GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Joyce Compton's tenure as South Carolina softball coach came to an end Sunday with a 9-0 loss to Florida.
Compton, who announced late last month that she would step down at season's end after 24 years at the helm, finishes with a career record of 1,159-582-3 (.665) in 34 seasons at USC, Missouri and Mattatuck C.C.
She finishes 951-486-3 (.660) in 24 seasons at USC. Compton is the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win at least 950 games at one school.
Compton led the Gamecocks to 15 NCAA regionals, one Super Regional (2007) and two berths in the Women's College World Series. USC also won four SEC East title and two SEC tournament crowns during her tenure.
But USC has struggled in recent years. The loss to Florida on Sunday capped the program's third straight losing season.
USC ends this season at 11-40 overall, 1-27 in the SEC, and the Gamecocks set some dubious marks this season. The program's two longest losing streak have come this season. Earlier this year, the Gamecocks lost 11 straight before snapping it with Compton's 950th win at USC. The more-recent 13-game losing streak ended in the second game against Mississippi State on April 17.
The Gamecocks have also had a problem taking games the distance in SEC play. In 28 league game, USC had 12 games shortened via the mercy rule. That is one more than the total from the past two seasons combined.
The 40 losses are a new low for Carolina, and the squad has now reached 30 losses twice in the 37-year history of the program.
In Sunday's game, Florida starter Stephanie Brombacher (28-5) tossed a one-hitter, and Aja Paculba and Kelsey Bruder each went 2-for-2 with two runs scored to lead the Gators.
USC junior April Borchardt (4-6) allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings in the loss. Sophomore Evan Childs had the only hit for South Carolina.
TRACK AND FIELD
Gamecocks post nine wins late Saturday
At Chapel Hill, N.C., USC's track and field programs earned nine wins Saturday as the team concluded competition at the Tar Heel Invitational at North Carolina, the Orange & Blue Classic at Clemson and the Georgia Invitational in Athens.
The Gamecocks men's team posted five wins at UNC with junior Johnny Dutch sweeping the hurdle events. Freshman Andre Carter won the 400-meter dash to lead a 1-2-3 Gamecock finish. In the 200-meter dash, senior Obakeng Ngwigwa and junior Antonio Sales went 1-2. The USC men also won the 400 relay at 40.67.
The USC women posted four wins. Sophomore Kelsey McCorkle won the 200, and senior Brandi Cross claimed first in the 400 at UNC. At the Orange & Purple Classic in Clemson, sophomore Beatrice Biwott won the 3,000 steeplechase while sophomore Stacee Roberts won the shot put at the Georgia Invitational.