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Softball Set For Three Games In Two Days
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Softball Set For Three Games In Two Days

Carolina to welcome Gardner-Webb and Charlotte to Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. —- No. 20 South Carolina softball is set for three games in two days starting Tuesday with a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+ with the second game schedule to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of that contest and will also stream on SECN+.
The 10-game home stand continues on Wednesday as the Gamecocks play host to Charlotte and South Carolina alumna Ashley Chastain. First pitch on Wednesday is set for 3:30 p.m. on SECN+. Live stats for both games will be provided through 

  • There’s no way around it, last week was tough as the Gamecocks posted a 1-3 record with an SEC opening series matchup against No. 19 Arkansas.
  • Kenzi Maguire led the way at the plate with six hits on her way to a .500 batting average with five runs, a home run, a double and five RBI. She posted a .571 on-base percentage.
  • As a team, Carolina still outscored Georgia Southern and No. 19 Arkansas 17-15.
  • Katie Prebble and Maguire had a team-best five RBI in the four games.
  • Cayla Drotar made her return to the diamond in four games with eight at-bats and four innings pitched.
  • Bailey Betenbaugh held opposing batters to a .150 batting average in 5.2 innings of work with six strikeouts and no runs allowed.
  • Mackenzie Boesel posted two doubles against No. 19 Arkansas on her way to the 59th of her career, setting the new school record for doubles in a career. The previous record stood for 23 years.
  • Carolina broke the school record for consecutive days ranked by the NFCA on Sunday as it was the 1,118th-straight day it had been ranked.


  • South Carolina softball has made 22 trips to the postseason, a number that started in 1982. The Gamecocks have reached two super regionals and three WCWS. In conference play, Carolina owns two SEC Championships.
  • Carolina rolls into the 2021 season with a 45-48 record all-time in those crucial postseason games and a 14-15 mark under Beverly Smith.
  • Fans and opponents have become accustomed to seeing the Gamecocks play on Sundays in the postseason. Carolina has reached the regional final four-straight completed years. The Gamecocks are 2-3 in those past five Sunday games.
  • A historic trend Carolina will look to change is its record against host schools in regionals. Since 1982, the Gamecocks are just 2-11 against host schools and 0-7 under Smith. On the flip side, South Carolina is 4-2 at home in the postseason under Smith having advanced to just the program’s second super regional in 2018 with two win-or-go-home games against Liberty.



  • South Carolina will have 10 newcomers on the 2021 roster. The group (Maddie GallagherCarlie HendersonKylee GleasonZoe LaneauxAaliyah WhiteSkylar TrahanLeah PowellCarly RobbinsRiley Blampied and Chooch Carroll) bring a mix of power and speed to the plate and plenty of versatility defensively.
  • Two newcomers (Gallagher and Blampied) bring national team experience with them after playing on the gold winning U-17 squad this past summer.
  • The freshmen class is comprised of five infielders, two outfielders, two pitchers and one catcher.
  • Majors in the group include pre-business (Gallagher), retailing (Henderson, Laneaux, Trahan, Powell, Blampied and Carroll), exercise science (Gleason), cardiovascular technology (White) and biological science (Robbins).


  • They aren’t Slim Shady… but the four 2020 Carolina seniors are back to finish what they started in 2021. Cayla DrotarLauren StewartKenzi Maguire and Mackenzie Boesel all announced over the summer they’d be returning.
  • With their return, nine of the top-10 individual batting averages from the 2020 season will return for this upcoming year. The returning pitching staff of Bailey Betenbaugh, Drotar, Kelsey Oh and Rachel Vaughan bring back 12 of Carolina’s 17 wins in 2020 (71 percent) and its lone SEC winner in the circle last year (Ochs).
  • As a team, Carolina brings back 85 percent of its 2020 runs scored, 86 percent of its hits, 83 percent of its doubles, 85 percent of its home runs and 87 percent of its RBI.
  • Boesel returns looking to secure her spot as one of the all-time greats at Carolina. She comes into her final season as one of just five Gamecocks ever to be in the top-10 for 10 or more career offensive records and is on pace to break many of them. Off the field, she’s also a three-time Academic All-American.


  • South Carolina will have at least one student-athlete on from the state of California for the 26th-consecutive year dating back to 1994 in 2021. With a signing class that includes two more (Marissa Gonzalez and Emma Sellers), the streak could continue on for three decades.
  • Kenzi Maguire’s 2021 season will be her sixth season in Columbia, meaning she’s been here for more than half of the Beverly Smithera (11 years).
  • Carlie Henderson won’t be the first in her family to achieve at a high level in sports. Her grandpa, Billy Shaw, played football at Georgia Tech and went on to play offensive line for nine years with the Buffalo Bills before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Her father, Chip, played baseball at Shorter University and has been the baseball head coach at Calhoun High School for 26 years. He’s won more than 600 games with three state titles (and had eight players drafted into MLB).
  • Maddie Gallagher has actually played for one of her teammates. Maguire was her assistant coach this past year on Gallagher’s travel ball team. The team was coached by Maguire’s dad, Kevin, and was based out of Tampa, Fla., even though Gallagher lived in Port Washington, N.Y.


  • South Carolina is 188-85 (.665) at home during the Beverly Smith era, which does not include a 4-1 record at home while hosting a regional at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
  • The Gamecocks have lost more than 10 games at home in a single season just three times in her ten years.
  • Carolina has finished .500 or better at home seven of Beverly Smith‘s ten years.
  • South Carolina has not lost double digit games at home in seven years and has won 20 or more six of the past seven seasons (2020 included).


  • South Carolina is 193-50 (.780) over the past eight years in games outside the SEC. Notable wins include Texas, Penn State, Houston, Arizona State, North Carolina, Florida State, California, Virginia Tech, USF, Long Beach State, Hofstra and Liberty. 
  • The 193 wins are notable because they account for 64 percent of the Carolina wins during that time (yeah, it’s really tough to win SEC games and of course there are more opportunities to win non-conference games. But still).
  • This year Carolina is set for at least 27 more non-conference games.
  • Carolina had won 26-straight non-conference games (regular season) before the loss to Texas Tech in the second weekend of the year.