Seniors play big role in opening game of senior weekend
Snaer with first-career four-hit day; Copeland tallies her first career win in relief
South Carolina gets its first win over a ranked team this season behind home runs from Snaer, V. Williams
Junior Tiara Duffy gets walk-off single to push South Carolina to 17-5
Freshman Cayla Drotar tosses her second career shutout
2017 (JUNIOR): Made 34 appearances for the Gamecocks, starting five times … Went 6-for-23 as a pinch hitter, including a single in her first appearance as a Gamecock, in the win over Ohio (2/10) … Drove in her first run with a sacrifice fly while also drawing a walk in the win over Indiana (2/17) … Had a pinch-hit RBI double that gave SC the win in the nightcap against Winthrop (2/28) … Started the next four games as the designated player, going 2-for-3 with an RBI against Northwestern (3/3) and posting another RBI with a hit against Indiana (3/4) … Had a pinch hit in her hometown on Sunday at No. 14/13 Tennessee (3/12) … Drew her only start in left field against Gardner-Webb (3/21) and responded with a 2-for-3 day, hitting a double and a home run to go with two RBI … Posted a pinch-hit RBI in the Friday win over No. 18/19 LSU (5/5) … Posted an RBI single in a pinch-hitting chance in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, hosted in Knoxville, against No. 18/18 Kentucky (5/10) … Earned a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
2015-16 (CHATTANOOGA STATE): Earned NJCAA All-America accolades twice with the Tigers, first team as a freshman and second team as a sophomore ... Hit a combined .436 with a .623 slugging percentage in two years, scoring 142 runs and driving in 128 in 126 career games ... Helped Chattanooga State to the NJCAA Division I World Series as a freshman, posting 99 hits, which stood fourth in NJCAA, to go with seven home runs and 59 RBI ... Stole 13 bases as a rookie and scored 72 runs, the latter ranking 10th in the nation ... As a sophomore, tallied 23 doubles, 26th in NJCAA Division I, while hitting .437 ... Compiled seven outfield assists as a sophomore.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned five letters at the Christian Academy of Knoxville ... Twice named all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for Division I Class AA ... Helped the Warriors make the state semifinals during her senior season in 2014 ... Hit .537 with 65 runs and 39 RBI during that year ... Her first all-state accolade came as a pitcher during her sophomore year, but an injury turned her into an outfielder as a senior, where she earned that second nod ... Played with the Tennessee Sting on the travel-ball circuit.
PERSONAL: Shannon Marie Plese is the daughter of David and Angela Plese ... Has three siblings, Sierra, Alex and Daniel ... Says Grey's Anatomy is her favorite TV show and lists Blake Shelton as her favorite singer ... Chose South Carolina over Western Kentucky because of the great academics, the coaches and the chance to play SEC softball ... Majoring in hospitality management with the goal of becoming an event planner.
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