|LSU Tigers Softball|
|2020 LSU Tigers softball team|
|University||Louisiana State University|
|Head coach||Beth Torina (10th season)|
|Location||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Home stadium||Tiger Park (Capacity: 1,289 (1,200 additional seats on the Tiger Park Terrace)|
|Colors||Purple and gold|
|NCAA WCWS appearances|
|2001, 2004, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|NCAA Super Regional appearances|
|2006, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007|
|Regular Season Conference championships|
|1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004|
The LSU Tigers[n 1] softball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I college softball. The team participates in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and plays home games in Tiger Park. The team is currently coached by Beth Torina.
LSU has won nine Western Division titles, five regular season SEC championships and five SEC tournament championships. LSU has also appeared in six Women's College World Series and nineteen NCAA tournaments. The team has finished third at the Women's College World series four times (2001, 2004, 2015, 2016) and fifth two times (2012, 2017).
LSU softball had its beginnings in 1979 with a team coached by Carol Smith. However, after only three seasons, LSU decided to disband its softball program. During Smith's tenure, she coached the team to an overall record of 45–28 (.616).
In 1997 the Southeastern Conference decided to begin sponsoring softball, partly to help member institutions to comply with Title IX. LSU softball was reborn with the hiring of Cathy Compton from Nicholls State University. Compton was head coach from 1997 through the 1998 regular season and finished with an overall record of 100–26 (.797) and 41–12 (.774) in the SEC.
Glenn Moore became head coach at LSU starting with the 1998 NCAA Tournament. He was head coach at LSU through the 2000 season and compiled a 117–25 (.824) overall record and 53–7 (.883) SEC record.
In 2001, LSU hired NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Yvette Girouard from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During her 11 years as head coach, Girouard had an overall record of 526–171–1 (.754) and SEC record of 220–93–1 (.702). She led the Tigers to two College Women's World Series appearances and made the NCAA Tournament in ten of her eleven years as head coach. She coached LSU to three SEC championships (2001, 2002, 2004) and four SEC tournament championships (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007). She retired following the 2011 season.
During Girouard's tenure as head coach, LSU moved into the new Tiger Park during the spring of 2009 after previously playing at the Original Tiger Park that opened in 1997.
On June 9, 2011, LSU announced long-time Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy was hired to replace Yvette Girouard. However, three days later, Murphy announced that he had changed his mind and would remain at Alabama. LSU then hired Beth Torina, head coach at Florida International University (FIU) on June 20, 2011. Torina led the Tigers to the Women's College World Series in her first season as head coach in 2012 and also has led the Tigers to the World Series in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
With Torina as head coach, the program earned its 1,000th victory on May 1, 2016 after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 9-1 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
|No team fielded from 1982–1996|
|Southeastern Conference (1997–present)|
|1997||Cathy Compton||44–14||18–6||SEC Western Division Champions|
|1998||Cathy Compton (first 68 games)
Glenn Moore (last 4 games)
|58–14||23–6||SEC Western Division Champions; NCAA Regionals|
|1999||Glenn Moore||56–10||27–3||SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Regionals|
|2000||Glenn Moore||59–13||26–4||SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Runners-Up; NCAA Regionals|
|2001||Yvette Girouard||59–11||26–4||SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; Women's College World Series|
|2002||Yvette Girouard||56–11||25–4||SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Regionals|
|2003||Yvette Girouard||50–18||20–9||SEC Tournament Runners-Up; NCAA Regionals|
|2004||Yvette Girouard||57–12||22–6||SEC Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; Women's College World Series|
|2006||Yvette Girouard||55–14||22–8||NCAA Super Regionals|
|2007||Yvette Girouard||55–12||22–6||SEC Western Division Champions; SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Super Regionals|
|2008||Yvette Girouard||44–18||17–11||NCAA Regionals|
|2009||Yvette Girouard||34–18–1||15–10–1||NCAA Regionals|
|2010||Yvette Girouard||45–16||20–8||NCAA Regionals|
|2011||Yvette Girouard||40–18||19–9||NCAA Regionals|
|2012||Beth Torina||40–25||15–13||Women's College World Series|
|2013||Beth Torina||42–16||15–8||SEC Western Division Champions; NCAA Regionals|
|2014||Beth Torina||38–24||13–11||NCAA Regionals|
|2015||Beth Torina||52–14||15–9||Women's College World Series|
|2016||Beth Torina||50–16||13–11||Women's College World Series|
|2017||Beth Torina||48–22||12–12||Women's College World Series|
|2018||Beth Torina||45–17||13–11||NCAA Super Regionals|
|2019||Beth Torina||43–19||14–10||NCAA Super Regionals|
|2020||Beth Torina||21–3||0–0||Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2021||Beth Torina||35–22||13–11||NCAA Super Regionals|
|Total||1,202–428–1 (.737)||437–208–1 (.677)|
|Jodi Otten||2B||1998||3rd Team|
|Ashlee Ducote||3B||1999, 2000||1st Team, 1st Team|
|Stephanie Hastings||2B||2000||1st Team|
|Tara Asbill||SS||2000||3rd Team|
|Britni Sneed||P||2000, 2001, 2002||2nd Team, 1st Team, 1st Team|
|Trena Peel||OF||2002||2nd Team|
|Kristin Schmidt||P||2003, 2004||3rd Team, 2nd Team|
|LaDonia Hughes||OF||2004||2nd Team|
|Leslie Klein||OF||2004, 2006, 2007||3rd Team, 3rd Team, 3rd Team|
|Emily Turner||P||2006,||3rd Team|
|Killian Roessner||C||2007||1st Team|
|Kirsten Shortridge||OF||2009, 2010||3rd Team, 1st Team|
|Brittany Mack||P||2011||3rd Team|
|Rachele Fico||P||2012, 2013||1st Team, 1st Team|
|AJ Andrews||OF||2013||3rd Team|
|Sahvanna Jaquish||DP or UT||2014, 2015, 2016, 2017||2nd Team, 2nd Team, 3rd Team, 1st Team|
|Bianka Bell||SS, 3B||2015, 2016||1st Team, 3rd Team|
|Allie Walljasper||P||2015, 2017||3rd Team, 3rd Team|
|Carley Hoover||P||2015||3rd Team|
|Bailey Landry||OF||2015, 2017||2nd Team, 1st Team|
|Amanda Sánchez||3B||2019||2nd Team|
|Shelbi Sunsieri||UT/P||2019||2nd Team|
Main article: Tiger Park
Tiger Park opened in 2009 and serves as the home field of the LSU Tigers softball team. The official capacity of the stadium is 1,289 people. The stadium also features an outfield berm, renamed the Tiger Park Terrace in 2016, that can accommodate an additional 1,200 fans.
Main article: Tiger Park (1997)
The original Tiger Park was a softball stadium located on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It served as the home field of the LSU Tigers softball team from 1997-2008. The official capacity of the stadium was 1,000 people. The stadium was opened prior to the 1997 college softball season and played host to four NCAA Regionals in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2006 and hosted the 2008 SEC Softball Tournament. The 2008 season was the twelfth and final season in the original Tiger Park. LSU closed out the original Tiger Park with a home record of 331-51, including 140-34 in the SEC and 1-1 in the SEC Tournament.
Main article: LSU Strength and Conditioning facility
The LSU North Stadium Weight Room strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium. Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment. It also features 4 treadmills, 6 stationary bikes, 4 elliptical cross trainers, 2 stair stepper and stepmill.
|Name||Years||Record at LSU|
|Carol Smith||1979–1981||45–28 Overall|
|Cathy Compton||1997–1998||100–26 Overall, 41–12 SEC|
|Glenn Moore||1998–2000||117–25 Overall, 53–7 SEC|
|Yvette Girouard||2001–2011||526–171–1 Overall, 220–93–1 SEC|
|Beth Torina||2012–present||358–153 Overall, 110–85 SEC|
An Associated Press survey of all 65 schools from the five major conferences found that at least 28 had separate nicknames for men's and women's teams at some point in their histories. Only seven continue that practice, and in most cases they only have separate nicknames for certain women's teams. Texas Tech uses the Lady Raiders for women's teams in sports that also have men's teams: basketball, tennis, golf, track and cross country. LSU uses a similar strategy.