South Carolina and Texas meet at 1 p.m. CDT in the first of a possible two championship games
Junior drives in all six runs, including a grand slam, sends Gamecocks to the 12 pm EDT game on Saturday
Four-run third and a two-run homer by Chelsea Hawkins provides the offense in the win
Senior catcher hits a two-run homer that led to the win; freshman Katie Marks got the victory with 3.2 innings of relief
Picture evidence of the Gamecocks' 5-1 win over Houston to advance to the championship round of the Austin Regional
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
Shots from the Saturday softball contest between the Georgia Bulldogs and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Started 55 games, 41 in center and 14 as the designated player ... Started 60 percent of her games (33) in the cleanup spot ... Led the Gamecocks in RBI, with her 43 tying for fifth in a year at South Carolina ... Her RBI per game (0.78) also ranked fifth ... Also led the team with 12 multi-RBI games and ranked second with 19 multi-hit outings ... Her 11 doubles ranked second on the squad ... Drove in six runs in the season opener at Stetson (2/8), scoring three times and hitting a homer in the 2-for-3 game ... Had another homer in the third game against Stetson (2/15), driving in three in that win ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI vs. Buffalo (2/16) ... Drove in four and scored three times to go with a double in a 2-for-4 day against Alabama State (3/2) ... Hit a homer and drove in three in the win over Georgia Southern (3/3) to clinch the perfect weekend in the Eagle Classic ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBI, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth, versus Penn State (3/10) ... Had a double and two RBI in the first game at Carolina Softball Stadium against No. 4/6 Alabama (3/15) ... Went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the win at No. 13/12 LSU (3/24) ... Drove in two runs with a 2-for-3 day against Appalachian State (4/3) ... Had two hits in both games of the doubleheader against Coastal Carolina (4/10) ... Drove in three runs and doubled in a 2-for-3 day against Georgia (4/13) ... Went 3-for-4 with an RBI versus Charlotte (4/24) ... Had two hits in each of the first two wins at Mississippi State (4/26-27) ... Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the Southeastern Conference Tournament win at No. 18/15 Kentucky (5/8) ... Posted 2-for-3 days in both wins over Houston in the NCAA Austin Regional (5/17-18), scoring twice in the first and driving in two in the second ... Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2012 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 17 games total, seven as a pitcher and 16 in the batting order ... Drew eight starts as the designated player and two others as a pitcher hitting for herself ... Hit .364 with a double and a homer ... Her best game came at Winthrop (3/28), as she went 2-for-3 with two runs, a homer and four RBI ... Also started in the circle and got the win, scattering five walks and four hits over five innings ... Picked up her second win in the second game against Longwood (3/31), going 4 2/3 innings in the win while helping her cause with a 1-for-2 day at the plate, scoring a run ... Earned the SEC Freshman of the Week award for those two outings ... Posted a four-game hitting streak starting against Auburn (4/28), when she had an RBI double ... Earned a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year softball letter winner for coach Shelly Luth at Marina High School ... Two-time All-Sunset League first-team member ... Named the league pitcher of the year in 2010, when she posted a 1.30 ERA ... Contributed a .318 batting average and 13 RBI, helping the Vikings to a share of the league title ... A Cal-Hi All-California Softball Underclass second-team member in 2010 ... As a senior, hit .345 and posted 42 RBI for the Vikings ... Also played soccer for two years for Mike Greco ... Played travel ball with coach Phil Bruder's California Raiders ... A scholar with honors graduate, she earned student of the year honors in 2007.
PERSONAL: Kristen Paige Struett is the daughter of Bill and Barbara ... Has one brother, Ryan ... Considered signing with Charleston Southern and Louisiana-Monroe before inking with the Gamecocks ... Enjoys playing beach volleyball, surfing, hiking and writing ... Lists Amanda Freed as her favorite athlete and Rascal Flatts as her favorite musical group ... Wants to one day be an athletic director ... Majoring in sport and entertainment management.