Enters the season just three home runs shy of becoming South Carolina's all-time career leader ... Very versatile player ... Will primarily play catcher this season, but can also play infield and outfield. ... Has good power ... Has led the team in RBI for three consecutive seasons ...A solid team leader ... Has played seven of nine positions during her career, excluding pitcher and centerfield.
Saw action at catcher, first, third, short, right and left field ... Provided the winning run in win over Pitt (2/10) with her 16th career home run ... Led the team in home runs for the season with seven ... Hit an RBI double to score the game winning run against Campbell ... Went 3-for-4 with one run and three RBI in game two against Campbell ... Named to the Tar Heel Invitational All-Tournament team ... Scored the winning run against Princeton ... Scored the tying run against Memphis ... Led the team in slugging percentage and total bases ... Hit .282 with runners on base and hit .217 with at least two outs ... With runners in scoring position, she hit .346 ... Advanced runners 19 times to lead the team ... Recorded nine multiple-hit games ... Led the team with eight multiple-RBI games ... Her longest hitting streak of the season was five games ... Recorded a career season high 11 doubles, which also led the team. ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Team's leading home run hitter with eight last season ... Hit her first career grand slam on 3/5 against South Dakota State ... Was one of two players to hit a grand slam that game ... Was second on the team in runs scored with 28 ... Co-leader in doubles with 10 ... For the second consecutive season, she drove in the most runs, 36 ... Recorded 11 multi-RBI games which tied her sixth in the SEC ... Recorded a career high four RBI in two games: vs. UNC-Greensboro and South Dakota State ... Was the fourth leading hitter ... Third on the team in slugging percentage behind former standout Meghan Cornett and sophomore Jessica Josker ... Recorded a .364 average with bases loaded ... Was named to the 2005 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Was named to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Region 1 in Tucson ... Scored a career high four runs in game one against Coastal Carolina ... Her first collegiate start was game two against Charlotte (2/8) ... Went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs to record her first collegiate hit and RBI ...Her second hit of the game was her first career double ... Hit her first career home run against Charleston on Feb. 21 ... Hit her second home run against Radford on Feb. 22 and recorded a career-high four RBI ... Led the team in hitting during the Gamecock Invitational with a .429 average (3-for-7) ... Also led the team in RBI with five ... Scored three runs in the tournament as well ... Her three-run home run against Radford put USC in the lead after being down 3-2 ... Started all but one SEC game ... Recorded a six-game hit streak... Had three RBI vs. Furman... Went 4-for-6 with five runs and four RBI in the Coastal Carolina series (4/28) ... Hit winning home run to beat Coastal Carolina 2-1 in game two ... In the final day of the NCAA Regional, went 3-for-8 with two runs and five RBI ... Belted seven home runs, the most by any Gamecock freshman in a single season since Tina Plew in 1994 (6).
Graduated from Brookland-Cayce ... Member of two-time SC State Champion Team (2000 and 2002) ... 2003 Wendy High School Heisman nominee ... Was coached by Richard Lundy ... Three-time region champions ... Three-time all-state selection ... Also played volleyball for three years ... Three-time all-region and all-area selection.
Full name is McKenna Shea Hughes ... Nickname is McKay ... Major is business ... Born July 8, 1985 ... Parents are Mike and Linda Hughes ... Has a brother, Kevin ... Chose USC over Auburn, College of Charleston and Furman ... Enjoys reading, watching movies and listening to music.TMTM
Fifth-Inning Stretch with McKenna...
Best dressed teammate: Becky Martinez
I model my game after: No one in particular. It is more of a culmination of what I have learned by watching others play over the years and the way my teammates play.
My dream job would be: Something that changed every day and I always looked forward to going to.
Fiercest competitor on the team: Chrissy Schoonmaker
Favorite former Gamecock SB player: Megan Matthews
First memory of South Carolina: Moving into the dorms and meeting one of my freshman roommates at the sign in table.
The South Carolina record list you would like to see your name on: Home runs
Vegetable you refuse to eat: Brussels sprouts
Favorite place to eat in Columbia: My parents' house
When the going gets tough, I: Try harder, put more time in, and try to get through whatever it is that is tough.
One message I want to get across to my teammates is: I want this season to be fun. and the harder you work and more time you put in, the better the outcome will be.
Favorite quote: "What? Am I not turtley enough for the turtle club?" - Master of Disguise