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June 5, 2015


Gamecock History

  • Four-year letter-winner 1992-95
  • Two-time NFCA All-Region pitcher (1994 first team, 1995 second team)
  • South Carolina’s career wins leader (102)
  • Second in SC history in appearances (155), starts (131) and fewest walks per 7 innings (1.15)
  • Tossed three no-hitters and five one-hitters in her career


  • Darlene Gareis came to Columbia from Pennsville, N.J., after connecting with coach Joyce Compton over her roots in the Garden State.
  • One of her favorite memories came from tying and breaking a record on the same day in a doubleheader.
  • That record, the wins record, came on Senior Day 1995 in a doubleheader against Furman, becoming the first Gamecock with 100 victories in the circle.
  • She loves the alumni outreach the team is doing, making her and others still feel a part of the program.

Current Life

  • Gareis, now Truesdale, is married and lives in Chapin, S.C.
  • Her and her husband have twins and three cats.
  • The twins are battery-mates; Haley is a catcher, and Tracy pitches.
  • Truesdale works at a fastpitch academy and with senior citizens in the county for the recreation department.

Interview conducted by Aubrey Rabun