Pitcher Baylee Corbello, Infielder Sydney Bourg and outfielder Taylor Lockwood have departed the LSU softball according to their respective Twitter accounts.
Bourg and Corbello announced on Tuesday. Lockwood announced Wednesday.
Corbello, a junior and most senior of the three departing players, had seen her role drastically reduced under Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper, and then essentially passed up by Sydney Smith. She was a key contributor in 2014 with 199.1 innings pitched and 188 strikeouts, but never threw more than 66 in her last two seasons. Corbello leaves LSU with a career 2.88 ERA and 293 career strikeouts plus All-SEC Freshman team recognition for her 2015 campaign.
The sophomore infielder Bourg had been viewed as a potential suitor to replace Constance Quinn at second after taking over for Quinn at the end of 2015, but never was able to find consistent playing time logging just 18 at bats in 25 games over the course of the season.
Fellow sophomore Longwood spent her two years with LSU almost exclusively as a pinch-runner without many starts in the field.
None of the three players announced if they planned on transferring, though Lockwood suggested in another tweet that she had multiple options for her future.
Reading between the lines, these departures boil down to playing time. All three players were not regular contributors in the Tiger lineup and it didn’t appear as though any of them would be clear cut favorites in 2017.
Keeping Corbello and Bourg would have been nice insurance policies for their respective positions but it’s difficult seeing how either would make a noticeable contribution next season, especially considering the loaded freshman class coming in.
Regardless of their future goals, all three were key components in two of the most successful years in program history.