Ninety-seven first-year Gamecocks achieve 3.00 or higher GPA in 2011-12
Junior shortstop Samie Garcia goes 3-for-4 with game-tying RBI double
Homers by Shelby Gonzales and Chelsea Hawkins lead the way
South Carolina gets its third 10+ run game in four outings
Four Gamecocks record two hits each in five-inning win
2012 (FRESHMAN): Played in 31 games, starting 10, with nine of those at designated player ... Also started at catcher for a game ... Hit .200 on the year, including going 6-for-19 (.316) when starting ... Mostly used as a pinch hitter, where she went 1-for-16 ... Her first hit came against Winthrop (2/11) ... Drove in her first run during her catching start against Jacksonville (2/19) ... Followed that with a two-RBI contest against Villanova (2/19) ... Went 2-for-3 with her lone homer of the year and three RBI in the win over Maine (3/2) ... Posted two walks in the next game at UC Riverside (3/3) ... Had hits against both UC Davis and Coastal Carolina (3/4 & 3/7) ... Earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played a year of softball and volleyball at Lakewood ... Named co-MVP of the league and also made the first team ... Hit .430 with five homers and 32 RBI as a senior ... Transferred from Wilson, where she was a two-time all-league selection ... During her sophomore season, reached base at a .443 clip while slugging .483, driving in 23 runs as well en route to second-team all-league honors ... .As a freshman, she hit .353 and drove in 15 RBI en route to first-team All-Moore League honors ... Played travel ball with the Corona Angels, which placed in the top five three times at nationals during her time ... An honor roll member at Lakewood.
PERSONAL: The daughter of Tim and Elizabeth Rother, Lacey Kaitlin Rother has two sisters, Linzy and Lexis ... Also considered Oklahoma State before signing with South Carolina ... Her dad Tim played football at Nebraska and in the NFL ... Sister Linzy plays softball at Charleston Southern ... Lists Landry Fields as her favorite athlete ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management.