Ten student-athletes garner NFCA Scholar-Athlete accolades
South Carolina ranks second among SEC on this list
Redshirt senior takes the designated player spot, advances to national ballot
Hawkins, Childs, and Brossart all with two-run homers; Jackson with bases-loaded double
Senior also added another hit and drove in five runs in the contest
2012 (REDSHIRT SENIOR): Started 26 games as the designated player and played in 34 ... Posted a pinch-hit two-RBI double at Charlotte (2/29) ... In her third start of the year, doubled against Arkansas (3/10) ... Went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in the first game against Mississippi State (3/13) ... Doubled and posted an RBI in the first game at No. 4/4 Florida (3/16) ... Went 1-for-2 with a bases-loaded double in the win at Kentucky (4/6) ... Her best day came at No. 2/2 Alabama (4/14), when she went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI, putting the Gamecocks on top with the second-inning blast ... Drew walks in the next three starts ... Earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District 4 team ... Also a member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Garnered National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete accolades.
2011 (REDSHIRT JUNIOR): Fought through leg injuries to make pinch-hitting appearances in nine games ... Went 1-for-7 with two walks in those trips ... The one hit was a two-RBI single in the sweep-clinching win against Mississippi (3/13) ... Drew walks against Charleston Southern (4/5) and No. 5 Florida (4/29) ... Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2009-10 (CHATTANOOGA STATE): Earned two letters at Chattanooga State Community College ... Named All-Region VII and was a third-team NJCAA All-American ... Finished 2010 tied for fourth in NJCAA Division I with 18 home runs ... Held an on-base percentage of .408 as a redshirt sophomore while driving in 59 runs ... Hit .667 with a runner on third and less than two outs ... Helped the Tigers to a regional championship and a seventh-place finish at the NJCAA World Series ... Saw limited time as a redshirt freshman, hitting .229 while posting a .309 on-base percentage ... Twice named to the Tennessee JuCo All-Academic Team.
2008 (EAST TENNESSEE STATE): Took a redshirt during her only year in Johnson City.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters from coach Heather Sents-Kelley at Morristown West High School ... Four-time all-district (2004-07) and three time all-conference (2004, 2006-07) performer ... An all-state player in 2007 ... Led the team in RBI and with a .520 batting average as a senior ... Three-year team captain ... Twice earned the Trojan Leadership Award ... Graduated with first honors.
PERSONAL: Kaela Margaret Jackson is the daughter of Roger and Becky Jackson ... Has two siblings, sister Danielle and brother Travis ... Came to South Carolina over Mississippi, USC Upstate and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville ... Says her all-time favorite player is Yogi Berra, while her favorite modern player is Jessica Mendoza ... Majored in psychology.