With the win over Florida in the final game of the regular season, South Carolina claimed a spot in the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The Gamecocks will take on host and seventh-seeded Kentucky in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
USC earned its first postseason berth since 2007, going 8-16 in SEC play and winning the tiebreaker over Mississippi State by virtue of the series sweep in Starkville a weekend ago. At 31-22, South Carolina has clinched its first winning season since 2007.
Both are the first for the Gamecocks under Beverly Smith, who is in her third year as head coach.
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Kentucky enters the tournament coming off a road series win at Alabama, pushing their record to 38-17, 13-11 in SEC play. The Wildcats came to Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field earlier this year, taking all three games in Columbia.
In SEC Tournament play, the Gamecocks are 15-15 all-time, winning the 1997 and 2000 events.
The winner of the South Carolina-Kentucky matchup faces second-seeded Tennessee on Thursday.
All nine games of the single-elimination tournament will be televised nationally, with the Gamecocks’ contest on Wednesday set for ESPNU.