South Carolina earned its first ranking in the final poll of a season under head coach Beverly Smith, as the Gamecocks tied for 25th in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today Poll.
Finishing the year with a 34-25 overall record, the Gamecocks took 32 points in the final vote, tying SEC rival Georgia for the final spot in the rankings. The 2017 season saw South Carolina advance into the regional finals for the third time under Smith. The 2017 Gamecocks posted the fifth-best slugging percentage in school history (.430) while tying for third on the single-season home run charts with 45.
South Carolina played 12 of the 26 teams in the final rankings, including national runner-up Florida and Women’s College World Series participants UCLA, LSU and Texas A&M.
South Carolina was last ranked in a postseason poll after the 2007 year, the last time the Gamecocks advanced into super regionals.
The Gamecocks also appeared in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll results, ranking second among other teams receiving votes.