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LSU Receives Six All-SEC Selections

Pitcher Sydney Berzon, outfielders Ciara Briggs, Ali Newland, utility pitcher Kelley Lynch and first baseman Raeleen Gutierrez combine for six All-SEC selections.

LSU Receives Six All-SEC Selections

AUBURN, Ala. – Five LSU Tigers totaled six 2024 All-SEC selections announced by the league office. Pitcher Sydney Berzon and outfielders Ciara Briggs and Ali Newland were honored to the 2024 All-SEC First Team, while utility pitcher Kelley Lynch earned a spot on the 2024 All-SEC Second Team. In addition, first baseman Raeleen Gutierrez and Newland join the 2024 SEC All-Defensive Team. 

LSU is one of five schools with two players on the SEC All-Defensive Team and has been represented on the SEC All-Defensive team for six consecutive seasons, excluding the 2020 season (COVID-19).

Berzon becomes a two-time All-SEC selection and is honored first team in 2024 after being tabbed second team in 2023. Berzon has a 1.64 ERA and ranks No. 5 in the SEC with 165 strikeouts and 18 wins this season. Berzon has four saves, three shutouts, and holds opposing batters to a .222 average over 184.0 innings pitched.

Briggs, a three-time All-SEC selection, has earned her first career distinction on the first team. Her impressive performance at the plate this season includes a .322 batting average with team-highs of 59 hits, 40 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases. She leads the SEC with 10 sacrifice bunts and has collected 21 RBIs, showcasing her versatility and skill.

Newland was named to the All-SEC First Team for the second consecutive season. She was also named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the first time in her career, thanks to a 1.000 fielding percentage, 83 putouts, and two assists from left field. Offensively, Newland has a .299 batting average, 50 hits, 37 RBIs, 30 runs, and 28 walks this season. 

In her lone season with the Tigers, Lynch—a two-way player—was named to the All-SEC Second Team. In the circle, Lynch has a 2.87 ERA behind 81 strikeouts in 87.2 innings pitched. Lynch has thrown five complete game shutouts this year, including the program’s first no-hitter against an SEC team since 2007, which contributes to her staff-low .195 opposing batting average. At the plate, Lynch has 22 hits, 15 RBIs, and five doubles.

Gutierrez garners her second consecutive SEC All-Defensive Team honor. She has a .995 fielding percentage at the first base position, 361 putouts, 14 assists, and was part of 21 double plays this season. Gutierrez tallied a career-high 24 putouts in the 14-inning classic over Alabama in the 2024 SEC Tournament game against Alabama (May 8). Gutierrez has had the most impressive offensive season in her career, batting .340 with 55 hits and 38 RBIs, and ranks No. 3 in the SEC with 16 doubles. 

The complete 2024 SEC All-SEC Softball Awards is as follows:

Player of the Year: Jocelyn Erickson, Florida

Pitcher of the Year: Karlyn Pickens, Tennessee

Freshman of the Year: Keagan Rothrock, Florida

Coach of the Year: Karen Weekly, Tennessee

All-SEC First Team

Bri Ellis Arkansas
Reagan Johnson Arkansas
Morgan Leinstock Arkansas
Jocelyn Erickson Florida
Kendra Falby Florida
Korbe Otis Florida
Skylar Wallace Florida
Reagan Walsh Florida
Jayda Kearney Georgia
Sara Mosley Georgia
Erin Coffel Kentucky
Sydney Berzon LSU
Ciara Briggs LSU
Ali Newland LSU
Madisyn Kennedy Mississippi State
McKenna Gibson Tennessee
Payton Gottshall Tennessee
Taylor Pannell Tennessee
Karlyn Pickens Tennessee
Rylie West Tennessee
Emiley Kennedy Texas A&M


All-SEC Second Team

Kayla Beaver Alabama
Kenleigh Cahalan Alabama
Cylie Halvorson Arkansas
Maddie Penta Auburn
Ava Brown Florida
Keagan Rothrock Florida
Dallis Goodnight Georgia
Rylea Smith Kentucky
Kelley Lynch LSU
Aynslie Furbush Ole Miss
Sierra Sacco Mississippi State
Aspen Wesley Mississippi State
Abby Hay Missouri
Alex Honnold Missouri
Jenna Laird Missouri
Alana Vawter South Carolina
Kiki Milloy Tennessee
Sophia Nugent Tennessee
Zaida Puni Tennessee
Kramer Eschete Texas A&M
Koko Wooley Texas A&M


SEC All-Defensive Team

Pitcher Laurin Krings Missouri
Catcher Jocelyn Erickson Florida
First Base Bri Ellis Arkansas
Raeleen Gutierrez LSU
Second Base Rylen Wiggins Texas A&M
Shortstop Erin Coffel Kentucky
Third Base Hannah Gammill Arkansas
Left Field Ali Newland LSU
Center Field Kendra Falby Florida
Right Field Kayley Lenger Missouri
Allie Enright Texas A&M

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