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.
The April 10, game-one win over Coastal Carolina stands as the 10th run-rule win for the Gamecocks this year and the first since March 8 (vs. UMass).
This is the first time since 1997 that South Carolina has recorded double-digit run-rule shortened wins.
South Carolina's leadoff batter has reached 47.7 percent of the time so far in 2013, second 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-31 (.290) at the plate and reach base at a .421 clip, drawing six 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 nine offensive categories entering the weekend, and she stands in the top 15 in numerous career listings.
She's third in batting average (.367), second in on-base percentage (.435) and fourth in slugging percentage (.543).
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), 11th in total bases (272), 12th in runs (116), tied for 12th in homers (12) and 19th in doubles (28).
Currently, Garcia ranks as the 15th toughest Gamecock in recorded history to strike out, going 14.31 at bats per strikeout.
In the per-game categories, she's second in hits (1.21), third in runs (0.76), fifth in triples (0.08), seventh in doubles (0.18), eighth in home runs (0.08), 11th in walks (0.31) and 17th 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 17 on the year, she's tied for fifth in career stolen bases (43) and third in stolen bases per game (0.28).
Schedule Has Not Been Kind to Gamecocks
South Carolina opened the 2013 season with 22 road games (five weekends + one midweek DH) and 29 of 32 outside Columbia due to ongoing construction at 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 42 games, South Carolina has played 28 against top-100 RPI opponents, going 11-17 in those contests.
Of the 11 games left, nine pit the Gamecocks against top-100 RPI foes, including this weekend's foe Auburn (65). Those nine are all in SEC play (Mississippi State 28, Florida 2).
The first 12 SEC games came against top-20 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.
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.
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 19 times this year through 42 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 six-way tie for 10th place with seven homers already this season. Her next ties her with four others for sixth.
Sophomore centerfielder Kristen Struett is tied for 12th with 39 RBI in a season. Her next ties her for eighth with four other players, including former teammate Evan Childs, who had 40 last year.
Redshirt senior Kelley Dillon has been hit seven times this year, tying for third on the single-season listing behind her teammate Hathorn and Kristin Hall (8, 2005).
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 17 stolen bases is tied for 10th in a single season with Toinette Reed and Tricia Popowski. Two more would knot Garcia with Tina Plew and Christie Dammer in eighth.
In Wins and Losses, What Stands Out?
As a team, the Gamecocks slug .578 in wins and .331 in losses and reach base at a .469 clip in wins and just .314 in losses.
If Kristen Struett gets on base, South Carolina is successful. She holds a .461 on-base percentage in wins and a .219 mark in losses. The same could be said for Alaynie Page (.489 to .268) and Chelsea Hawkins (.446 to .270).
Audrey Broyles is 3.84 earned runs better (2.35 to 6.19) in wins than losses, while Katie Marks is 3.28 earned runs better in the same formula (2.33 to 5.61).
Julie Sarratt has a 23/9 K/BB ratio in 32.1 innings in wins, and a 17/21 mark in 37.2 innings in losses.
Diving Deeper into Gamecock Pitchers
The Gamecocks have their most trouble in the fourth inning, with opponents scoring 41 runs and the staff tallying a 5.83 ERA in the middle frame.
The sixth isn't much better, with a 5.14 ERA and 31 runs scored in 32.2 innings.
Audrey Broyles has her highest strikeout rate (4.8 per 7 IP) with runners in scoring position.
With two strikes, opponents are 22-of-128 (.172) against Broyles.
Freshman Katie Marks has a strikeout rate of 7.9 with runners on and two outs and 7.7 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Marks likes a clean slate, with foes batting .238 against her in leadoff situations and .218 when the bases are empty.
When Marks gets batters to two strikes, they are 23-of-138 (.167) at the plate.
Marks polishes off hitters at 1-2 best, with 18 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 .158 in those situations. They also hit .118 in bases-loaded spots against Sarratt.
Nine newcomers join the roster, including six freshmen, a sophomore transfer and two junior-college transfers.
The team is again dominated by South Carolina natives, with 40 percent of the roster hailing from the Palmetto State.
The Masters sisters Ashlyn and Lauren are the first siblings to play on the same Gamecock team and the second set ever in the program's recorded history, after the Troesh sisters, Leanna (1997-99) and Debralee (2000-03).
While not a Gamecock, Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the cousin of Samie Garcia.
The Last Meeting
April 27, 2012
Broyles Tosses Gem in 1-0 Friday Setback to Auburn
A stellar performance from Gamecock redshirt junior Audrey Broyles fell a little short, as Auburn (29-19, 8-15 SEC) used a fourth-inning Amber Harrison homer to claim a 1-0 win over South Carolina (23-27, 3-20 SEC) in front of 714 fans at Beckham Field on Friday night.