Senior posted 15 single-season top-15 offensive marks in her final year at South Carolina
Four-run third and a two-run homer by Chelsea Hawkins provides the offense in the win
Senior infielder becomes second Gamecock under Beverly Smith to earn all-conference honors
Senior catcher hits a two-run homer that led to the win; freshman Katie Marks got the victory with 3.2 innings of relief
Seventh-inning homers by juniors Dana Hathorn and Ashlyn Masters leads South Carolina to victory
Picture evidence of the Gamecocks' 5-1 win over Houston to advance to the championship round of the Austin Regional
Shots from the winner's bracket game against No. 4 national seed Texas.
Pictures from the game-one win over Houston in the 2013 Austin Regional in the NCAA Softball Tournament
Shots from the Gamecocks' 6-3 win over No. 18/15 Kentucky in the first round of the 2013 SEC Softball Tournament
Pictures from South Carolina's SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against No. 4/4 Tennessee
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Posted her name 16 times in South Carolina's career batting records top-15 lists and also in both the stolen bases (44, 5th) and stolen bases per game (0.26, 4th) categories ... Joins Dana Fulmer as the only Gamecocks in history with top-five marks in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, both with better than .350/.425/.525 marks ... Garcia ranks third in batting average (.364), third in on-base percentage (.431) and fourth in slugging percentage (.531) ... Stands fourth in runs per game (0.71) and second in hits per game (1.19) ... In the top 15 in all three extra-base hit per game categories (0.19 2B/G, 7th; 0.07 3B/G, 5th; 0.07 HR/G, 11th) ... Also 11th in walks per game (0.29) and finished fifth in hit by pitches (16) ... Ranked tied for fifth in triples (12), 10th in hits (203), 11th in runs (121), tied for 12th in homers (12) and tied for 13th in doubles (33) ... Also posted the third-most assists (303) for a Gamecock shortstop in the Southeastern Conference era and had the fifth-best fielding percentage (.929) ... Drafted in the fourth round of the National Pro Fastpitch draft by the NY/NJ Comets, the first pick under Beverly Smith at South Carolina ... A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.
2013 (SENIOR): Earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches ... Also claimed a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Started all 59 games at shortstop and in the leadoff spot ... Posted 12 batting and three base-stealing single-season top-15 performances during the year ... Led the Gamecocks in 10 offensive categories, including her .397 batting average, .583 slugging percentage, 49 runs, 17 doubles, seven triples, four sacrifice hits and 18 stolen bases ... Those doubles tied for third the SEC and tied for fourth in a year at South Carolina ... Stood second in the SEC in triples, fourth in NCAA Division I and tied for 11th in a year at SC ... Posted the ninth-highest batting average, eight-best on-base percentage (.459) and 10th-standing slugging percentage in Gamecock history ... Her 18 stolen bases stood 10th in South Carolina annals, while her 0.31 stolen bases per game ranked ninth ... Only being thrown out once on the year, her .947 stolen-base percentage stands seventh ... Tied a then-program record with consecutive four-run games on Feb. 9, first against Michigan State before doing it again against Stetson ... Also had two doubles and two stolen bases against the Spartans ... Tripled in four-consecutive games during the UCF Holiday Inn Select Tournament (2/15-17) ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI against Buffalo (2/16) ... Posted her first homer of the year in a 3-for-4 showing against Charleston Southern (2/24) ... Reached base in all four trips to the plate against No. 4/6 Alabama (3/16) ... Tripled and scored a run in the Gamecocks' win at No. 13/12 LSU (3/24) ... Went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored against No. 21/20 Kentucky (4/7) ... Led off the first game against Coastal Carolina (4/10) with a homer in a 2-for-4 day ... Drove in two runs in the Georgia win (4/12) ... Went 4-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in the Sunday series-sweep clincher at Mississippi State (4/28) ... Scored a run and drove in another in the SEC Tournament opening win over No. 18/15 Kentucky (5/8) ... Walked in the last three games of the year in the NCAA Austin Regional (5/18-19).
2012 (JUNIOR): Played in all 55 games, missing one start on the Gamecocks' Senior Day ... Led the team with 41 runs scored, 97 total bases, and 11 stolen bases ... Finished second on the team in the slash stats with a .362 batting average, .429 on-base percentage and .557 slugging percentage ... Also second in hits (63), triples (2), homers (7) and hit by pitches (6) ... The six HBPs tied for seventh on the single-season charts, while the seven homers tied for 10th in Gamecocks' single-season charts ... Ranked 14th in South Carolina's single-season listing in batting average, on-base percentage and runs per game (0.75) ... Tied for 15th in single-season hits-per-game category (1.15) ... Reached base at a .468 clip when leading off an inning ... Posted a 21-game hitting streak after going hitless in the opener, the second-longest skein in documented history at South Carolina ... Nine games in that streak were multi-hit games ... Her first homer of the year was a grand slam in the 11-3 win over Providence (2/17) ... Also had a three-run blast in a 2-for-3 game against Appalachian State (2/25) ... The second game that day, against Presbyterian (2/25), she went 4-for-4 with a stolen base ... Went 3-for-4 with the game-tying RBI double in the 3-2 win over UC Davis (3/4) ... After the hitting streak ended, she posted a two-RBI double in the 7-2 win over Arkansas (3/10) ... Went 3-for-3, scoring three runs and hitting the first of three lead-off homers in the first game against Mississippi State (3/13) ... Scored three times and tied the school record with two homers in a 2-for-2 outing at Kentucky on Easter Sunday (4/8) ... Opened the series at No. 2/2 Alabama with a solo homer (4/13) ... Went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in the final game of the year at Mississippi (5/6) ... Earned a spot on the 2012 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Also honored by CollegeSportsMadness.com on its All-SEC second team.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): One of two Gamecocks to start all 56 games, anchoring the infield at shortstop ... Ended the season with a .922 fielding percentage while leading the team with 116 assists ... Led the Gamecocks in on-base percentage (.403), runs (31), hits (61), total bases (83) and hit by pitches (6) ... Ranked second in batting average (.332), triples (3), slugging percentage (.451) and stolen bases (15) ... Posted the longest hitting streak (9) and reached-base streak (19) for the Gamecocks ... Started her career with a flurry, going 8-for-14 (.571) during the opening-weekend Palmetto State Showdown, adding a triple in her 2-for-4 debut against Charleston Southern (2/11) ... Started her nine-game hitting streak against Georgetown (2/18) with a double ... Her first Gamecock home run came in the win at Florida Gulf Coast (2/19) ... Hit a home run in a 2-for-3 outing at Charlotte (2/23) ... Her last hit in the streak came against Providence (3/5) ... Posted a 2-for-4 outing with two runs and two RBI in the second game at Mississippi State (3/9) ... Stole two bases in the second game against Ole Miss (3/12) ... Drove in a season-best three runs in a 2-for-4 day in game one against No. 1 Georgia (3/16), with the two hits going for a double and a triple ... Plunked twice in the first game at No. 23 Auburn (3/18) ... Tallied a double, two runs and three RBI in a 3-for-4 outing against Charleston Southern (4/5) ... Also added two stolen bases in that contest against the Buccaneers ... Led off the second game at Longwood (4/9) with a home run ... Posted the first four-hit game for South Carolina since 2008 with a 4-for-5 performance in the second game at Arkansas (4/16) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double in the win over No. 20 Kentucky (4/24).
2010 (CERRITOS): Set new school records with a .519 batting average and 10 triples during her only year at Cerritos College ... Led the conference in batting average, on-base percentage (.594) and slugging percentage (.880) ... Added 13 doubles and five homers on the year ... Stole 29 bases in 30 tries ... Had only one error in the field, splitting time between shortstop and center field ... Scored 59 runs ... Picked up many player of the year awards, including California Junior College Player of the Year...Claimed Cerritos' Female Athlete of the Year award ... Made the NFCA Cal JC All-America team for the south.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played at St. Joseph's High School in Lakewood, Calif., for coaches Joe Pacheco and Ralph Armenta ... A First-Team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection as a senior ... Twice named All-Del Ray League ... Led the Jesters to first-place finish in their league for the first time in 14 years ... Named to the City of Lakewood's Youth Hall of Fame ... Played junior varsity basketball one year and was named the best defensive player ... Traveled to ASA Nationals four times during her youth career.
PERSONAL: Samantha Taylor Garcia was born to parents Manuel and Tzenni-Bah ... Has two older sisters, Alexis and Cecily, and a twin brother, Manuel ... Says Jacoby Ellsbury, her cousin, is her favorite athlete ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management.