Slap hitter who can consistently get on base ... Will continue to improve on consistency at the plate ... Provides experience in the outfield ... Is more confident ... Displays good upbeat team attitude.
Was one of three hitters to hit over .300 last season ... Started 22 games ... In games she started, she hit .321 with 53 at bats ... Played 29 games in the outfield, 22 of which she started ... Scored a career high, three runs, on 3/4 in game against Gardner-Webb ... Recorded a career high, three hits, twice in the season: vs. South Dakota State on 3/5, and vs. Mississippi State on 5/13 in the SEC Tournament ... In that game, she recorded three of the Gamecocks' seven hits ... Named to the 2005 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Saw action in 38 games ... Played in her first collegiate game and made her first collegiate start in game one against Charlotte (2/7) ... Scored her first collegiate run in game two against Charlotte (2/7) ... Recorded her first collegiate hit against Fresno State (2/27) in the Lead-Off Classic ... Went 3-for-4 vs. Auburn on 3/28 ... The three hits marked a career high ... Recorded first multi-hit game vs. Coastal Carolina (4/28) ... Scored two runs for career-high vs. Furman (4/21).
Graduated from H.B. Plant in Tampa, Fla. ... Four-year letterwinner in softball ... Was coached by Augie Quintero and Sallie Scudder ... Hit .318 during her senior season ... Named Western Conference second-team ... All-county honorable mention ... In 2002 was named to Western Conference first-team ... Academic All-American ... During freshman year, helped lead her team to the state championships where they finished as the runners-up.
Full name is Margaret Rush Person ... Born Jan. 11, 1985 in Austin, Texas ... Parents are Chris and Anne Person ... Chose USC over Florida State ... Major is marine science ... Hobbies include writing, reading, cooking, running and playing video games. TMTM
Extra-Innings With Margaret...
What is your goal for the team this season? Have an awesome season that leads to the World Series
What is one thing you have always wanted to do? Get a tattoo
How would you describe yourself? Extroverted, adventurous and lives life to the fullest
What song pumps you up before a game? "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns and Roses
What is the best gift someone could ever give you? Anything that has to do with cooking
What is your favorite movie quote? "You're gonna need a bigger boat..." - Jaws
What is the most interesting place you have ever visited? The coral reefs in the Florida Keys
What is the best advice you were ever given? Never give up, no matter what comes your way. You will always rise to the challenge.