Reinforcement in circle: LSU softball adds pitcher Tatum Clopton of Oklahoma State from transfer portal

Former Oklahoma State pitcher Tatum Clopton has transferred to LSU where she will have three years of eligibility remaining. PHOTO COURTESY: Tatum Clopton

For the second time this offseason LSU softball coach Beth Torina’s reached into the NCAA transfer portal to help improve her 2024 roster.

After signing pitcher/infielder Kelly Lynch of Washington, Torina recently received the signed scholarship paperwork of Oklahoma State pitcher Tatum Clopton.

The Tigers went 42-17 in 2023 and reached the final of the Baton Rouge NCAA Regional before falling to UL-Lafayette.

The 5-foot-10 Clopton, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, received a medical redshirt in 2023 after missing the entire season following an offseason injury. She has three years of eligibility remaining.

Clopton pitched in five games during her freshman season, including one start, and limited the opposition to a .237 batting average with five strikeouts, two hits and no earned runs. One of her appearances came against LSU in relief during the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational.  

Clopton, whose mother Sarah Workman Clopton was a first-team All-Big 12 pitcher in 1999 at Kansas, was the nation’s No. 7 overall prospect by FloSoftball and No. 11 by Softball America. She was a two-time Gatorade Pitcher of the Year in Kansas, two-time All-Sunflower League Player of the Year and three-time All-State choice out of Free State High School.

Oklahoma State made back-to-back appearances in the Women’s College World Series during both seasons that Clopton was a member of the program, including a 47-16 record last season that included a 1-2 showing in the WCWS.

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