LSU Lady Tigers softball

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LSU Tigers softball
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
University Louisiana State University
Conference SEC
Western Division
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Head coach Beth Torina (5th year)
Home stadium Tiger Park (Capacity: 1,289 (1,200 additional seats on the Tiger Park Terrace)
Nickname Tigers
Colors Purple and Gold[1]
         
WCWS Appearances
2001, 2004, 2012, 2015, 2016
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament Champions
1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
Conference Champions
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004

The LSU Tigers[n 1] softball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I college softball. The team participates in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and plays home games in Tiger Park. LSU has won five SEC championships and has been to the Women's College World Series five times. The team is currently coached by Beth Torina.

History[edit]

LSU softball had its beginnings in 1979 with a team coached by Carol Smith. However, after only three seasons, LSU decided to disband its softball program. In 1997 the Southeastern Conference decided to begin sponsoring softball, partly to help member institutions to comply with Title IX. LSU softball was reborn and quickly became one of the best teams not only in the conference, but in the nation. Since 1997, LSU has won 9 Western Division titles, 5 regular season SEC championships and 5 SEC tournament championships which is more than any other school in the conference. LSU has also appeared in 5 Women's College World Series and 17 NCAA tournaments. On June 9, 2011, the University announced long-time Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy as the new skipper of the LSU softball program. However, three days later, Murphy announced that he had changed his mind and would remain at Alabama. Beth Torina, coach at Florida International University (FIU), was hired a short time later and has since led the program to three Women's College World Series appearances in her first five years at the helm.

The program earned its 1,000th victory on May 1, 2016 after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 9-1[3] in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Tigers have posted an impressive 11 seasons of at least 50 wins. The team has finished 3rd at the Women's College World series four times (2001, 2004, 2015, 2016) and 5th one time (2012).

The Tigers home crowds have grown steadily at Tiger Park from 2012-present, during which the Tigers have posted a 138-38 record (.784). At least 1,000 fans have attended every home game during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. Additionally, since 2012, the program has surpassed 1,500 fans 58 times, 2000+ fans 25 times and 3,000+ fans 3 times.

National & Conference Awards[edit]

  • Women's College World Series MVP[4]
Kristin Schmidt - 2004
  • NFCA Diamond Catchers of the Year[5]
Killian Roessner - 2007
  • SEC Player of the Year
Ashlee Ducote - 2000
Britni Sneed - 2001
Trena Peel - 2002
  • SEC Pitcher of the Year
Britni Sneed - 2002
  • SEC Freshman of the Year
Rachele Fico - 2010
Bianka Bell - 2013
  • SEC Tournament MVP
Ashley Lewis - 1999
Britni Sneed - 2001, 2002
Kristin Schmidt - 2003, 2004
Dani Hofer - 2007

All-Americans[edit]

Player Position Year(s) Team
Jodi Otten 2B 1998 3rd Team
Ashlee Ducote 3B 1999, 2000 1st Team, 1st Team
Stephanie Hastings 2B 2000 1st Team
Tara Asbill SS 2000 3rd Team
Britni Sneed P 2000, 2001, 2002 2nd Team, 1st Team, 1st Team
Trena Peel OF 2002 2nd Team
Kristin Schmidt P 2003, 2004 3rd Team, 2nd Team
LaDonia Hughes OF 2004 2nd Team
Leslie Klein OF 2004, 2006, 2007 3rd Team, 3rd Team, 3rd Team
Emily Turner P 2006, 3rd Team
Killian Roessner C 2007 1st Team
Kirsten Shortridge OF 2009, 2010 3rd Team, 1st Team
Brittany Mack P 2011 3rd Team
Rachele Fico P 2012, 2013 1st Team, 1st Team
AJ Andrews OF 2013 3rd Team
Sahvanna Jaquish DP or UT 2014, 2015, 2016 2nd Team, 2nd Team, 3rd Team
Bianka Bell SS, 3B 2015, 2016 1st Team, 3rd Team
Allie Walljasper P 2015 3rd Team
Carley Hoover P 2015 3rd Team
Bailey Landry OF 2015 2nd Team

Year-by-Year Records[edit]

Season Coach Record Notes
1979 Carol Smith 16-7
1980 Carol Smith 15-9
1981 Carol Smith 14-12
No team fielded from 1982 - 1996
1997 Cathy Compton 44-14 (18-6 SEC) SEC Western Division Champions
1998 Cathy Compton (first 68 games)
Glenn Moore (last 4 games)
58-14 (23-6 SEC) SEC Western Division Champions; NCAA Regionals
1999 Glenn Moore 56-10 (27-3 SEC) SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Regionals
2000 Glenn Moore 59-13 (26-4 SEC) SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Runners-Up; NCAA Regionals
2001 Yvette Girouard 59-11 (26-4 SEC) SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; Women's College World Series
2002 Yvette Girouard 56-11 (25-4 SEC) SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Regionals
2003 Yvette Girouard 50-18 (20-9 SEC) SEC Tournament Runners-Up; NCAA Regionals
2004 Yvette Girouard 57-12 (22-6 SEC) SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; Women's College World Series
2005 Yvette Girouard 31-23 (12-18 SEC)
2006 Yvette Girouard 55-14 (22-8 SEC) NCAA Super Regionals
2007 Yvette Girouard 55-12 (22-6 SEC) SEC Western Division Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Super Regionals
2008 Yvette Girouard 44-18 (17-11 SEC) NCAA Regionals
2009 Yvette Girouard 34-18-1 (15-10-1 SEC) NCAA Regionals
2010 Yvette Girouard 45-16 (20-8 SEC) NCAA Regionals
2011 Yvette Girouard 40-18 (19-9 SEC) NCAA Regionals
2012 Beth Torina 40-25 (15-13 SEC) Women's College World Series
2013 Beth Torina 42-16 (15-8 SEC) SEC Western Division Champions; NCAA Regionals
2014 Beth Torina 38-24 (13-11 SEC) NCAA Regionals
2015 Beth Torina 52-14 (15-9 SEC) Women's College World Series
2016 Beth Torina 50-16 (13-11 SEC) Women's College World Series

Roster[edit]

As of January 23, 2016.[6]

# State Name Position B/T Height Class Hometown Previous School
00 Louisiana Thymes AkiyaAkiya Thymes OF L/R 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) Freshman Brusly, Louisiana Brusly HS
1 Louisiana Savoie LaynaLayna Savoie OF R/R 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Junior Lake Charles, Louisiana Barbe HS
2 California Jaquish SahvannaSahvanna Jaquish C/IF R/R 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Junior Highland, California Redlands East Valley HS
3 California Simmons SandraSandra Simmons IF L/L 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Senior Fountain Valley, California Marina HS
4 Louisiana Kreamer JennaJenna Kreamer IF R/R 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) Senior Shreveport, Louisiana Washington
5 Mississippi Quinn ConstanceConstance Quinn IF R/R 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Junior Hattiesburg, Mississippi Oak Grove HS
8 Kansas Griggs EmilyEmily Griggs OF L/R 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) Sophomore Wichita, Kansas Maize HS
9 Louisiana Thornhill ElyseElyse Thornhill UT L/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Freshman Baton Rouge, Louisiana St. Joseph's Academy
10 Louisiana Bourg SydneySydney Bourg IF L/R 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Sophomore Slidell, Louisiana Northshore HS
11 Louisiana Satchell TaylorTaylor Satchell UT R/R 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) Freshman Rayne, Louisiana Notre Dame HS
12 Minnesota Smith SydneySydney Smith P/1B R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Freshman Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove HS
13 Louisiana Loupe SydneySydney Loupe C R/R 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) Sophomore Slidell, Louisiana Pope John Paul II Catholic HS
14 Louisiana Lockwood TaylorTaylor Lockwood OF L/R 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Sophomore Walker, Louisiana Walker HS
17 Texas Serrett AmberAmber Serrett IF R/R 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Freshman Spring, Texas Oak Ridge HS
19 Louisiana Corbello BayleeBaylee Corbello P/UT R/R 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Junior Lake Charles, Louisiana Sam Houston HS
20 Louisiana Provost RandiRandi Provost IF R/R 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Sophomore Loreauville, Louisiana UL-Lafayette
21 South Carolina Hoover CarleyCarley Hoover P R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sophomore Clemson, South Carolina Stanford
23 Georgia (U.S. state) Sanchez ShemiahShemiah Sanchez IF R/R 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) Freshman Newnan, Georgia East Coweta HS
24 Louisiana Falcon AlaynaAlayna Falcon OF R/R 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Senior Donaldsonville, Louisiana Ascension Catholic HS
25 California Walljasper AllieAllie Walljasper P R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sophomore Manteca, California Sierra HS
26 Louisiana Landry BaileyBailey Landry OF L/R 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Junior Prairieville, Louisiana East Ascension HS
27 Florida Bell BiankaBianka Bell IF/P R/R 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Senior Tampa, Florida Chamberlain HS
77 California Kloss KellsiKellsi Kloss C R/R 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Senior Cypress, California Pacifica HS

Stadiums[edit]

Tiger Park[edit]

Main article: Tiger Park

Tiger Park opened in 2009 and serves as the home field of the LSU Tigers softball team. The official capacity of the stadium is 1,289 people. The stadium also features an outfield berm, renamed the Tiger Park Terrace in 2016, that can accommodate an additional 1,200 fans.[1]

Tiger Park (1997)[edit]

Main article: Tiger Park (1997)

The original Tiger Park was a softball stadium located on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[1] It served as the home field of the LSU Tigers softball team from 1997-2008. The official capacity of the stadium was 1,000 people. The stadium was opened prior to the 1997 college softball season and played host to four NCAA Regionals in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2006 and hosted the 2008 SEC Softball Tournament. The 2008 season was the twelfth and final season in the original Tiger Park. LSU closed out the original Tiger Park with a home record of 331-51, including 140-34 in the SEC and 1-1 in the SEC Tournament.

Practice and Training facilities[edit]

LSU Strength and Conditioning facility[edit]

The LSU North Stadium Weight Room strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium.[7] Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment.[8] It also features 4 treadmills, 6 stationary bikes, 4 elliptical cross trainers, 2 stair stepper and stepmill.[9]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years Record at LSU
Carol Smith 1978-1981 45-28 Overall
Cathy Compton 1997-1998 100-26 Overall, 41-12 SEC
Glenn Moore 1998-2000 117-25 Overall, 53-7 SEC
Yvette Girouard 2001-2011 526-171-1 Overall, 220-93-1 SEC
Beth Torina 2012-present 224-97 Overall, 71-52 SEC

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ LSU uses the nickname of "Lady Tigers" only in sports that have both men's and women's teams. Since NCAA softball is a women-only sport, that team uses "Tigers" instead.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines for Media Usage". LSU Athletics Department. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  2. ^ Megargee, Steve (June 26, 2015). "Tennessee set to make move to a lone 'Lady Vols' team". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 26, 2015. An Associated Press survey of all 65 schools from the five major conferences found that at least 28 had separate nicknames for men's and women's teams at some point in their histories. Only seven continue that practice, and in most cases they only have separate nicknames for certain women's teams. Texas Tech uses the Lady Raiders for women's teams in sports that also have men's teams: basketball, tennis, golf, track and cross country. LSU uses a similar strategy. 
  3. ^ http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=210926805.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=165582.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://nfca.org/index.php/awards/awards-history/4278-diamond-catchers-of-the-year-division-i
  6. ^ "2016 Roster". LSU Athletics. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "LSU Strength and Conditioning". lsusports.net. September 29, 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  8. ^ "A Strength Training Legacy" (PDF). biggerfasterstronger.com. Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  9. ^ "LSU Tigers' Weight Room". ESPN The Magazine. November 14, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 

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