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LSU cracks the top 15 in preseason Softball America poll

Coming off a disappointing postseason exit in 2023, LSU softball and 13th-year coach Beth Torina will return to the field next month to begin a 2024 season that features fairly high expectations.

The preseason polls reflect that. In the Softball America rankings entering the season, LSU ranks No. 12. The Tigers return 18 letter winners in 2024, six of which were All-SEC selections a year ago.

They also return an All-American pitcher in Sydney Berzon and the two-time reigning Gold Glove winner in Ciara Briggs.

LSU finished the 2023 season 42-17, earning the No. 10 national seed while hosting a regional in Baton Rouge. After winning the first two matchups at the regional, it dropped two in a row to Louisiana in the regional final, ending its season.

The Tigers will begin the season at home against Nicholls on Feb. 8 as they look to reach the super regionals for the first time since 2021 and the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2017.

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