South Carolina has seven games in a row against current top-20 foes
Sixth-straight year the Gamecocks have posted the most freshman on the list
Junior drives in all six runs, including a grand slam, sends Gamecocks to the 12 pm EDT game on Saturday
The Texan didn't allow a run in 8.1 innings of work vs. No. 2/3 Florida, winning the regular season finale as well
Senior catcher hits a two-run homer that led to the win; freshman Katie Marks got the victory with 3.2 innings of relief
Shots from the winner's bracket game against No. 4 national seed Texas.
Shots by Travis Bell from South Carolina's series opener against Kentucky
Pictures from the win over the Mountaineers on April 3, 2013
Shots from the Saturday game of the series against No. 4/6 Alabama
2013 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 28 games, drawing 11 starts ... The 17 relief appearances ranks as the eighth most in a single season at SC ... Posted a team-best 5.36 strikeouts per seven innings and 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 96.2 innings ... Compiled a 8-8 record with three saves, tallying a 3.69 ERA ... Also had the lowest opponent batting average (.245) on staff ... Tossed a complete game in her first career win, giving up three earned runs in the five-inning victory over Michigan State (2/9) ... Tossed her first career shutout in the six-inning, 8-0 victory over Florida International (3/3) ... Struck out seven in consecutive games against Charleston Southern (2/24) and the Panthers ... Tossed nine innings and fanned nine without walking anyone against Northwestern (3/9) ... Got the win in relief with three scoreless innings against Penn State (3/10) ... Posted her first save with two scoreless innings at Campbell (3/19) ... Posted 4.1 innings of hitless relief in a win against Coastal Carolina (4/10) ... Held Auburn to one hit in three innings of relief (4/20) ... Tallied a win in relief at Mississippi State (4/28), giving up one earned run in 3.2 innings ... Also got the win over No. 2/3 Florida (5/4) with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four ... Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after striking out seven Gators with only nine base-runners in 8.1 innings ... Her second save came with a perfect inning in game one of the NCAA Austin Regional against Houston (5/17).
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years for coaches Kalum Haack and Kent Bruno at Katy High School...Second-team ESPNHS All-American in 2012...Earned first-team All-Greater Houston accolades and District 19-5A MVP honors as a senior...An academic all-state selection as well...Played travel ball with the Impact Gold coached by KC Jackson...Led her team to a second-place finish at ASA Gold Nationals, as the team came back through the loser's bracket after a second-game loss to force a second championship game in the summer of 2012.
PERSONAL: Katie L. Marks is the daughter of Alan and Cindy Marks...Has two older siblings: sister Laura and brother James...Lists George Clooney is her favorite actor...Says her dad was her biggest influence in softball, catching her for 10 years...Majoring in public health.