The Gamecocks won their first 13 games by scoring seven or more runs.
Winning five-consecutive games (2/24-3/3) by the run rule is the best as far as those records go (since 1995). The previous best stretch of run-rule wins came in 1995.
South Carolina's leadoff batter has reached 48.1 percent of the time so far in 2013, second in the SEC.
The Gamecock pitchers have walked 2.06 batters per seven innings, which ranks fourth in the SEC.
In four of the 11 losses, the Gamecocks drew one or no walks. Only once in a win (0 vs. Villanova) did South Carolina walk less than two times.
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.
Also recording their first shutouts as Gamecocks this year were sophomore Katelynn Howser (vs. Buffalo) and freshman Katie Marks (vs. Florida International).
Gamecock pinch hitters are 9-for-24 (.375) at the plate and reach base at a .483 clip, drawing four walks and taking one hit by pitch.
Single-Season Record Already Fallen; Others to Watch
Junior second baseman Dana Hathorn has already broken the single-season hit-by-pitch mark, getting plunked 12 times this year through 29 games.
Senior shortstop Samie Garcia has six triples on the year, tying for 14th in Gamecock history. Her next would join her with Dana Fulmer (1995), Tiff Tootle (1993) and Jana Zimmerman (1992) with seven in a year.
Junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins made it a 13-way tie for 15th place with six homers already this season. Her next ties her for 10th with five other players.
Junior Ashlyn Masters has three sacrifice flies, good to tie for 12th on the single-season list. Another would tie her for seventh with six others.
Garcia's 15 stolen bases is tied for 13th in a single season with five other players. One more ties former teammate Hannah Milks for 12th.
Some Single-Game Marks Rewritten in 2013
South Carolina beat Alabama State 29-0 (5) on March 2, setting a new NCAA-era record for runs in a game and tying the program record for margin of victory.
The Gamecocks tied their high of 25 RBI in that Alabama State contest.
Sophomore Olivia Lawrence broke the runs-scored record against the Hornets, crossing home five times.
Chelsea Hawkins tied the single-game homer record with two blasts against Kennesaw State, also on March 2.
South Carolina opens the 2013 season with 22 road games (five weekends + one midweek DH) 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.
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.
The Gamecocks lost their first two TV contests to No. 4/6 Alabama and No. 13/12 LSU. Friday's game at Missouri is being televised on FOX Sports South.
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 (.365), second in on-base percentage (.435) and fourth in slugging percentage (.537).
After her triple at No. 13/12 LSU (3/24), Garcia stands alone in seventh with 11 in her career.
Garcia is also fifth in hit-by-pitches (14), 13th in runs (108), tied for 14th in homers (11), and tied for 14th in total bases (246).
Currently, Garcia ranks as the 17th toughest Gamecock in recorded history to strike out, going 13.88 at bats per strikeout.
In the per-game categories, she's second in hits (1.19), third in runs (0.77), fifth in triples (0.08), eighth in home runs (0.08), 10th in walks (0.32) and 11th in doubles (0.18).
She stole four bases in the Stetson Lead-Off Classic to move into the top 10 in that category. Now with 15 on the year, she's tied for sixth in career stolen bases (41) and second in stolen bases per game (0.29).
In Wins and Losses, Who Stands Out?
As a team, the Gamecocks slug .583 in wins and .366 in losses and reach base at a .469 clip in wins and just .329 in losses.
If Alaynie Page gets on base, South Carolina is successful. She holds a .521 on-base percentage in wins and a .273 mark in losses. The same could be said for Kristen Struett (.474 to .216) and Chelsea Hawkins (.462 to .308).
Audrey Broyles is 2.54 earned runs better (2.00 to 4.54) in wins than losses, while Katie Marks is 2.77 earned runs better in the same formula (2.36 to 5.13).