Picture evidence of the Gamecocks' 5-1 win over Houston to advance to the championship round of the Austin Regional
Shots from the Gamecocks' 6-3 win over No. 18/15 Kentucky in the first round of the 2013 SEC Softball Tournament
Shots from the first night of play at the new Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
A two-time national champion player, assistant coach Calvin Beamon works with the Gamecock hitters and outfielders in his third year at South Carolina.
In his first three years, the Gamecock offense has set 11 new team single-season records under Beamon's guidance, including six in 2013. South Carolina set new marks in runs (338), home runs (45), RBI (295), slugging percentage (.450), hit-by-pitches (60) and on-base percentage (.384) on the season. It was the second-consecutive year the Gamecocks posted new bests in home runs, slugging and hit-by-pitches.
In the single-season batting top 15s, 27 Gamecocks garnered consideration, including first-team Easton All-America and second-team All-SEC infielder Samie Garcia, who had 12 of those alone. Alaynie Page posted five marks as a freshman, including in runs, home runs and walks, while she also had the second-most putouts for an outfielder in Gamecock history while starting every game in left field.
Over his three years, the Gamecocks' team batting average has jumped to .301 in 2013, only the second team batting average over .300 in team history. In 2012 and 2013, the team posted slugging percentages over .400, matching what the team had done in the first 30 years combined. The three years with on-base percentages over .340 also matches what the squad had done in the first 29 years of recorded stats.
In 2012, Evan Childs tied the individual single-season mark with 11 home runs, while Lauren Lackey became the first Gamecock in over 10 years to post a .400 batting average. Lackey earned first-team All-SEC honors, the first South Carolina softball player to accomplish that since 2003, and she also took a spot on the Easton All-America second team. Kaitlin Westfall led the SEC with 18 doubles, tying the second-most posted by a Gamecock in history, and another duo, Samie Garcia and Chelsea Hawkins, both posting top-10 single-season home run marks.
The 2011 Gamecocks showed massive improvements at the plate after Beamon's arrival, posting a batting average 51 points better than the year prior, an on-base percentage 54 points improved and a slugging percentage 92 points higher. The team improved in every statistical category, scoring 89 more runs and posting 130 more hits. His outfielders also posted 19 assists and were a part of five of the Gamecocks' 26 double plays.
Beamon won two national titles during his collegiate baseball career, first at the College of Southern Nevada as the program won the 2003 NJCAA baseball title before being a part of Texas' 2005 College World Series champs. While at CSN, which plays in a wood-bat conference, Beamon hit .342 with seven doubles and five triples during his freshman season before posting a .295 batting average as a sophomore, stealing 23 bases in 25 attempts.
Starting 24 games for the Longhorns, Beamon hit .253 in 99 at bats, scoring 20 times on the year. He moved back to the Silver State to play his final season at UNLV. During that 2007 season with the Rebels, Beamon got on base at a .375 clip while hitting .298. He also stole 17 bags during his senior season.
Beamon also won a state title at Smokey Hill High School in Cherry Creek, Colo., where he called home.
After college, Beamon played parts of two seasons in professional baseball after signing with the Seattle Mariners. A draftee on three occasions, Beamon was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 2004 MLB Rule IV Draft.
Since retiring from baseball, Beamon taught baseball and softball players of all levels in southern Illinois and the greater St. Louis, Mo., area at Athletix Factory and LSI. He served as an evaluator for USA Baseball's youth teams since focusing on coaching.
Earning his degree at UNLV in 2010, Beamon is engaged to Kristina Diaz, and the couple has a son, Kai.
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