For the second consecutive season, the LSU Tigers have lost a pitcher off their top-rated staff following the season's end. Would-be senior hurler Baylee Corbello has announced that she will transfer to McNeese State to finish her career.
Corbello, a 2014 all-region selection and former SEC all-freshman team member, saw her workload diminished over the past two seasons as the Tigers' pitching depth grew.
In her freshman season of 2014, Corbello threw nearly 200 innings, amassing a 3.16 ERA with 188 strikeouts and opponents hit just .214 against her. Her workload fell to just over sixty-five frames of work in 2015 with the arrivals of Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper to Baton Rouge, though she still dominated opposing hitters with a 2.36 ERA, an opponent's batting average of .184, and seventy-one strikeouts.
Despite pitching predominantly in early-season matchups and spot situations, Corbello contributed to a pitching staff that boasted of a 1.89 ERA in '16 and reached the World Series semifinals in back-to-back campaigns.
Corbello will join a pitching staff that lost it's top two arms to graduation; graduated seniors Jamie Allred and Emily Vincent threw more than three hundred of the squad's 386 innings of work this season, both strongly contributing to the team's cumulative ERA of 2.09.
The Cowgirls will be under James Landreneau's first season as head coach in 2017, following a 2016 season when they posted a 43-14 overall mark with a 23-4 record in conference play, earning the conference tournament championship and an automatic berth into the Baton Rouge regional of the NCAA tournament.