Ten student-athletes garner NFCA Scholar-Athlete accolades
South Carolina ranks second among SEC on this list
Three of South Carolina's four hits come from seniors
The senior hit her third homer of the year, scored three runs and drove in two
2012 (SENIOR): Played in 15 games, starting on Senior Day ... Picked up a pinch hit at Winthrop (3/28) ... Scored seven runs, including the lone run in the start against Auburn (4/29) ... Member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Also garnered recognition on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete listing.
2011 (JUNIOR): Did not play during the season ... Did participate in four of the fall games, going 1-for-6 at the plate ... Earned a spot on the 2011 SEC Softball Community Service team ... Member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Garnered recognition on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Won the SEC Sportsmanship Award for her efforts in sending a card to the Dickenson State University softball team after the death of three players in an automobile accident ... Started 19 games and played in 26 total ... Had two hits on the season while finishing third on the team with four sacrifices ... Scored a career-high three runs while picking up her first career hit in the win over Loyola (2/27) ... Also got a single in the first game at No. 12/10 Georgia (4/24).
2009 (FRESHMAN): Earned a spot on the 2008-09 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll ... Played in 12 games, starting two ... Used mainly as a pinch-runner, with that accounting for eight of her appearances ... Scored two runs in that role, including the tying run in an eight-run fifth in game two against Mississippi (3/18) ... Started in the flex spot, playing second base, at Auburn (3/29) ... Also drew a start in the final game of the LSU series (4/26).
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered for three years at Aiken H.S. ... Earned defensive MVP honors as a senior, while she picked up offensive MVP honors as a junior and sophomore ... Garnered MVP honors in the North/South All-Star Game ... An all-region performer as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Named Aiken's Student-Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Played travel ball with the S.C. Jets ... Earned Marketing Student of the Year ... Won first place at the S.C. DECA competition in sport and entertainment marketing division during both her sophomore and junior years ... Competed at the International DECA Conference and placed in the top 10 ... Also named to the honor roll.
PERSONAL: Samantha Nicole Arbaugh was born in Aiken, S.C., to parents Amy Kirkland and Todd Arbaugh ... Enjoys riding four-wheelers and listening to country music from artists like Taylor Swift ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management ... Served as a member of South Carolina's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.