Thursday, June 11, 2015

Kelsee Selman Leaves LSU, Transferring to Baylor

In more high-profile transfer news, as I reported on social media on Tuesday, LSU softball has lost a member of their "Fab Four" pitching staff from this season. Sophomore Kelsee Selman has left the Lady Tigers and will transfer to finish her career at Baylor.

Selman, one of two sophomores that, along with a redshirt freshman and a true freshman, made up the lights-out Tiger pitching staff, only appeared in eleven games and recorded fifty-seven innings of work this season. 

She started the Tigers' postseason run off on the right foot, getting the start in Game 1 of the Baton Rouge-hosted regional. She threw a five-inning shutout and struck out seven in that game, while allowing just three hits.

Waco and the Bears' program have many ties to LSU - head coach Glenn Moore coached in the Tigers' program for four years and helmed the team to the SEC championship in 1999 and 2000. Pitching coach Britni Sneed Newman is a former three-time Tiger all-American and LSU Hall of Fame inductee.

Selman should help fill a necessary void for a reliable #2 behind Heather Stearns in the Bears' rotation. Freshman Kendall Potts showed signs of great ability this past season, but only put in ninety-four innings of work in contrast to Stearns' 204+. Selman should be able to fit nicely between the two and provide an effective, reliable alternative to take some of the workload off of Stearns' shoulders.

Selman's 2015 ERA of 1.47 would have held the top spot as the lowest in the conference  among eligible pitchers had it been recorded in the Big 12 this season. With just a few more innings under her belt to qualify for the SEC's similar list, Selman's number would have second behind only National Player of the Year Lauren Haeger.

Interestingly enough, Selman is taking the exact opposite path of another BU and LSU star that happens to share the same initials, Kirsten Shortridge. "Shorty" began her career at Baylor before transferring to LSU after her sophomore season. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year as a Bear, she went on to earn all-conference and all-American honors as a member of Yvette Girouard's Tigers.

As Selman herself announced the move only via social media, neither school or program has confirmed the move. Requests for comment were not immediately returned. 

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