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Watson to Pitch for Gamecocks this Spring

Former Pitt Community College softball pitcher Charity Watson is taking her talents to the Southeastern Conference this spring after signing with the University of South Carolina.

South Carolina softball coach Beverly Smith said she was excited about Watson, a two-time Region X Conference Pitcher of the Year, joining the Gamecocks’ roster in 2012.

“(Charity) will be a great addition to the pitching staff,” Smith said. “She is an experienced pitcher and had achieved a tremendous amount of success at Pitt Community College. I am looking to draw from both her experience and success in the circle for the next two years. She is a fierce competitor on the mound and will be fun to watch."

In 89 appearances with the Bulldogs over two seasons, Watson posted a 63-12 record with 832 strikeouts. The Washington native helped lead Pitt to a pair of Region X Conference titles and consecutive appearances in the NJCAA Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship in Utah.

As a freshman, Watson went 31-5 and recorded a 0.42 earned run average—second-best among the nation’s Division I junior college pitchers—in 250.2 innings of work.

She led the NJCAA with a 0.50 ERA as a sophomore, going 32-7 and allowing just 66 hits in 225.2 innings.

Six times, she was named the NJCAA’s Division I Player of the Week during her two seasons with Pitt.

South Carolina begins its 39th season of intercollegiate softball in early February.