2017 (FRESHMAN): A two-way player for the Gamecocks who made 17 starts and 25 appearances in the circle while also taking 34 at-bats … Posted a 3.53 ERA and a 7-4 record as a rookie … Struck out a season-best six while tossing a one-hitter in her collegiate debut against Presbyterian (2/10) … Posted her first-career hit and got the win in the first game against Indiana (2/17) in Texas … Tallied the win with a six-inning shutout of the Hoosiers (3/4), scattering four hits and two walks … Posted the win with 4.2 innings of work against USC Upstate (3/15) … Also had a hit against the Spartans … Slayed No. 1/2 Florida State (4/14), getting the win in the circle with five innings of work while also posting a pair of doubles against the Seminoles … Added a hit and her first career walk in the start at designated player against the ‘Noles on Saturday (4/15) … Named SEC Freshman of the Week after the work against the nation’s No. 1 team … Concluded her season-best three-game hit streak with a hit and a run against Charleston Southern (4/18) … Also got the win in the circle with five innings of work, giving up just one run … Battled No. 7/7 Auburn, scattering five hits, three walks and two runs, one earned, in the Friday night setback (4/21) … Picked up the win in the NCAA Tucson Regional opener against St. Francis (5/19), giving up two unearned runs in the five-inning complete game … Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned six letters at Hartsville HS ... Earned six All-America notations from MaxPreps, including making their Medium Schools list in both 2015 and 2016 ... Her top honors from MaxPreps came in 2013, as the outlet named her its Freshman of the Year, as well as in 2015, when she made the overall second team as well as the junior listing ... Three times, she gained South Carolina's Gatorade Player of the Year honor ... A five-time SC Coaches of Women's Sports All-State performer ... Won two state titles with the Red Foxes, in 2012 and 2016 ... As a senior, she went 20-2 with a 0.42 ERA in 130 innings, striking out 204 in the circle while hitting .500 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI ... As a junior, she went 21-3 with a 0.68 ERA to go with a .635 batting average, 14 homers and 62 RBI ... Earned all-region honors six times ... Played for the NC Lightning travel-ball team after previously working with the Carolina Elite group.
PERSONAL: Cayla Nicole Drotar is the daughter of Timmy and Tammy Drotar ... Her nickname is "KK" ... Has one younger brother, Josh ... Chose South Carolina over Alabama, Georgia and Florida because she loved the coaches and grew up as a Gamecock fan ... Lists Derek Jeter as her favorite athlete and Tim McGraw as her favorite singer ... Majoring in psychology.