Maple Grove's Sydney Smith Returns Home to Play for Gophers
Jul 13, 2017 06:11AM ● Published by Doug Erlien
Photo Credit: LSU Communications
Sydney Smith, who pitched for the Crimson from 2012-2015, announced she will transfer to the University of Minnesota and play for the Gophers beginning this spring.
“I am so excited to be back home,” Smith said. “The response has been so awesome. So many people have reached out to me and given me so much support. It’s so awesome to see and I can’t wait to be a Gopher.”
Smith, a junior, pitched for LSU for two seasons with a career ERA of 1.64. She recorded 129 strikeouts in 204 innings and was the 2016 Schutt Sports NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top-25 finalist going 13-4 with a 1.16 ERA in her first season.
“We are very excited to welcome Sydney to the University of Minnesota and the Gopher softball program," Gopher Head Softball Coach Jessica Allister stated, according to a press release. “Sydney will add experience and depth to our young pitching staff. We can’t wait to get her on campus and into a Gopher uniform this fall.”
Smith finished her Maple Grove career with a 54-1 record helping the Crimson to four consecutive conference and section championships. She also won the Minnesota Gatorade Softball and Metro Player of the Year awards twice.
“I just felt like I needed something new,” Smith said. "I enjoyed LSU and the people, but I believed God had another plan for me and that this was the right time to change. I’m willing to do whatever coach Allister needs me to do. I’m hoping to bring some experience to a very young and super talented pitching staff.”