NFCA presents Gold Glove Award to LSU’s Briggs

PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes.

ST. LOUIS, Missouri – LSU softball centerfielder Ciara Briggs earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, presented by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., the creator of the Gold Glove Award celebrating defensive excellence in baseball since 1957, has now made Division I softball athletes eligible to win the award in its 65-year history beginning in 2022.

Although Briggs is the first LSU softball player to win the award at the collegiate level, she is the second Gold Glove Award winner in the program’s history after A.J. Andrews became the first woman to receive a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2016 as a professional outfielder for the Akron Racers.

Briggs started in all 57 of her team’s games during the 2022 season and recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with no errors and seven assists in 89 chances. The seven assists tied a single-season school mark by an outfielder previously shared by Camille Harris (2005) and Jazz Jackson (2008).

She also batted .368 with 70 hits, 32 RBI and had a team-high 53 runs scored.

LSU and Florida State are the only programs to win a gold glove in college softball, college baseball, professional softball, and professional baseball.

professional softball, and professional baseball.

Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winners, presented by NFCA

Pitcher: Courtney Wallace, Nebraska

Catcher: Jordan Rudd, Northwestern

First Base: Victoria Sebastian, Villanova

Second Base: Hannah Adams, Florida

Third Base: Sydney Sherrill, Florida State

Shortstop: Jenna Laird, Missouri

Left field: Cassidy Chaumont, Missouri

Center field: Ciara Briggs, LSU

Right Field: Kristian Burkhardt, Michigan

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