South Carolina defeated Charleston Southern 10-6 on Friday in the season opener for both squads.
The win started off new head coach Beverly Smith's tenure on the right foot, joining six of her predecessors in winning their first game.
Athletics Director Eric Hyman threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game at Beckham Field.
Shortstop Samie Garcia went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple, a stolen base and a run scored.
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Designated player Laura Mendes reached base in all three plate appearances and drove in two runs with her two-run blast in the third.
Senior catcher P.J. Fulmer also drove in a pair of runs, while junior outfielder Kaitlin Westfall went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Junior second basemanEvan Childs scored twice, while freshman Chelsea Hawkins and junior first baseman Molly Brossart both added doubles.
South Carolina takes on Furman and Coastal Carolina at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, on Saturday in the second day of the Palmetto State Showdown.