2014 (SOPHOMORE): Started 29 games, including at least four in all three outfield spots, while playing in 43 games ... Most of her starts came in left ... Led the Gamecocks in stolen bases, swiping nine bags on the year ... In her first start, went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a run and a stolen base in the win over Presbyterian (2/8) ... At Charlotte (2/19), she went 2-for-3 with her second career homer, a grand slam, in the victory ... Also went 2-for-3 as the designated player in the win over UNC Wilmington (2/23) ... Collected two-hit days at Tennessee (3/23), in the second game against Furman (3/25) and vs. Campbell (4/8) ... In the Longwood win (4/25), went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base ... In the NCAA Tournament triumph over Fordham (5/17), she posted a 2-for-2 outing with a run scored and two RBI ... A member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
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 ... Scored 16 runs and went 5-for-7 in the stolen-base category ... 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 ... A member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
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.