LSU softball freshman Amber Serrett was touted as a huge pick up when she signed with coach Beth Torina and the Tigers. Early this season, Torina called her the shortstop of the future.
The future came early.
Through her play, Serrett earned an everyday starters role and has played in all but four of the Tigers’ contests thus far in her rookie campaign.
“She’s been a great impact to us,” senior infielder Sandra Simmons said. “The range she has at shortstop. The arm she has that can make up so much, and just her knowledge of the game. She is constantly working and constantly trying to get better.”
Serrett has thrived at the plate in her rookie campaign hitting .333, while maintaining a .463 slugging percentage. She’s recorded 23 RBIs and notched a pair of home runs from the dish.
Serrett’s solid hitting performance helped her cause for an everyday starter’s role, but what solidified her spot was her defensive ability.
The Spring, Texas native consistently makes plays from her newfound position in games, but her teammates said that’s just the type of player she has become.
“That’s just Amber being Amber,” junior infielder Sahvanna Jaquish said. “She makes ridiculous plays in practice, so when she makes a ‘web gem’ play in the game it’s like oh we’ve seen that before. … That’s just everyday Amber.”
The freshman recorded 72 assists thus far this season, second on the team behind only senior infielder Bianka Bell, and tallied 62 putouts.
Serrett started the year in left field, and said she was more than comfortable in the outfield, despite most of her playing time prior to LSU was in the infield. She started to get playing time and showed her ability.
Torina made a decision no one saw coming.
She moved Bell, a 2015 first team All-American, to third base. Prior to Serrett’s arrival, Bell played almost exclusively at shortstop for the first three years of her career.
“We aren’t losing anything because I’m still playing,” Bell said. “She deserves to be [playing shortstop] and I have no problem with her being over there.”
About a month into the season, Torina’s choice became permanent and Serrett’s entrance to the starting lineup was secure. The defensive alignment has reflected the change in majority of the team’s contests since.
“It’s pretty humbling,” Serrett said. “Just to be here, everyone is frickin’ talented. If you could see practices with people diving everywhere, it makes everyone that much better. It’s great to play with the girls beside me knowing they have my back.”
Despite Serrett’s solid start to her first season wearing purple and gold, Torina said she could still develop and improve.
“She does some great things for us at shortstop,” Torina said. “She has some room that she needs to grow. I think she needs to bring more to the table offensively, and she’s working to do that.”
Serrett said she’s trying to take her game to the next level the only way she knows how – hard work.
“I’ve always worked hard with my dad,” Serrett said. Now I’m working hard for these coaches. Just need to take that mentality and it will get you places.”
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