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 46.5 percent of the time so far in 2013, third in the SEC.
The Gamecocks won their first 13 games by scoring seven or more runs.
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-30 (.300) at the plate and reach base at a .417 clip, drawing five walks and taking one hit by pitch.
Senior shortstop Samie Garcia became the first Gamecock under Beverly Smith to be selected in the NPF Draft, going with the 14th overall selection (second of the fourth round) to the NY/NJ Comets in the April 1 event.
Garcia leads the Gamecocks in 10 offensive categories entering the week, and she stands in the top 15 in numerous career listings.
She's third in batting average (.367), second in on-base percentage (.436) and fourth in slugging percentage (.542).
With seven triples on the year, Garcia is tied for fifth with 12 in her career.
Garcia is also fifth in hit-by-pitches (14), 12th in runs (113), 13th in total bases (260), tied for 14th in homers (11) and 19th in doubles (27).
Currently, Garcia ranks as the 17th toughest Gamecock in recorded history to strike out, going 13.71 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), seventh in doubles (0.18), 10th in home runs (0.07), 10th in walks (0.31) and 16th in RBI per game (0.44).
She stole four bases in the Stetson Lead-Off Classic to move into the top 10 in that category. Now with 16 on the year, she's sixth in career stolen bases (42) and third in stolen bases per game (0.29).
Schedule Has Not Been Kind to Gamecocks
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.
Out of 36 games, South Carolina has had 20 games against top-100 RPI opponents, going 5-15 in those contests.
Of the 17 games left, 14 pit the Gamecocks against top-100 RPI foes, including this week's outings against Coastal Carolina (98) and Georgia (40).
The first 12 SEC games came against top-15 RPI teams in this week's report.
All 24 SEC games are against NCAA tourney participants.
One more SEC game for the Gamecocks will be televised, the April 20 contest at Auburn by national outlet ESPNU.
The Gamecocks lost their first three TV contests, all to top-15 foes.
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 13 times this year through 36 games.
Senior shortstop Samie Garcia has seven triples on the year, tying for 11th in Gamecock history. One more sees her join Tina Plew in 10th with eight in a single season.
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.
Both redshirt senior Kelley Dillon and sophomore Olivia Lawrence have been hit five times this year, making it a 12-way tie for 16th in a single season at SC.
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 16 stolen bases is tied for 12th in a single season with former teammate Hannah Milks. One more knots her with Toinette Reed and Tricia Popowski for 10th.
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.
In Wins and Losses, Who Stands Out?
As a team, the Gamecocks slug .575 in wins and .339 in losses and reach base at a .463 clip in wins and just .318 in losses.
If Kristen Struett gets on base, South Carolina is successful. She holds a .483 on-base percentage in wins and a .193 mark in losses. The same could be said for
Julie Sarratt has a 13/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings in wins, and a 12/17 mark in 28 innings in losses.
Diving Deeper into Gamecock Pitchers
The Gamecocks have their most trouble in the fourth inning, with opponents scoring 38 runs and the staff tallying a 6.42 ERA in the middle frame.
The sixth isn't much better, with a 5.51 ERA and 28 runs scored in 26.2 innings.
Redshirt senior Audrey Broyles continues to be at her best in pressure situations. Opponents hit .209 against her with runners on and two outs, while that drops to .185 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Broyles also has her highest strikeout rate (4.9 per 7 IP) with runners in scoring position.
With two strikes, opponents are 21-of-117 (.179) against Broyles.
Freshman Katie Marks has a strikeout rate of 8.0 with runners on and two outs and 7.8 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Marks likes a clean slate, with foes batting .228 against her in leadoff situations and .225 when the bases are empty.
When Marks gets batters to two strikes, they are 20-of-123 (.163) at the plate.
Marks polishes off hitters at 1-2 best, with 15 of her K's coming in that count.
Redshirt sophomore Julie Sarratt also does well with runners on and two outs, with the opposition hitting .167 in those situations. They also hit .167 in bases-loaded spots against Sarratt.
Where They Go Next on Career Charts
Five more runs move Samie Garcia into a tie with Michelle Delloso into 11th on the career charts with 118.
Seven hits ties Garcia with Karen Sanchelli for 20th on the all-time list with 183.