The freshman tied program record for homers, RBI in a game; South Carolina hit season-best four homers
Seniors play big role in opening game of senior weekend
Senior Kaylea Snaer goes 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI in the victory
South Carolina bat around twice in victory
Home runs by Boesel, VanDerveer, T. Williams provide the spark
Photos from Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina of the Gamecocks' 4-3 win on Saturday night against No. 18/19 LSU
Pictures from Travis Bell from South Carolina's 5-4 win over No. 18/19 LSU on May 5, 2017
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Auburn | April 22, 2017 | Carolina Stadium at Beckham Field
Photos, provided by Sideline Carolina, from the second game of the three-game set against No. 7/7 Auburn.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mercer | 4/13/17 | Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Ended her career tied for eighth in South Carolina history with 18 home runs, hitting 0.11 per game, which stands seventh ... Also finished 14th in slugging percentage (.471) and tied for fifth in hit-by-pitches (20) ... Named to the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll on three occasions.
2017 (SENIOR): Drew 40 starts and played in 54 games ... Finished the year with six home runs and 17 RBI while not committing an error in left field, where she saw all of her field time ... Started the year with some bruises, getting hit by a pitch in her first three appearances during the Carolina Classic (2/10-12) ... Made the other teams pay, however, scoring runs in each of those games, including two in the Sunday victory against Presbyterian (2/12) ... Had hits in two of her three starts in her home state of Texas, both against Louisiana Tech (2/18-19) ... Walked twice against the Longhorns and scored a run (2/17) ... Posted hits in all three starts in the Judi Garman Classic (3/3-5) ... That included a 2-for-3 day against Long Beach State, as she hit a solo homer in the contest ... Had home runs in wins at No. 9/9 Alabama (3/26), against Furman (3/28) and at Mississippi State (4/7) ... Also had a two-run blast in the Saturday game in Starkville against the Bulldogs (4/8) ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the triumph over No. 1/2 Florida State (4/14) ... Went 3-for-3 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI in the nightcap win over Charleston Southern (4/18) ... Her sac bunt on Friday helped down No. 18/19 LSU before walking twice in Saturday's victory (5/5-6) ... Scored twice in a 1-for-2 day as part of the NCAA Tucson Regional-opening win over St. Francis (5/19) ... Earned placement on the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2016 (JUNIOR): Played 38 games on the year, starting 24 ... Of those starts, 16 came at third, five in left field and three as the designated player ... Hit .270 with four home runs and 15 RBI ... Her eight hit-by-pitches tie for ninth in SC single-season history ... Went 3-for-5 with six RBI with the bases loaded ... Her first hit ranked as a double in the Winthrop victory (2/21) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, scoring three runs and driving in four in the first Southern Utah win (2/26) ... Followed that with a 2-for-3 day and a homer against the T'Birds (2/27) ... Walked and scored the game-winning run against Western Carolina (3/1) Homered in the Michigan State triumph (3/5) ... Started a three-game hitting streak with her single against Charleston Southern (3/23) ... Hit a two-run homer that sparked a 10-run fourth, drawing two walks as well in the win at Charlotte (3/30) ... Capped the skein with her 3-for-4, two-RBI day against Troy (4/2) ... That also ranked as her first start in left field, making two catches ... In the Sunday series finale against the Trojans, she reached base in all four plate appearances while catching the final out on a diving grab towards the corner (4/3) ... Had a hit and a HBP in the Friday night win at Arkansas (4/8) ... Her three-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth sent the Gamecocks past No. 17/15 Missouri in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament (5/11) ... Garnered recognition on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Started 32 games and played in 41 total ... Tied for 15th in South Carolina's single-season history with seven home runs ... Hit two home runs in the East Carolina win (2/7), driving home four ... Posted her first three-hit game in the LIU Brooklyn win in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (2/19) ... Scored twice and hit a home run against Charleston Southern (2/27) ... Her home run at Winthrop (3/18) tied the game, helping the Gamecocks come back to get the win ... Posted doubles in consecutive games (3/26-31) ... Went 2-for-4 with a homer in the series clincher at Mississippi (4/26) ... Also homered and scored twice in the clincher against Mississippi State (5/3) ... Had hits in both games of the SEC Tournament, including a home run against No. 2/2 Florida (5/7) ... Gained a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (FRESHMAN): Played in 26 games, starting five at third base ... Her first hit stood as a three-run home run in the win over UNC Greensboro (2/9) ... Also scored twice against the Spartans ... Scored a run at Charlotte (2/19) ... In five-consecutive pinch-running appearances, she scored ... Scored and added a hit against Charleston Southern (4/1) ... Started the final game of the season against USF in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at third base (5/17).
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner in softball and track at Flatonia High School ... A four-time all-state selection that twice earned a spot on the MaxPreps Small Schools High School All-America first team ... Twice the Victoria Advocate Player of the Year ... As a senior, hit 10 homers, tallying 28 in her high school career for the Lady Bulldogs ... Drove in 44 runs as a senior and 52 as a junior ... Stole 20 bases as well her final year ... Helped Flatonia win the state title her junior year, hitting the game-winning homer ... The team MVP during that championship run ... Holds the Texas record for the most home runs in state tournament history ... Made the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star team after her senior year ... Also played with the Houston Power travel-ball team ... Also played volleyball for two years and basketball for three ... An all-state selection in volleyball in 2010 and in basketball in 2011 and 2012 ... Part of the second-place 4x200m relay team in the 2010 Texas 1A meet ... Graduated with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Taylor Simone Williams is the daughter of Gloria ... Has two sisters, Ashleigh and Chelsea ... Says Frank Ocean is her favorite musician and Jackie Robinson is her favorite athlete ... Lists her greatest athletic thrill as hitting the game-winning homer in the state title game as a junior ... Majoring in retail management.
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