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2020 Top 50 College Softball Programs No. 8 LSU

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Location: Baton Rouge, La. 
Conference: SEC
Field: Tiger Park (2,671) 
Head Coach: Beth Torina, 360-155 (Nine Seasons)
Postseason Appearances: 21
Last Decade: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 
WCWS Appearances: 6
WCWS Titles: 0
All Americans: 25 

The LSU Tigers have witnessed increased success in the last decade with four trips to the WCWS, including three-consecutive appearances from 2015-2017. Playing in one of the toughest conferences in college softball, the Tigers check in at No. 8 on our Top 50 Programs.  

A big reason for their success is due in part to head coach Beth Torina. In her inaugural season, Torina guided the Tigers to the 2012 WCWS and again in 2015 for yet another WCWS trip.

Torina and her staff have churned out 17 All-American selections in nine seasons. Add in the recent completion of “The Mike” indoor training facility, and you’re looking at one of the top places to play and train in the nation. 

The Tigers finished in the Top 10 for the fifth-straight year in a row in 2019 and completed the 2020 shortened season with just three losses on the year. Let’s take a look back at the 2015 squad. 

The 2015 squad was stacked. In fact, the 2015 Tigers set a new LSU athletic department record for wins to begin a season with (25) and ended the season with a 52-14 (15-9 SEC) record. Led by Stanford transfer Carley Hoover (18-7, 1.78 ERA), freshman Allie Walljasper (16-5, 1.83 ERA), sophomore Kelsee Selman (9-0, 1.47 ERA) and junior Baylee Corbello (9-2, 2.36) in the circle, the Tigers had a full pitching staff for the first time in ages. The quartet tallied 43 complete games and held a 1.84 ERA as a staff. Hoover averaged just over a strikeout per inning with 174 punchouts in 169 innings pitched. Looking at the offense and it is no surprise, the Tigers returned to OKC with a .335 team average and seven starters over .300 on the squad. Bailey Landry put up ridiculous numbers with a .426 average, 14 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 48 RBIs. Shortstop Bianka Bell, batting third for the Tigers and was named the Louisiana Hitter of the Year with a .415 batting average and 73 RBIs. Add in AJ Andrews, Emily Griggs, and RBI leader (76) Savanna Jaquish, and there is no question they belonged in the WCWS. 

Other Players to Note: 

A.J Andrews (2012-2015): First Woman to win Rawlings Gold Glove and posted a .321 career average and scored 179 runs for the Purple and Gold 
Rachele Fico (2010-2014): 2010 SEC Freshman of the Year & 2 x All-American 

Off the field: Beth Torina started the ‘Strikeout Ovarian Cancer’ game at LSU, where players wear teal jerseys to celebrate and honor survivors and raise awareness. Torina’s mother is an ovarian cancer survivor. 

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