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 two years, the Gamecock offense has set five new team single-season records under Beamon's guidance, including in 2012, posting new bests in home runs (42), slugging percentage (.443) and hit-by-pitches (39). Evan Childs tied the individual single-season mark with 11 home runs during 2012, 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.
Other individual accomplishments at the plate in 2012 include Kaitlin Westfall's SEC-leading 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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