Junior drives in all six runs, including a grand slam, sends Gamecocks to the 12 pm EDT game on Saturday
Four-run third and a two-run homer by Chelsea Hawkins provides the offense in the win
Seventh-inning homers by juniors Dana Hathorn and Ashlyn Masters leads South Carolina to victory
Sophomore Kristen Struett gets three hits in the win; junior Codee Yeske hits the first grand slam in new stadium
Junior third baseman Codee Yeske goes 2-for-3, scores game-winning run in seventh
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
Shots from the Gamecocks' 6-3 win over No. 18/15 Kentucky in the first round of the 2013 SEC Softball Tournament
Pictures from South Carolina's SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against No. 4/4 Tennessee
Hawkins's 2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
Hawkins's 2012 Game-by-Game Statistics
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 52 games, starting 51 ... Forty of her starts came in right field, with the other 11 at designated player ... Ranked third on the team in both batting average (.309) and slugging percentage (.537) ... Tied for second with 29 RBI and seven home runs ... Also ranked second with 13 doubles ... Her year ranked eighth on the single-season home runs-per-game charts (0.13) and 12th on the doubles-per-game listings (0.25) ... Went 5-for-7 with the bases loaded ... Ranked second on the team with a .423 batting average with two outs ... Went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI in the first win over Winthrop (2/11) ... Had three-straight two-hit games: against Jacksonville and Villanova (2/19) and at home against Winthrop (2/22) ... In the outing against the Eagles, she doubled and drove in two runs ... Had consecutive three-RBI outings, both with a double and a homer, against Charleston Southern (2/28) and at Charlotte (2/29) ... The final game of a five-game hitting streak came with a homer at UC Riverside (3/3) ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored over Arkansas (3/10) ... Posted a double and two RBI in a 2-for-3 night at Winthrop (3/28) ... Had a two-run homer in the win at Kentucky (4/6) ... Went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the second game at No. 11/11 Georgia (4/11) ... Had a double in a 2-for-4 outing against No. 8/7 Tennessee (4/22) ... A second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region player as a non-pitcher/utility player ... Also a member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2011 (FRESHMAN): Played in 24 games and drew 10 starts as a true freshman ... Eight starts came as the designated player, with one each coming at catcher and in right field ... Hit .179 on the year, with 14 at bats coming as a pinch hitter ... Debuted with a pinch-hit double in the win over Charleston Southern (2/11) ... Threw out one of three Eagles trying to steal in her game behind the plate (vs. Winthrop, 2/16) ... Drew the start against Seton Hall (3/5) and went 1-for-2 with two walks an a run scored ... Went 2-for-4 at Coastal Carolina (3/22) ... Hit a pinch-hit homer in the second game against No. 21 LSU (5/7) ... Followed that with a start and a 1-for-2 outing in the season finale ... Garnered recognition on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned six softball letters from coaches Larry Kahl and Lynn Hicks at Wren High School ... Three-time all-state honoree by High School Sports Report (HSSR) ... Twice a 4A all-state selection from the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports and earned all-region honors five times from the same outlet ... Complied 14 home runs and 41 stolen bases during her final four years ... Hit no worse than .395 during that same span ... Led Wren to a state 4A title in 2008 and a district championship in 2009 ... Also earned four letters in both volleyball and basketball ... Claimed the hustle award in hoops ... A member of the Spanish National Honor Society ... Also named to the honor roll and the prinicpal's list ... Played travel ball with Ken Bailey's SC Bandits.
PERSONAL: Chelsea Brion Hawkins is the daughter of Eddie and Chanda ... Has a brother, Wesley ... Considered signing with Presbyterian before committing to the Gamecocks ... Likes water skiing and other outdoor activities ... Her favorite athlete is Jennie Finch ... The niece of former Gamecock player Tia Rogers ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management.