Former Gamecock softball player Adrianna Baggetta is in her sixth year as an assistant coach. Baggetta served as the volunteer coach in 2003 and was promoted to assistant coach in July 2003. Baggetta assists in all aspects of coaching and works primarily with the outfielders and catchers. She also assists with recruiting.
"It is good for the program to have a former player as a member of our staff," said head coach Joyce Compton. "Her knowledge of the game and of the University as both a player and a coach are valuable to the program."
Since joining the coaching staff, Baggetta has helped tutor players like McKenna Hughes to high honors. A utility player earlier in her career, Hughes played all 64 games behind the plate in 2007. Hughes also flourished at the plate, setting a program record with 12 homers in one season. For her efforts, Hughes picked up SEC All-Tournament Team honors and first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District accolades.
As a player, the Chantilly, Va., native was named to the 2002 All-SEC second team and the 2002 SEC All-Tournament team. Baggetta played infield, outfield and catcher during her career. In 2002, she led the team in hitting with a .353 average, tied for home runs with six and led in slugging percentage with .573. Against Tennessee in 2002, she became the fourth player in Gamecock history to hit two home runs in a single game.
Baggetta also closed out her career ranked 10th on Carolina's all-time list for walks with 52. She still stands in the top 10 in Gamecock history in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and hit-by-pitches. Baggetta graduated from the University of South Carolina in Dec. 2002 with a degree in sport and entertainment management and a minor in business administration.
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