BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU softball senior Sydney Bourg has had a unique journey in her collegiate athletic career.
She and head coach Beth Torina sat down with Jacques Doucet to share this interesting story.
Being a good teammate is often easier said than done. To put the team above yourself is a lesson Bourg has learned and lives to the fullest.
Heartfelt emotions expressed on four sheets of paper served as a very significant step in a journey that has been unique. Who Bourg is and what she stands for were reflected in a letter handed to Torina more than two years ago.
Bourg’s freshman year at LSU was a time when everything seemed to be going right for the former Northshore High School star. She easily fit in and was starting for the Tigers in Oklahoma City at the Women’s College World Series.
Bourg’s sophomore year, however, didn’t live up to her expectations. LSU might have been on its way to another world series, but Bourg wasn’t playing as much as she had hoped. When the season ended, she met with Torina and informed her she was transferring.
At Nicholls State, Bourg started and played in all 57 of the Colonels’ games. She was third on the team in hits and her field percentage was a perfect 1.000. When Nicholls visited LSU in late March of 2017, Bourg had a hit and scored a run in a narrow 3-2 defeat. But she wasn’t consumed with trying to prove herself against her old team. Instead, her focus was on doing something much more meaningful. After the game, Bourg made her way to Torina and handed her a letter.
By the end of the season, Bourg knew she wanted to rejoin Torina and her former teammates. She was granted her release from Nicholls and then made the call.
Now, as a senior, Bourg isn’t playing much more than she was the year she decided to leave LSU. Was it worth coming back? She said there’s absolutely no question about it.
Bourg will graduate this week from LSU with a degree in sports administration.