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Feb. 4, 2015


Gamecock History

  • Four-year letter-winner 2009-12
  • 2012 First-Team All-SEC
  • 2012 Second-Team Easton All-America
  • Four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member
  • 2011-12 NFCA Scholar-Athlete
  • Led the team in batting average and triples in 2011-12


  • Lauren Lackey played all four years at South Carolina, bouncing between the three outfield spots early before taking over centerfield her final two seasons.
  • Her most memorable moment was playing at UC Riverside her senior year in front of around 50 friends and family members.
  • “Looking up into the stands from the dugout, seeing so many people there for me was extremely emotional and humbling.
  • Lackey finished that season with a .401 batting average, the first .400 batting average for a Gamecock since 1999.

Current Life

  • Married in Nov., the former Lackey is now Lauren Hambright.
  • They live in Wildomar, Calif., about 15 minutes from her hometown of Lake Elsinore.
  • The Hambrights met in middle school but did not start dating until college, with her at South Carolina and Ryan a baseball player at Oregon.
  • She earned her masters on Dec. 12, 2014 in exercise science and health from California University of Pennsylvania.
  • Currently she serves as a substitute teacher, the assistant varsity softball coach at her high school, a private softball tutor while also leading some personal training sessions.
  • Hambright is grateful that she works inside of her passions: helping kids, softball and fitness.
  • She now will try to get her teaching credentials to become a full-time teacher, hoping to teach high school exercise science or nutrition.

Interview conducted by Courtney Conover