Moss Bluff's Corbello finds her zone at LSU

By By Albert Burford / American Press

Baylee 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.