Ten student-athletes garner NFCA Scholar-Athlete accolades
A group of former and current South Carolina softball student-athletes spoke at final practice before DYBSL World Series
South Carolina ranks second among SEC on this list
Gamecocks Samie Garcia and Lauren Lackey both get two hits in the loss
Senior third baseman Evan Childs went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the setback
Photos from the Senior Day ceremony and the final game at the current setup of Beckham Field.
Photos from the 4-2 loss to the Lady Vols
South Carolina Wins 9-1
Pictures from the game one win over Longwood on March 31, 2012
Some shots from the Gamecocks' SEC opener against the Razorbacks
CAREER: Closed her four years ranked eighth in doubles per game (0.18), tied for 13th in both doubles (33) and homers (11), 13th in slugging percentage (.426) and tied for 15th in homers per game (0.06) ... Also tied for second on the career hit-by-pitches chart (17) ... Leads the SEC-era outfielders with 1.67 putouts per game and fourth on the putouts chart (234) ... Fourth in career outfield assists (16) and outfield fielding percentage (.973).
2012 (SENIOR): Started all 55 games in left field for the Gamecocks ... Led the team and the SEC with 18 doubles while also topping the squad with 19 walks ... Ranked third in on-base percentage (.401) and fourth in both batting average (.308) and slugging percentage (.513) ... Tied for third in runs scored (27) and total bases (80) and tied for second in RBI (29) and HBPs (6) ... Advanced runners at a .566 clip, second best on the team ... Made 112 catches in the outfield, breaking the SEC-era record by 15 putouts in two less games ... Her 2.04 putouts per game also top the single-season charts ... Threw out eight runners for the second-consecutive year, also second on the single-season outfield assists listing ... Tied the game with a two-RBI double against Western Kentucky (2/11) to go with an RBI triple earlier ... Had two two-double games, both in the Florida International Blue & Gold Feisberg Memorial ... The first game in the win over Illinois-Chicago (2/18), while she closed the trip to Miami with two more in a 3-for-4 outing against Villanova (2/19) ... Had two RBI as well against the Wildcats ... Had homers in both games on March 2 in the Highlander Classic against Portland State and Maine ... Had hits in all three games against Arkansas, including a 2-for-4 outing in the finale (3/11), scoring twice while wrapping a double ... Combined to go 4-for-6 with five runs, seven RBI and two homers in the doubleheader against Longwood (3/31), including a grand slam in the nightcap ... Went 3-for-4 with a double in the finale at Kentucky (4/8) ... Perfect 5-for-5 at the plate during the first two games against No. 8/7 Tennessee (4/20-21), posting a double in each game ... Her final double came in the penultimate game of her career at Mississippi (5/5) ... A member of the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Also honored as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete.
2011 (JUNIOR): Started 52 games and played in one other ... Of those starts, 49 came in left, with the other three coming at designated player ... Led the Gamecocks in slugging percentage (.473) and home runs (5) ... Posted a .300 batting average, third best on the team, while her .378 on-base percentage stood fourth ... Hit for the cycle during the first three games of the Palmetto State Showdown, including a 2-for-4 effort that had the triple and the homer against Furman (2/12) ... Drove in two runs in the win at Charlotte (2/23) ... Scored twice during a 2-for-3 day vs. Providence (3/5) ... Went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI against Stony Brook (3/6) ... Crossed home a personal-best three times, drove in two runs and hit a homer in the sweep-clinching win over Ole Miss (3/13) ... Came back strong after an injury ended her consecutive-starts streak at 60 games with a seven-game hitting streak, tied for the third longest on the team ... Started it at USC Upstate (4/13) and capped it with a 2-for-3, two-run, two-RBI game against No. 20 Kentucky (4/23) in the series opener, adding a triple and a homer ... Tallied a 2-for-3 day against Winthrop (5/4), hitting her fifth homer of the year and driving in three runs ... Posted the final of her 13 multi-hit games of the year at No. 21 LSU (5/7) ... Had a team-best eight outfield assists while posting a .988 fielding percentage in left, committing only one error on the year ... Earned a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): A member of the 2010 SEC Softball Community Service Team and the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll ... Started 40 times and played in 47 games overall ... Drew 32 starts in left field ... Also served as the backup catcher, appearing twice behind the plate ... Struggled out of the gate but came on with a 3-for-3 outing with a double and an RBI in the second game against Arkansas (3/17) ... Blasted her first career home run at No. 22 North Carolina (3/30) ... Went 1-for-2 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI in the win over Mississippi State (4/18) ... Had doubles in the final two games at No. 12/10 Georgia (4/24-25).
2009 (FRESHMAN): Earned placement on the 2008-09 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll ... Played in 31 games, starting 12 times ... Of those starts, 11 came as the designated player with one coming in right field ... Hit .162 on the season, scoring seven runs ... Six of those runs came during the first half of the season when she was utilized mostly as a pinch runner ... The second of those came in the ninth against No. 25 Kansas, handing the Gamecocks the walk-off win ... Went 2-for-8 as a pinch hitter ... Collected her first career hit off the bench in game two against Mississippi (3/18) ... Had a bases-loaded pinch-hit triple to break open the Gamecocks' win at Auburn (3/29) ... Started the next seven games, getting hits in consecutive games against Coastal Carolina (4/7) and against No. 4 Alabama (4/10) ... Served as the designated player during Alumni Day against Kentucky (5/2), going 2-for-6 with two doubles in the twinbill.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered five times in softball for coach Lee Whatley at Mount de Sales Academy ... An all-state selection twice and an all-region honoree four times ... Named to the first-team All-Middle Georgia in 2008 ... Holds 13 Cavalier records ... Hit .506 as a senior, scoring 25 runs in the process...As a junior, hit .300, which followed her .348 mark as a sophomore ... Batted .300 as a freshman and .320 when in eighth grade ... Won the Georgia state title in 2008 ... Also earned five letters in basketball and three in track ... An all-region and all-state player one season on the court, while she helped her 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams finish second in the state ... Won the Georgia Wendy's High School Heisman Award ... A member of the National Honor Society that earned academic honors in four years ... Voted the best female athlete at Mount de Sales ... Served as vice president of the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Played travel ball with the Georgia Reign under coach Dennis Smith.
PERSONAL: Kaitlin Elizabeth Westfall was born in Macon, Ga., to parents are Brian and Deb Westfall ... Has one sister, Lauren ... Says Cat Osterman is her favorite athlete ... Lists her greatest athletic thrill as driving in the game-winning run over the four-time state champs ... Chose South Carolina over Tennessee Tech and Georgia State ... Majored in exercise science ... A two-year member of SAAC and served as the group's treasurer in 2011-12.