First pitch for Sunday's championship game against No. 2 national seed Arizona is at 7 p.m. EDT
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
Williams moves onto national ballot, with results announced on May 25
South Carolina wins first SEC series of the year on the road
Pictures from South Carolina's 12-2 win in five innings over St. Francis in the first game of the Tucson Regional.
Shots provided by Juan Blas of South Carolina's regular-season finale against No. 18/19 LSU
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
Photos, from Juan Blas, from South Carolina's 3-0 win over No. 7/7 Auburn on Sunday, April 23.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Concluded her career at South Carolina with nine top-15 marks on South Carolina's career offensive records: 13th in on-base percentage (.396), tied for 12th in doubles (36), 14th in doubles per game (0.17), 13th in home runs (16), 10th in RBI (113) and RBI per game (0.52), tied for ninth in walks (64), third in hit-by-pitches (29) and tied for ninth in sacrifice flies (7) ... A four-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll member and four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete who earned two College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 4 nods and one third-team spot on CoSIDA's Academic All-America listing in 2017.
2017 (SENIOR): Played in 58 games, starting 57 during her senior year ... Split those starts between right field (29) and designated player (28) ... Finished third on the team with a .301 batting average, and 32 RBI, but hit a team-best .340 in SEC play ... Earned (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Third Team status ... Tripled and homered, scoring twice while adding two RBI in the first Presbyterian win (2/10) ... Had two hits, both doubles in the second win over the Blue Hose (2/12) ... Scored twice in the win at Texas (2/17) ... Drove in two in the first Winthrop win (2/28) ... Went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs in the Virginia Tech victory (3/8) ... Hit a two-run homer that helped the Gamecocks win their SEC opener at No. 14/13 Tennessee (3/10) ... Knocked a two-run blast that proved to be the deciding runs in the USC Upstate triumph (3/15) ... Homered as part of a 2-for-3 day against Gardner-Webb (3/21), starting a three-game stretch of two-hit games that continued at No. 9/9 Alabama (3/24-26) ... Went 2-for-3 versus No. 7/5 Texas A&M (4/1) ... Went a season-best 3-for-3 with an RBI in the win at Mississippi State (4/7) ... Followed that with a double and an RBI in a 2-for-3 outing against the Bulldogs (4/8) ... Drove in three as part of her 2-for-3 game one in the doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern (4/18) ... Doubled and drove in two in the Sunday win over No. 7/7 Auburn (4/23) ... Her solo home run started the scoring in the Friday night win at No. 22/25 Georgia (4/28) ... Went 2-for-3 in the finale in Athens, starting a two-out rally with a double that put the Gamecocks ahead for good in the win (4/30) ... Also drove in two in the game-one win against No. 18/19 LSU (5/5) ... Hit a three-run home run in the NCAA Tucson Regional-opening win against St. Francis (5/19) ... Reached base in all four games of the Tucson Regional, including going 2-for-3 in the elimination-game win against the Red Flash (5/20) ... Also had the only Gamecock hit in Saturday's first game against No. 5/5 Arizona (5/20), with the double coming with two down in the seventh ... Also picked for CoSIDA's Academic All-District 4 team while earning NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors and SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll distinction.
2016 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 50 games, starting 36 as the designated player ... Her 10 doubles and 12 hit-by-pitches ranked third on the team ... Homered in the first win of the year at USF (2/12) ... That started a seven-game hitting streak (2/12-21) ... Doubled in four-straight games, closing the stretch with two in a 3-for-4, three-RBI contest against UNCG (2/19) ... Drove in two and added a double in the Winthrop win (2/21) ... Hit an eight-inning double that set up the winner in the SIUE contest (3/8) ... Walked and had a hit in the finale at No. 3/3 Auburn (3/26) ... Tallied a pinch-hit RBI double in the Friday night win at Arkansas (4/8) ... Provided the only run with a round-tripper as part of a 2-for-3 day in the win at USC Upstate (4/13) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Sunday win over Mississippi (4/17) ... Went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in the elimination game against No. 24/24 USF in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional (5/21) ... Provided the lone run with a sacrifice fly against No. 7/7 Florida State (5/22) in Sunday's championship game ... Garnered recognition both as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and as a member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Started 51 games, splitting time at designated player and right field ... Finished second on the team with 38 RBI, nine doubles and a .317 batting average ... Her 0.70 RBI per game ranks 10th in South Carolina single-season history ... Drove in three runs and hit a homer in the Longwood win (2/8) ... Posted two doubles and drove in a run in the comeback win over College of Charleston (2/14) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the victory over Stanford (2/20) ... Had a two-run home run in the Tennessee State triumph (3/1) ... Tallied hits in all three games at No. 23/23 Texas A&M (3/20-22) ... Homered in the second win vs. North Florida (3/26) ... Compiled her first four-hit day, going 4-for-5 with a career-best five RBI in the victory at UNC Wilmington (3/31) ... Followed that with three RBI vs. College of Charleston (4/1) and two against No. 3/3 Florida (4/3) ... Went 3-for-4 with a three-run round-tripper in the series clincher vs. Arkansas (4/12) ... Had two hits in both halves of the doubleheader at No. 14/16 Kentucky (4/18) ... Also had two hits in both wins at Mississippi (4/24-26), driving in a run in each while scoring twice in the second game ... Her three-run double provided the winning margin in the SEC Tournament victory over No. 22/25 Texas A&M ... Doubled and drove in a run in each of the first two games of the Tallahassee Regional, going 2-for-2 against Dartmouth (5/15-16) ... A NFCA Scholar-Athlete and a member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (FRESHMAN): Started 44 games and played in six others ... Drew most of her starts as the designated player but also played at both infield corners ... Hit .294 on the season with four home runs and 22 RBI ... Ranks 15th in Gamecock history for her 0.44 walks per game on the season ... Posted her first career RBI and hit in the UNC Greensboro win (2/9) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the victory at Florida Atlantic (2/16) ... Walked twice against Ball State (2/28) ... Tallied two hits in two trips to the plate on Sunday at No. 11/11 Alabama (3/9) ... Also went 2-for-2 in her next SEC action against No. 13/15 Texas A&M (3/14) ... Reached base in 10-consecutive games from March 21-April 1, starting with the series at No. 4/3 Tennessee (3/21-23) ... After walking twice in the first game of the doubleheader, homered in game two against Furman (3/25), her first career round-tripper ... Posted 2-for-4 games in the first two against Mississippi (3/29), doubling and hitting a homer with two RBI in the second game ... Hit a grand slam in the Presbyterian win (4/1) to close the stretch ... Started her first game at first base and went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the win over No. --/24 LSU (4/20) ... Went 2-for-2 with two RBI in the triumph over Longwood (4/25) before walking twice in the second outing against the Lancers (4/26) ... In the SEC Tournament game against No. 22/21 Auburn (5/7), hit a homer and drove in two in a 2-for-3 outing ... Injured in warm-ups prior to the second game of the Tallahassee Regional, taking her out of the lineup for both of Saturday's games ... Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and garnered NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors as well.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned five letters in softball at Palmetto High School ... Two-time All-State player by both the High School Sports Report and the South Carolina Coaches Association for Women's Sports ... Four-time all-area selection by the Anderson Independent ... Helped her team win the state 2A title as a junior, hitting 10 homers and driving in 47 runs with a .563 batting average ... Hit .507 as a senior and .603 as a sophomore ... 2012 second-team MaxPreps Small Schools High School All-American ... Played on the South Carolina Bandits travel-ball team ... Part of the team that finished in the top 10 at the Triple Crown Fireworks Tournament in 2012, earning an all-star nod ... Also played basketball two years, earning all-region accolades as a freshman ... A member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish National Honor Society and student council ... Earned the US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award ... Graduated with honors ... Earned the Teaching Fellows award, Life Scholarship, and Bower Scholar Award.
PERSONAL: Victoria Ruth Williams, the daughter of Philip and Eunice, has one sister, Elizabeth ... Picked South Carolina over Mississippi State and Furman ... Says Tim Tebow is her favorite athlete ... Likes Japanese food ... Mentions her parents have pushed her to be her best in softball and emphasized the importance of hard work in influencing her career ... Majoring in elementary education.
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