Less than two weeks remain in the regular season as the lady gamecocks look to finish strong heading into the conference tournament and do not plan on slowing down with the Women’s College World Series in less than a month. The team is currently ranked 13th in the nation with a 41-11 record and have already surpassed their win total from last year with four games remaining.
“The hard work and mentality these girls bring with them everyday has been the driving force behind this team,” said Beverley Smith, head coach, in regards to the difference between this year and last.
“Playing in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), no win comes easy. With 12 teams representing the SEC in the tournament last year, one of our greatest accomplishments this year was being able to sweep Tennessee,” said Smith. “Winning any conference game is great, but being able to sweep someone inside the conference is all the more special,”.
Junior outfielder, Kennedy Clark, a native of Chino Hills, California, chose to come to the University of South Carolina, wanting a change in experience and culture along with great staff that welcomed her with open-arms making the move all that much more easier.
Clark describes being a student athlete at the university as “Being able to find a middle ground between balancing school work, athletics and a social life,” the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“Being a student athlete, brings on a lot of responsibility and requires us to get the work we miss in class, done on the long bus rides,” said Clark.
Coming off a great week, Clark had a .683 batting average helping lead the team to three major victories against Missouri. With eyes on the coming weeks, Clark is very eager to help lead the team deep into the postseason.