Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sydney Smith to Leave LSU

UPDATE 06/28/17 15:35: Smith will be transferring to Minnesota, it was announced today. She will likely be the prohibitive favorite to be the staff ace, following the graduations of Sara Groenewegen and Tori Finucane.



Sydney Smith is leaving the LSU program, effective immediately, and will seek to transfer to another program for next season.

Maren Angus and Sara Moulton of Fastpitch News were the first to report the move.

Smith, who just completed her sophomore season in Baton Rouge, was a highly-recruited prospect out of Maple Grove, Minnesota and was twice named the Minnesota Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in high school.

Once she reached Baton Rouge, Smith settled into the #3 spot in the Tiger pitching staff, behind all-Americans Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper. In 2016, Smith saw action in twenty-three games and recorded a 1.16 ERA in more than ninety-six innings pitched.

In 2017, Smith saw her innings tick up to nearly 108 frames in the circle, but also saw her ERA rise above 2.00 for the first time in her career. Her strikeouts decreased to just fifty-three on the year, though opponents hit just .202 against her. She saw action in just six postseason innings and did not appear during the Tigers' time in the Women's College World Series.

There has been no indication of where Smith will transfer. It is, however, worthy of note that the Minnesota Golden Gophers could be in the market for a veteran pitcher with the graduation of both Sara Groenewegen and Tori Finucane.

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