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Smith and Satchell Depart Softball Team

Two members of last years team are leaving Baton Rouge

Amanda Doyle, Taylor Satchell, and Sydney Smith
Chris Parent / LSU Sports

Two sophomores, pitcher Sydney Smith and utility player Taylor Satchel are leaving the LSU softball team as confirmed by the Advocate.

Smith had been a key contributor to the Tiger staff, including a breakout freshman season with a 1.16 as a freshman. Her sophomore season wasn’t as productive, posting a 2.08 ERA but that was still enough to make LSU a formidable group.

Satchel never could crack consistent playing time over her two years in Baton Rouge with just 21 games played and 11 starts. Over her stint with the Tigers, Satchel saw time at third, designated player, and, this past season, at catcher. She finished 2017 hitting .208 with a home run and six RBI.

Of the two, Smith’s loss is the more noteworthy. Her presence gave the Tigers a critical piece of depth, ensuring the Tiger pitchers were less a one-two combination of Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper, and more a staff with three elite pitchers.

There were however signs that a move from the Tigers was in the works. For starters, Smith was clearly the third starter and likely wouldn’t have been viewed as the staff ace until her senior year. Until then she’d still lose innings to Hoover and Walljasper and only logged 11.1 more innings as a sophomore. A more telling sign was in the Florida loss at the Women’s College World Series, Beth Torina used Maribeth Gorsuch, not Smith, in mop up duty. Smith had been injured near the end of the season but logged six innings against Fairfield in the regional.

The move ultimately weakens the staff but isn’t devastating. Gorsuch will be back and incoming freshman Shelbi Sunseri could also factor into the rotation.