25
Snapshots of the Gamecocks' 13-0 win over UNC Greensboro during the 2014 Carolina Classic
Shots from the final game of the first series at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
Shots from the Saturday game of the series against No. 4/6 Alabama
2013 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 37 games, drawing 12 starts ... Of those starts, 11 came as the designated player and one came in center field ... That lone fielding start came in the game-one win at Auburn (4/19), scoring a run in the flex spot ... Hit .321 on the year, including a .400 mark as a pinch hitter ... Drove in nine runs, with all of them coming with runners in scoring position and two outs ... One of those came in a pinch-hitting appearance against Charleston Southern (2/24), posting a grand slam in the 17-3 win ... The grand slam came after she tried to call time on the same pitch ... Went 3-for-3 in the second game at Furman (3/13) as the designated player ... Went 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter in the first win over Charlotte (4/24), doubling in her first plate appearance before driving in a run with an infield single in her second ... Scored 16 runs and went 5-for-7 in the stolen-base category.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letter-winner in softball for coach Teresa Alexander at Wilson Hall ... Helped the Barons to the South Carolina Independent School Association 3A quarterfinals and a share of the conference title in 2012 ... Hit .652 as a senior, scoring 43 runs and stealing 21 bases ... Named 2012 SCISA Softball Player of the Year ... Hit 25 homers over her last three years at Wilson Hall ... Four-time all-region and all-state member in SCISA as selected by the High School Sports Report (HSSR) ... Two-time region MVP ... Played travel ball with the Southern Force ... Also earned four letters in both basketball and track at Wilson Hall and three in volleyball ... Three-time team MVP and all-region and all-state member in basketball ... Scored 1,959 points in her career on the hardwood ... Owns the Wilson Hall record in the 400-meter dash at 60.3 ... Two-time state champion in shot put and a member of the winning 4x100m relay team, coached by her mother Stacy ... Earned SCISA's Bill Simpson Female Athlete of the Year award in 2012 ... A WLTX Player of the Week who also was a state finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman and Gatorade Player of the Year.
PERSONAL: Ansley Wells Ard is the daughter of Mark and Stacy Ard ... Has one brother, Walker ... Considered signing with Georgia before committing to South Carolina ... Lists Jennie Finch as her favorite athlete ... Says her high school softball coach Teresa Alexander was her biggest influence in softball ... Her greatest athletic thrill was hitting a home run in the Colorado Independence Tournament Championship ... Majoring in exercise science and wants to become a physical therapist.