South Carolina and Texas meet at 1 p.m. CDT in the first of a possible two championship games
Junior drives in all six runs, including a grand slam, sends Gamecocks to the 12 pm EDT game on Saturday
Senior catcher hits a two-run homer that led to the win; freshman Katie Marks got the victory with 3.2 innings of relief
Seventh-inning homers by juniors Dana Hathorn and Ashlyn Masters leads South Carolina to victory
Kelley Dillon and Alaynie Page get the homers for the Gamecocks
Picture evidence of the Gamecocks' 5-1 win over Houston to advance to the championship round of the Austin Regional
Shots from the winner's bracket game against No. 4 national seed Texas.
Pictures from the game-one win over Houston in the 2013 Austin Regional in the NCAA Softball Tournament
Pictures from South Carolina's SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against No. 4/4 Tennessee
Shots from the Saturday softball contest between the Georgia Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Started 54 of 55 games at second base ... Stood third on the team in doubles (10) while leading the way with seven hit-by-pitches ... Stood fifth in both runs (25) and RBI (24) ... Hit .285, tallying 47 hits, fourth-most on the squad ... Posted 10 RBI in 14 chances with a runner at third and less than two outs, the best success rate on the team ... Had four multi-hit games in her season-opening six-game hitting streak, including a 3-for-4 day against Western Kentucky (2/11) ... Doubled in consecutive games against Cleveland State (2/12) and Providence (2/17) ... Posted a pair of two-RBI doubles in the win over Winthrop (2/22) ... Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI at Charlotte (2/29) ... Had two RBI and a double in a 2-for-4 day against Arkansas (3/10) ... Drove in two runs and scored twice in the second game of the Longwood doubleheader (3/31) ... Hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth of the final game of the year at Mississippi (5/6) ... A member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2011 (FRESHMAN): Started 50 games for the Gamecocks, all at second base ... Tied for the team lead with 28 RBI while standing second with 27 runs scored ... Hit .280 with five doubles ... Made just four errors while posting a .981 fielding percentage, ranking second on the team with 98 assists ... Served as a pinch runner twice during the Palmetto State Showdown, scoring a run in her debut against Charleston Southern (2/11) ... Started for the first time against Georgetown (2/18) and never came out of the lineup...Against the Hoyas, she went 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases ... Starting with the game at Winthrop (3/2), she had a hit in nine of the next 10 games, including six two-hit games in the stretch ... Four times in that period she drove in two runs while driving in three an additional time ... Ended that span with a 2-for-3 performance with two runs and two stolen bases ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week on March 8 for her exploits ... Went 2-for-3 with her first career triple, two runs and three RBI in the win at Coastal Carolina (3/22) ... That was the third game of her season-best six-game hitting streak ... Posted her first career home run in a 3-for-4 outing in the first game at Arkansas (4/16) ... Later stole two bases in the final game of the series against the Razorbacks (4/17) ... Earned placement on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Collected four softball letters from coach Steve Soubasis at Timber Creek High School ... Three-time first-team all-state player, while making the second team her freshman year ... first-team all-metro all four seasons ... Twice named team MVP, as a sophomore and senior ... Helped her team to district championships three straight years ... Hit .436 as a senior, tallying eight home runs, seven triples and four doubles ... Increased her RBI total each year ... Stole 47 bases during her four-year career ... Also twice earned the defensive award after her freshman and junior years ... Also earned a volleyball letter ... Four-year member of the school's honor roll ... Played with the Clearwater Bombers travel team coached by Frank Archri.
PERSONAL: Dana Nichole Hathorn was born to parents Jim and Kelly ... Her dad played baseball at LSU while her grandfather Conley played basketball ... Conley was an All-SEC player in 1938 and was honored on one of LSU's All-Decade teams ... Has two older siblings: sister Rachel and brother Jimmy ... Chose South Carolina over Villanova, Jacksonville and North Florida ... Lists steak and banana pudding as her favorite foods ... Says Drew Brees is her favorite athlete ... Studying social work.