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It’s been more than two decades since Kim Pietro (1996-1999) played softball for South Carolina, but she still ranks in the career top ten in a lot of categories. While records don’t last forever, Pietro is excited to be one of eight former Gamecocks to be immortalized in October as part of the 2023 class of the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
“When the call came to be in the Hall of Fame, it became real,” said Pietro, who was a three-time First Team All-SEC and NFCA All-Region selection while earning All-American honors as a senior. “The recognition and validation is certainly great. Few things are forever, so this feels very special, and I must thank my teammates as softball is a team sport and I was fortunate to play among the best.”
Pietro led the Gamecocks to three NCAA Regional appearances in four years, including a berth in the 1997 Women’s College World Series. Her best season came in 1999 when she was named the SEC Softball Player of the Year and earned first-team NFCA All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors after leading the team in batting average (.419), hits (83), runs (42) and doubles (16). Pietro still ranks in the school’s all-time top-10 list in numerous categories, including batting average (.346), hits (227), runs (135), doubles (55), triples (12) and total bases (348). In addition, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. In 2012, Pietro was selected to represent South Carolina for the women’s SEC Legend Award.
Former Gamecock Softball Teammates Sondra Hall, Nikki Beers, Trinity Johnson, and KimPietro.
Originally from New Jersey, she came to South Carolina in part because of the softball program and the leadership of former head coach Joyce Compton.
“South Carolina and head coach Joyce Compton provided me with opportunities, experiences and discipline that continue to drive my career and athletic endeavors today,” Pietro said. “My experience at USC, playing in the World Series, competing, my friendships; they were a culture that is unmatched in any other life arena. The conditioning, the practice, the…