Conference: Southeastern Conference
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Head Coach: Beverly Smith (8th Season, 278-196, Same)
Stadium (Capacity): Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field (1,400)
Colors: Garnet and Black
2018 Overall Record: 49-17
2018 Conference Record (Finish): 15-9 (3rd)
2018 Postseason: NCAA Super Regionals
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The Gamecocks were picked last preseason to finish 12th in the powerful SEC, but they shocked the masses by finishing third. The program is certainly set in the circle as all three primary pitchers return: Cayla Drotar (21-7, 2.25 ERA), Kelsey Oh (14-5, 1.92 ERA, 135 Ks in 138.2 IP) and Dixie Raley (14-5, 2.09 ERA). South Carolina added a key transfer late in the summer cycle in sophomore Kate Prebble; she played at Gardner Webb and was the Big South Player of the Year after notching 23 home runs and 71 RBI. Mackenzie Boesel hit .360 as a sophomore with 53 runs, 47 RBI and 29 extra-base hits; Drotar also hit .268 and slugged 10 home runs.