First pitch for Sunday's championship game against No. 2 national seed Arizona is at 7 p.m. EDT
Seniors play big role in opening game of senior weekend
South Carolina wins first SEC series of the year on the road
Senior Kaylea Snaer goes 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI in the victory
Seniors Blue and Elliott combined for the two-hit shutout
Shots provided by Juan Blas of South Carolina's regular-season finale against No. 18/19 LSU
Pictures from Travis Bell from South Carolina's 5-4 win over No. 18/19 LSU on May 5, 2017
Photos, from Juan Blas, from South Carolina's 3-0 win over No. 7/7 Auburn on Sunday, April 23.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mercer | 4/13/17 | Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field
Softball vs. Virginia Tech (3/8/17)
Elliott's 2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
Elliott's 2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Posted six top-15 marks on South Carolina's career pitching charts ... Finished her career 14th in wins (34), 12th in winning percentage (.642), 10th in strikeouts per seven innings (5.03) and ninth in relief appearances (33).
2017 (SENIOR): Appeared in 40 games, starting 19 in the circle ... Posted a 2.80 ERA in 132.2 innings of work, leading the team with 107 strikeouts and five shutouts ... Tossed back-to-back five-inning shutouts to start the year: against Ohio (2/10), striking out five, and versus Presbyterian (2/12), fanning six in the one-hitter ... Collected two wins and a save in the Gamecock Invitational (2/24-26), shutting out College of Charleston over six innings combined over two stints ... Tallied a five-inning no-hitter against Winthrop (2/28), striking out seven in the win ... Posted a complete-game win in the Southeastern Conference opener at No. 14/13 Tennessee (3/10) ... Completed a five-inning one-hitter of Furman (3/28), striking out a career-best nine ... Picked up a win in relief against Mercer (4/13) before tossing a five-inning, two-hit shutout against Charleston Southern (4/18), fanning eight ... Struck out three more Bucs in a two-inning relief appearance in the nightcap ... Collected a win in relief against No. 7/7 Auburn, twirling four shutout innings, allowing only one hit to the Tigers ... Posted both wins in relief at No. 22/25 Georgia (4/28-30) ... Tallied 1.1 innings of shutout work in relief against No. 5/5 Arizona (5/20) ... Posted a win in the NCAA Tucson Regional elimination game against St. Francis (5/20), giving up one unearned run in 5.2 innings ... Made the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2016 (JUNIOR): Started 36 games in the circle and added 11 relief appearances ... Her 47 appearances tied for fourth in South Carolina's history, while her 36 starts tied for eighth ... Posted a 2.77 ERA with an 18-10 record, tossing six complete games in her 179.1 innings ... Won her first six starts as a Gamecock, beginning with USF (2/12), striking out four in four innings ... Followed that with four shutout innings in a start against Virginia Tech (2/13), her second win ... Tallied her first career save with two innings of hitless relief against Illinois State (2/14) ... Compiled five shutout innings in the Ohio win (2/20) and four the next day in the victory over Winthrop (2/21) ... The winning streak ended with a two-inning scoreless start against Southern Utah (2/26) ... Posted her first complete-game in a win over UC Santa Barbara (2/27), scattering eight hits and one earned run ... Struck out six in five innings of Sunday's win over Georgia Tech (2/28) in the Gaucho Classic I ... Claimed her second save with two innings in the no-hitter over Western Carolina (3/1) ... Threw five shutout innings in the first win over Kennesaw State (3/4) ... Completed four shutout innings in the win over SIUE (3/8) ... Added five scoreless frames in a win at Charlotte (3/30) ... Fanned new career highs in consecutive wins with seven K's vs. Troy (4/3) and eight vs. UNCW (4/5) ... Followed that with six strikeouts in five innings at Arkansas (4/9) ... Tallied four shutout innings in the win at USC Upstate (4/13) ... Hit in the wrist by a liner on Friday at No. 14/15 LSU (4/22), costing her the rest of the weekend ... Started Saturday's win over No. 4/4 Alabama, gaining the victory with four shutout innings (4/30) ... Posted her first complete-game shutout as a Gamecock in Saturday's elimination-game win over No. 24/24 USF (5/21) in the NCAA Tournament Tallahassee Regional ... Struck out four Bulls while scattering four hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
2014-15 (CHIPOLA): A 2015 first-team NJCAA Division I All-American according to the NFCA, she earned the 2015 NJCAA Dudley National Division I Pitcher of the Year ... Led her team to the NJCAA Division I National Championship, earning tournament MVP and most valuable pitcher honors ... Posted a 0.80 ERA in 174.2 innings of work, ranking third in the country ... Fanned 229 batters, the eighth-most in NJCAA DI, while walking only 58 ... Her 9.18 strikeouts per game stood fifth in the country ... Tossed eight shutouts, which ranked sixth ... As a freshman, posted a 1.89 ERA in 193 innings, striking out 235 while walking 100 ... Completed 24 of her 28 starts as a freshman ... Earned all-region accolades both years at Chipola.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played three years at Olympia High ... Set a school record with 19 strikeouts in a seven-inning shutout of Dr. Phillips before fanning 20 in a 10-inning game vs. Mount Dora Bible ... Played travel ball with the Tampa Heatwave, coached by her father Brad.
PERSONAL: Jessica C. Elliott is the daughter of Brad and Sheryl Elliott ... Has three sisters, Sara, Mellissa and Kristina ... Chose the Gamecocks over Missouri, Mississippi State and Purdue ... Says Patrick Kane is her favorite athlete ... Majoring in hospitality and tourism management.
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