Baylee Corbello won three high school softball state championships while playing at Sam Houston High School. (Rick Hickman / American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:17 PMBaylee Corbello boasts three high school softball state championships, four all-state selections and two Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year awards, but she’s wasting no time earning accolades at the next level for LSU.
After an impressive opening weekend in which the Sam Houston product accounted for 23 strikeouts and surrendered three hits across two games, she was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and earned a spot on the Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team.
The 23 strikeouts tie her for first in the conference and her .068 opponent batting average is third-lowest in the league.
In her first start for LSU, Corbello pitched a 10-strikeout complete game against Minnesota.
Unfortunately for Corbello, the Tigers’ bats didn’t produce a run, as LSU lost 1-0.
The 10 K’s Corbello racked up in her debut made her the fifth pitcher in LSU history to strike out at least 10 batters in her first outing.
“It feels great to just be a freshman and have your first appearance go as well as it did,” Corbello said. “That’s what all the hard work in the fall is for and it’s finally paying off.”
A shaky start allowed the lone run of the game for Minnesota. Corbello gave up singles to the first two batters and a walk and wild pitch allowed a run to score. But Corbello didn’t give up another hit.
She accounted for one of the Tigers’ two hits.
The next day, Corbello pitched another memorable game and LSU got the win.
Corbello silenced the Oklahoma State lineup, holding the Cowgirls hitless into the sixth inning and allowing one hit.
“I felt like whenever all my pitches are on, that’s when I’m doing the best,” Corbello said. “It’s tough when certain pitches aren’t working and you don’t have as many options to go through. Since all my pitches were working and were on point, that’s what helped me.”
The excitement of her first weekend in Tiger Park aided Corbello as well.
“I had a lot of adrenaline,” she said. “The fan base is huge, so it felt like a state game all over again.”
Her 13 strikeouts against Oklahoma State tied Corbello for the third-most by an LSU freshman pitcher.