First pitch for Sunday's championship game against No. 2 national seed Arizona is at 7 p.m. EDT
The freshman tied program record for homers, RBI in a game; South Carolina hit season-best four homers
The Gamecocks’ freshman second baseman is the sixth player honored under Beverly Smith
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
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
Pictures from Travis Bell from South Carolina's 5-4 win over No. 18/19 LSU on May 5, 2017
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Auburn | April 22, 2017 | Carolina Stadium at Beckham Field
2017 (FRESHMAN): Posted one of the finest freshman campaigns in Gamecock history ... An SEC All-Freshman Team pick, she also garnered third-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region accolades at second base ... Led South Carolina in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, RBI, hits and runs, the first Gamecock freshman to lead the team in batting average, homers and RBI in program history ... Became the sixth Gamecock to tally double-digit home runs in a single season and the first freshman, knocking 10 ... Her slugging percentage of .598 stands 12th in program history, while her 41 RBI stand tied for eighth ... Also took nine hit-by-pitches, leading the team and standing eighth in SC's annals ... Started her career strong with a 2-for-2 day with a run, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base in the Ohio win (2/10) ... Tripled and scored against Presbyterian (2/10) ... Also had two hits and two RBI in the second game against the Blue Hose in the Carolina Classic (2/12) ... Drove in the game-winning run in the Charlotte win (2/12), the 200th victory for head coach Beverly Smith ... Hit her first career home run, scored three times and drove in three more in the Indiana win (2/17) ... Knocked a home run as part of a 2-for-4 day at North Carolina (2/22) ... Tallied the game-winning RBI in the Saturday win over North Dakota State (2/25) as part of the Gamecock Invitational ... Went 3-for-3 with three runs, a home run and two RBI in the game-one win over Winthrop (2/28) ... Ranked fifth among all batters in the Judi Garman Classic with a .571 batting average, tallying five RBI against ranked teams in the event ... That included a three-run homer versus Arizona State (3/4) ... Named SEC Freshman of the Week for her exploits in Fullerton, Calif. ... Went 3-for-3 with a walk in the Virginia Tech win (3/8) ... Drew three walks and scored a run in the win over Gardner-Webb (3/21) ... Had hits in all three games at No. 9/9 Alabama (3/24-26), including scoring twice in the 14-0 victory ... Doubled and homered in the Furman triumph (3/28) ... Went 3-for-4 with a double at Coastal Carolina (4/11) as part of a seven-game hitting streak, her second of that length during the year ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in the first Charleston Southern victory (4/18) ... Added a homer in game two against the Bucs ... Went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's win at No. 22/25 Georgia (4/30) ... Reached base in all three games against No. 18/19 LSU (5/5-7), going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in the Saturday win ... Also went 2-for-4 in the SEC Tournament contest against No. 18/18 Kentucky (5/10) ... Tied two program records with two home runs and eight RBI as part of her 3-for-3, three runs game in the NCAA Tucson Regional opening win over St. Francis (5/19) ... Added another two-run homer against the Red Flash in the elimination-game win (5/20) ... Garnered recognition as an NFCA Scholar-Athlete and as a member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters at Orange Lutheran HS ... Named to the 2016 MaxPreps All-America Second Team after her senior season, when she hit .418 with 35 runs scored, 13 doubles and 37 RBI ... A four-time first-team All-State selection by CalHiSports.com as well as a four-time All-Orange County pick ... The league's MVP in 2016, she gained first-team All-Trinity League honors four times ... Her junior season may have been her best, as she hit .462 with 36 runs scored, 13 doubles, eight homers and 37 RBI ... Also stole 40 bases in her four-year career with the Lancers ... Played on the travel-ball circuit with the SoCal A's ... Three times, she led her team to top-five national finishes in the Premier Girls Fastpitch national championships ... Played in the PGF All-American Game, which she said was her greatest athletic thrill ... Participated in the 2016 Louisville Slugger Hit Club with FloSoftball.com ... A member of the National Honor Society ... Earned four highest honor roll notations ... Graduated summa cum laude.
PERSONAL: Mackenzie Ann Boesel is the daughter of Terry and Joan Boesel ... Has one older sister, Brittany, who played at DePaul ... Chose South Carolina over Stanford, Northwestern and Florida ... Lists Blake Lively as her favorite actress and Mike Trout as her favorite athlete ... Majoring in sports and entertainment management, working towards her career goal of working for a professional sports team.
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