LSU softball 2020 preview

Last season LSU finished with a 43-19 overall record ending their season by falling to Minnesota in the Minneapolis Super Regional. The tigers are a constant participant come championship tournament time and look for them to have another strong year and a nice tournament run again in 2020 under head coach Beth Torina.

The Tigers are returning 16 players to the 2020 squad while also adding seven newcomers to the roster. Most notable among the returning players are All-American Shelbi Sunseri (who is a double threat with a .340 batting average that included 14 doubles and 17 home runs, one shy of tying the single-season home run record. She also recorded a team-high 60 RBI last season. In the circle she went 13-10 with a 2.34 ERA that included five shutouts and five saves, tying the program’s single-season save record. In her 137.2 innings pitched she also recorded a team-high 86 strikeouts and held opponents to a .218 batting average. Also returning from last years team is All-SEC performer Aliyah Andrews (a two-time All-SEC and SEC Defensive Team selection who finished the 2019 season with a .358 batting average and broke the school’s single-season stolen base record with 47 last year). Other notable returning players include SEC All-Freshmen Savannah Stewart and Shelby Wickersham.

Last season LSU’s offense wasn’t as explosive as usual but they can put runs up on the scoreboard when needed. With their pitching staff though they usually don’t need many runs to win a game. Senior Maribeth Gorsuch and sophomores Shelby Wickersham & Ali Kilponen along with junior Shelbi Sunseri and several new freshmen should be able to keep things rolling online smoothly in the pitching circle.

Look for LSU to make another nice run in this year’s 2020 championship tournament.

Things get started for the Tigers opening the spring slate February 6 at home in Tiger Park, hosting Central Arkansas before hosting the Tiger Classic, February 7-9, which includes 2019 Women’s College World series team Oklahoma State and Florida A&M.

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