The Gamecocks have won all eight games when they have scored eight or more runs. The team has not won a game scoring less than eight.
South Carolina's leadoff batter has reached 63.6 percent of the time so far in 2013.
In two of the three losses, the Gamecocks drew one or no walks. South Carolina pitchers gave up five and three walks in two of the losses, two of their three highest outputs this year.
The three setbacks also hold three of the highest five strikeout totals for South Carolina batters.
In the win over Radford (2/24), redshirt senior Audrey Broyles tossed her first shutout since Feb. 26, 2011 against Elon. This was a three-hitter to defeat the defending Big South regular-season champs.
The 17 runs in the Charleston Southern win (2/24) is the most a Gamecock team has scored in the Southeastern Conference era, with the 14-run margin the best for an SC team in a win since a 15-1 win over Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 27, 2010.
Postcards from Orlando
Sophomore pitcher Katelynn Howser garnered her first career shutout in the Gamecocks' 8-0 (5) win over Buffalo, giving up only one hit.
It was the first one-hitter for a Gamecock hurler since 2011, when Julie Sarratt did it against Coastal Carolina (4/11/11), and the 56th since 1995 for South Carolina.
Samie Garcia tripled in each of the last four games, matching her 2012 total in those four games.
Opening Weekend Notes
South Carolina scored 52 runs on the opening weekend of 2013, picking up two run-rule victories while scoring double-figures in all four games.
It ranks as the first time the Gamecocks have scored double-figure runs in four-consecutive games in the NCAA era (since 1982).
The only other time in the NCAA era that the Gamecocks scored double figures in three-straight games was 1995 (10 at Virginia, 11 vs. George Mason and 11 vs. USF).
Twice have the Gamecocks scored more than 52 runs in a four-game stretch: 1988 (55 vs. North Carolina, Georgia Southern twice and McNeese State) and 1996 (62 vs. Coppin State and Virginia twice each).
The 15 runs in the lidlifter against Stetson is the most in a season opener in the program's NCAA era.
The two run-rule wins to start the year matches the 1993, 1996 and 2004 squads.
On three occasions, Gamecock student-athletes tied the school record in runs scored. Twice, Samie Garcia accomplished the feat on Feb. 9, while Alaynie Page did it as well in the second game (vs. Stetson, Feb. 9).
Samie Garcia reached base in each of her first 10 plate appearances.
Samie Garcia entered 2013 on many top 15 career lists at South Carolina, and her performance so far in 2013 has helped her leap up the charts.
She's second in batting average (.373), second in on-base percentage (.442) and third in slugging percentage (.557).
After triples in the last four games of the UCF Holiday Inn Select Tournament, Garcia is tied for seventh in that career category with 10.
Garcia also stands fourth in hit-by-pitches (14), tied for 13th in homers (11) and 18th in runs (94).
Currently, Garcia ranks as the 14th toughest Gamecock in recorded history to strike out, going 14.70 at bats per strikeout.
In the per-game categories, she's second in hits (1.21), third in runs (0.77), fifth in home runs (0.09) fifth in triples (0.08) and 13th in doubles (0.16).
She stole four bases in the Stetson Lead-Off Classic to move into the top 10 in that category. Now with nine on the year, she's seventh in stolen bases (32) and third in stolen bases per game (0.29).
South Carolina opens the 2013 season with 23 scheduled road games (five weekends) and 29 of 32 due to ongoing construction at the new Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
The 1997 team spent 23 of its first 26 games away from home in the most similar stretch in the Gamecocks' SEC-era history.
The 1988 squad played its first 31 games away from Columbia (six weeks on the road), while the 1987 team spent its first 20 games traveling (10 days).
The Gamecocks have 31 of their 53 scheduled games against teams who made the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including Sunday's game against 2012 SoCon Tournament champ Georgia Southern.
All 24 SEC games are against NCAA tourney participants.
Four of South Carolina's SEC games will be on television, including one on national outlet ESPNU.