ELO Online : Beth Torina excited for LSU to Host SEC Tournament.
It is Conference Tournament week for many across the country in College Softball. There is one Conference that is above the rest when it comes to the conference tournament exposure. In College Basketball the first thing that people look forward to the most is the ACC Tournament especially when it is held in Greensboro. The Old Big East Conference Tournament at Madison Square Garden. In Softball it is the SEC Conference Tournament and this year in particular could become a Conference Tournament that changes the landscape and raises the bar on hosting and covering a Conference Tournament.
LSU’s Tiger Park will host the 2015 edition which will have every game on either SEC Network, ESPNU, or ESPN. It will also mark the first time that any conference tournament will have studio shows done live from the site. The SEC Tournament first round (noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and quarterfinals (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.) will be televised Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, respectively, on SEC Network. ESPNU will televise the SEC Tournament semifinals on Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Championship game will be in primetime on ESPN at 8pm est.
What makes this tournament unique it is the fact that it will be held at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge which is one of the great venues of College Softball. Ask any College Softball media person that has been there. They will tell you that LSU is one of best atmospheres and venues in the country. The Host team LSU Tigers will look to win their first SEC Conference Tournament Championship since 2007. The Tigers are led by LSU Head Coach Beth Torina in her fourth season at the helm of the LSU softball program has returned the Tigers to national prominence with three 40-win seasons and a trip to the a 2012 Women’s College World Series already to her credit in her short time in Baton Rouge.
Torina has ties to state of Florida, From the Central Florida area, Torina played from 1997-2000 at Florida where Torina was a member of the 1998 Southeastern Conference regular season championship team as the squad’s top pitcher. She posted 60 career wins which still ranks her in the top five all-time with the Gators. Torina started out her coaching career at Stetson as an asst coach in 2000. Torina moved to Houston where she would be an assistant coach from 2003-2007 coaching her first all-American Angel Shamblin and part of the Cougars 2007 CUSA Championship. Torina first head Coaching job came in 2008 at FIU where she would help turn the program around help lead FIU to NCAA Tournament in 2010.
Torina ties to Florida stretch out to the pro game, spending three seasons in the National Pro Fast Pitch Softball League with the USSSA Pride as an assistant coach (2010) followed by a two-year run as head coach (2011-12). During her tenure, the Pride captured the 2012 Ringer Cup trophy awarded to the league’s regular season champion and won the 2010 NPF championship. The Pride roster featured multiple Olympians which includes ESPN softball analyst Jessica Mendoza and Cat Osterman.
Torina talks to me about her 2015 edition of the LSU Tigers as they will come in as the number 4 seed in the SEC Tournament hoping to lock up a National seed for the NCAA Tournament. Torina discusses the year that junior Bianka Bell has had for LSU. Bell played High School softball at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida. Torina also discusses the game of College Softball landscape, the SEC, Cat Osterman and more.
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Beth Torina Career
Years School Notes
1997-2000 University of Florida pitcher (1998 SEC Championship Team)
2000-02 Stetson University Assistant Coach (2001 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions)
2003-07 University of Houston Assistant Coach (Two NCAA Regionals, 2007 Conference USA Champions)
2008-11 Florida International University Head Coach (2010 NCAA Regionals)
2012-Present LSU Head Coach (2012 Women’s College World Series)
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