Former Gamecock All-American pitcher will be honored in March at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greenville, S.C.
Hartsville High product joins Gamecocks for 2017
Three double plays help the Gamecocks advance into the winner's bracket
Two-out triple in the seventh gives South Carolina its 18th win of the year
2001 ? Made 45 appearances with 32 complete games on the season ... Recorded an astounding 17 shutouts with a 1.06 ERA ... Led the team in 15 pitching categories ... Had a 17 strikeout performance against Pittsburgh on March 6 ... The opposition batted a mere .166 against her during another phenomenal year ... Earned Second Team All-SEC honors for the second time ... Three-time SEC Player of the Week, which gives her eight for her career, a USC record ... Named to the SEC All-Tournament Team ... Named to the All-Southeast Region Second Team ... Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Pitched every inning in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
2000 ? Workhorse of the Carolina pitching staff who appeared in 51 games, starting 41... Third in the SEC in wins (26) and strike outs (237) ... Second in the conference in appearances with 51... Ended the season 26-16 with a 1.37 ERA and 37 complete games ... Set a USC record for innings pitched with 311.0 ... Earned fourth and fifth SEC Pitcher of the Week honors the weeks of February 28 and April 3 ... Earned Most Valuable Pitcher Honors at the Gladstone's and the Speedline Invitational ... Pitched 10.0 innings, allowing seven hits and one run in Carolina's 2-1 win over Michigan to earn first Player of the Week honor and beat SEC foes Tennessee and No. 14 Alabama ... Earned first collegiate no-hitter with 6-0 blanking of Georgia State on Feb. 19 ... Struck out a career-high 16 in no-hit performance ... Pitched all 36 innings of the SEC Tournament, allowing only six runs on her way to a 4-1 record ... Was named USC's second SEC Tournament MVP after Trinity Johnson earned the honor in 1997... Named to the All-Southeast Region first team for the second-straight season.
1999 ? Had one of the best rookie seasons of any Gamecock pitcher ... Posted a 29-15 record with a 1.32 ERA ... Ended the season first in the SEC in strikeouts (313), appearances (57) and innings pitched (292.0) ... Finished first in the nation in saves with nine ... Earned second team All-SEC honors ... Was the second Carolina freshman to earn NFCA All-America honors when she was named to the third team ... Named to the first-team All-Southeast Region squad ... Named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team along with Joyce McMillin due in part to her 12 inning complete game win over Pacific to keep Carolina alive ... Tied Carolina pitching great Trinity Johnson's record by being named SEC Pitcher of the Week three times in 1999 ... Sixth on the USC strikeout list with 313 K's after one season of play ... Earned first collegiate win against No. 8 Texas on 2/12 ... Led Carolina to 1-0 upset win over No. 1 Fresno State at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, striking out 11 batters ... Had a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 11 inning outing against Alabama (4/5).
HIGH SCHOOL ? Named Gatorade Southern Player of the Year in 1998 ... Also named 3A State Player of the Year three times (1996, 97, 98), Conference Player of the Year three times, All-State four times and All-Conference five times ... Team was 3A State champs three times ... Also lettered in basketball twice.
PERSONAL ? Full name is Megan Elizabeth Matthews ... Born on Dec. 7, 1979 in Washington, D.C. ... Daughter of Mike Matthews ... Has three sisters, Mackenzie, Kellie and Maggie and one brother, Tucker.
Get To Know Megan
What did you want to be when you were little: A bag lady at the grocery store
Favorite vacation spot: The lake
No one knows how much I: Have an obsession with peppermint patties
I'd like to go out with Prince William for a night out on the town
Since I've come to South Carolina, I've learned: That your parking sticker means nothing
Any good stories about the coaching staff: When coach Aprile was asked by the flight attendant if she was old enough to sit in the emergency exit aisle on our plane.
I would like to eat dinner with: Aaliyah