Mackenzie Boesel makes the SEC All-Freshman Team, Kaylea Snaer SEC All-Defense at first base
South Carolina wins the series against LSU for the first time since 2005
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
Pictures from South Carolina's 12-2 win in five innings over St. Francis in the first game of the Tucson Regional.
Shots provided by Juan Blas of South Carolina's regular-season finale against No. 18/19 LSU
Photos from Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina of the Gamecocks' 4-3 win on Saturday night against No. 18/19 LSU
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Auburn | April 22, 2017 | Carolina Stadium at Beckham Field
Photos, from Juan Blas, from South Carolina's 3-0 win over No. 7/7 Auburn on Sunday, April 23.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Concluded her illustrious career with three program records: doubles per game (0.25), walks (116) and walks per game (0.51) … Also leaves with 10 other offensive top-15 marks, including second in doubles (57), third in home runs (29) and fourth in RBI (136) … The others are as follows: on-base percentage (8th, .407), hits (12th, 197), home runs per game (6th, 0.13), total bases (8th, 345), slugging percentage (7th, .531), RBI per game (3rd, 0.60) and sacrifice flies (2nd, 11) … The four-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll member and four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete also ranks second among SC first basemen with 1,535 putouts, fourth with 57 assists and fourth with a .991 fielding percentage during the SEC era.
2017 (SENIOR): Started all 59 games at first base … Posted the third-best on-base (.391) and slugging (.494) percentages on the team … Topped the Gamecocks with 14 doubles and added eight homers, tied for second … Went 2-for-3 twice and hit two home runs in the three wins during the Texas Invitational (2/17-19) … Started a season-best five-game hitting streak at North Carolina (2/22) … Had hits in all four games of the Gamecock Invitational (2/24-26) … Hit an eighth-inning walk-off against College of Charleston (2/25) … That blast tied her for third in school history … Also reached base in all five games of the Judi Garman Classic (3/3-5) … Hit a grand slam and went 3-for-4 in her first game as a leadoff hitter in the SEC opener, a win at No. 14/13 Tennessee (3/10) … Doubled twice and drove in a run on Sunday against the Vols (3/12) … Posted a career-best four hits and doubled in the Gardner-Webb win (3/21) … Had hits in all three games at No. 9/9 Alabama (3/24-26), hitting a leadoff home run in the series opener before drawing three walks and scoring twice in the 14-0 win … Went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI vs. No. 7/5 Texas A&M (4/1) … Drew three walks and scored twice in the first game of the doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern (4/18) … Drew a walk to start the rally that led SC to a win over No. 7/7 Auburn (4/23) … In the opener at No. 22/25 Georgia (4/28), she doubled and homered, scoring twice and plating three runs in the win … Tied SC’s career walks mark in Sunday’s win against the Bulldogs (4/30) … Drew two walks against No. 18/18 Kentucky in the SEC Tournament (5/10) … Collected a hit in her final game against No. 5/5 Arizona in the NCAA Tucson Regional … Earned placement on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and the honor of being a NFCA Scholar-Athlete.
2016 (JUNIOR): Started all 61 games at first base ... Set a new Southeastern Conference record with 27 doubles, breaking the program record while coming within two of the NCAA Division I single-season mark ... Earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 4 team ... Also led the Gamecocks in batting average (.374), hits (68), RBI (41), total bases (113), slugging percentage (.621) and on-base percentage (.440) ... That batting average ranked 11th in program single-season history, while her slugging percentage finished eighth and her RBI total tied for eighth ... Her RBI per game (0.67) mark tied for 12th, while her fielding percentage of .995 ranked fourth in the SEC era (since 1997) ... Doubled twice, for the first of six times, as part of a three-RBI day in the Virginia Tech win (2/13) ... Had two more two-baggers with an RBI in the UNCG victory (2/19) ... Scored three times in a 3-for-3 day in the first Southern Utah win (2/26) ... Had two doubles against the T'birds in the second game of the weekend (2/27) ... Had the game-winning RBI in the 10th to down UConn (3/5) ... Doubled in both games of the Buffalo doubleheader (3/16), adding two RBI in the second game ... Capped a 2-for-4 day with a home run in the eighth to clinch the series win over No. 12/12 Georgia (3/21) ... Tied the series finale at No. 3/3 Auburn (3/26) with a home run as part of a 2-for-4 day, starting a season-best eight-game hitting streak ... Had multiple hits in every game of the stretch, boosting her batting average from .340 to .408 ... Doubled twice against UNCW (4/5) and in the streak's finale at Arkansas (4/10), the latter tying the program single-season record at 21 ... On Friday night, went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the win over the Razorbacks (4/8) ... Drove in two in the other two games in Fayetteville (4/9-10) ... Went 3-for-4 with a home run in the victory over Mississippi (4/17) ... Had an RBI in every game against No. 4/4 Alabama (4/29-5/1), going 2-for-4 in the victory ... Tied the SEC Tournament game against No. 17/15 Missouri with a three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh with two outs on an 0-2 swing (5/11) ... Posted two doubles for the final time in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional elimination-game win over No. 24/24 USF (5/21) ... Also doubled in the season finale on Sunday at No. 7/7 Florida State (5/22) ... Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete list.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Started 58 games at first base and made one appearance off the bench ... Hit .275 with seven home runs and 36 RBI ... Her seven blasts tied for 15th in a single season at South Carolina ... She also tied for sixth in walks (31), seventh in walks per game (0.53) and tied for 13th in sacrifice flies (3) ... Came alive in March, with her first extra-base hit coming on a long ball vs. Liberty (3/5) ... Walked off in the ninth against No. 9/15 Tennessee (3/14) with her game-winning hit ... Homered in consecutive games against Furman and North Florida (3/25-26) ... Had a three-run blast in the final game at No. 3/3 Florida (4/4) ... Compiled a 3-for-6 day with a double and an RBI in the series clincher at No. 14/16 Kentucky (4/18) ... Had two hits in all three games of the Mississippi State series (5/1-3) ... Doubled and homered in game two, posting four RBI, while she plated two with a double and a triple in Sunday's finale ... Had hits in all three games of the Tallahassee Regional, driving in three runs in the two Saturday games (5/15-16) ... A member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and also a NFCA Scholar-Athlete.
2014 (FRESHMAN): Started 49 games, 48 at first base for the Gamecocks ... Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after hitting five of her eight home runs in league play, which tied for 15th in the SEC's stat rankings ... Also captured a spot on the NFCA All-Southeast Region Third Team at first base ... Her eight homers tied for seventh in South Carolina history, and she stands sixth with her 0.16 homer per game ... Posted the highest walk rate (0.63 per game) in Gamecock history for a single season with 31 walks, tied for fifth on that chart ... Also stands eighth with 0.71 RBI per game in Gamecock history for one year ... Started her career with a blast, hitting a solo homer in the season-opening 1-0 win over Iowa ...Accumulated a seven-game hitting streak next, posting multi-hit games in five of those contests ... Started it with a 2-for-3, homer and double, 3 RBI outing against Presbyterian (2/8) ... Posted a pair of doubles and stole a base against Maryland (2/14) ... Tallied a three-hit day, including a double, in the win at Charlotte (2/19) ... Tallied consecutive two-hit games against Gardner-Webb (2/22) and UNC Wilmington (2/23), doubling against the Seahawks ... Hit a two-run homer on Saturday at No. 11/11 Alabama (3/8) ... Went 2-for-3 with a round-tripper and two RBI in the No. 13/15 Texas A&M series opener (3/14) ... In a four-game stretch from March 23-29, drew nine walks, including taking three free passes in the second game against Furman (3/25) ... Doubled in each game of the Mississippi series (3/29-30), adding a homer in Sunday's finale ... Hit two home runs on Friday night at Arkansas, including a grand slam (4/11) ... The next day, the Razorbacks walked her three times ... Injured in the second game of the No. --/24 LSU series (4/19), costing her nine contests ... Returned for the Tallahassee Regional, walking three times in three games ... A member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and an NFCA Scholar-Athlete.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner in softball at Rowland High School ... A second-team MaxPreps High School All-American in 2012 who hit 16 homers as a junior, setting a new San Gabriel Valley record ... Four-time first-team All-Hacienda League ... The San Gabriel Valley League MVP in 2013 ... Played with the SoCal Athletics travel ball team, playing for two of the group's teams that won four-consecutive Premier Girls Fastpitch national titles ... In the summers of 2012 and 2013, combined to hit 62 homers and hit .517 ... Academic All-Hacienda League twice.
PERSONAL: Kaylea Ann Snaer is the daughter of Lerome Snaer and Tammy Ouellette ... Likes to boat down the Colorado River when back home ... Loves Italian food and says Derek Jeter is her favorite athlete ... Says her mother helped her become the player she is today and is part of the reason she continues having fun and loving the game ... Majoring in psychology with designs to be a sports psychologist one day.
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