CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: In two seasons, Borchardt served a valuable role for the Gamecocks in the circle...She finished her career ranking second in South Carolina history with 53 relief appearances...Also stood in a tie for fifth in wild pitches (25).
2011 (SENIOR): Threw in a record 32 games in relief, without making a start...Compiled 74.0 innings, collecting two saves while improving her numbers from a year before when she threw one more frame...Posted a 6-4 record with two saves...Had 10 appearances where she didn't give up a run...That included her first, where she picked up the win in a two-inning relief stint against Charleston Southern (2/11), striking out five...Tallied her first career save with three innings of hitless relief versus Furman (2/12)...Had a save and a win on back-to-back days, closing down the second win over Charleston Southern (4/5) before getting the victory with two innings of scoreless relief against North Carolina (4/6)...Tossed her longest game of the year against Kentucky (4/23), going six innings, giving up two runs, one earned...Hit in three games, providing the Gamecocks the boost in a win over Providence (3/5) with her 2-for-2 effort...Had a triple and four RBI, a career best, in the win.
2010 (JUNIOR): Played in 43 games while starting 39 on the year...Began the season as an outfielder before she was shifted into the circle for the last two-thirds of the year...Hit .224 on the season, fourth on the team, while leading the team with five stolen bases...Had five two-hit games on the year, including in her debut against Coastal Carolina (2/14)...Scored three runs and drove in three more, both career highs, in a 2-for-4 outing against Loyola (Ill.) in the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tourney (2/27)...Compiled the second-longest hitting streak on the team, going six games with a hit from the North Florida game (2/20) in Orlando through the second meeting against Providence (2/28) in Boca Raton, Fla....Went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in the second game against No. 12/10 Georgia (4/24)...Made 28 appearances in the circle, compiling a team-best 4.76 ERA in 75.0 innings of work...Mainly a relief specialist, she went 4-6 on the year...Her best performance came in Joyce Compton's 950th win at South Carolina, as she tossed five innings of scoreless ball against Coastal Carolina (3/24), giving up four hits in the relief win...Picked up her first win in the second game against Longwood (2/16), throwing four shutout innings out of the pen...Also garnered the only win in SEC play, throwing her first complete game of the season against Mississippi State (4/17)...Allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks in the triumph...Followed that with her other complete game on Sunday against the Bulldogs (4/18).
At NW Fla. State (2008-09): Two-time All-Panhandle Conference player for the Raiders...Hit .305 with 33 runs and 17 RBI for the school formerly known as Okaloosa-Walton College...Also had seven triples and three homers during her first year...Tallied a .399 on-base percentage and .353 batting average as a sophomore...Scored 40 runs in 47 games while driving in 23 RBI...Stole four bases in five attempts...Saw time in the circle in her second year, ranking second on the team with 107 innings of work, going 14-4...Tallied a 2.03 ERA with 99 strikeouts compared to 44 walks...Helped the team to the 2009 NJCAA Region 8 finals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned five softball letters for Mona Glass at Prior Lake H.S....A four-year team MVP...Named all-conference for four straight seasons and all-section all five years of playing...Team captain for two years...Also lettered twice in basketball and once in volleyball...Named team MVP and picked up all-conference honors in volleyball, leading the Lakers in aces and digs...Earned the Athena Award.
PERSONAL: April Lynn Borchardt is the daughter of mother, Julie...Has two sisters, Crystal Kemmer and Tiffany Borchardt...Enjoys the beach, camping, hanging out with friends and listening to music...Lists Jenny Finch and Kirby Puckett as her favorite athletes...Wants to be a coach...Graduated in psychology.