3rd season at Baylor
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Louisiana State (2002)
Three-time first-team All-American Britni Sneed is in her third season as pitching coach at Baylor. She joined the Baylor staff in 2004 after spending one season as a student assistant at Louisiana State.
Sneed's first season at Baylor saw her guide the Lady Bears pitchers to one of the most impressive seasons for a BU pitching staff in school history. Under her guidance, the Baylor pitchers established several new school records on their way to qualifying for the NCAA Softball Championships for the first time in school history.
On the year, the Baylor pitching staff established new school records for saves (12), fewest walks allowed (77) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.88). Baylor finished the season with the second-best ERA in the Big 12 Conference (1.23) and led the league with only 19 home runs allowed all year. In fact, the staff was among the best in the nation as Baylor ranked 15th in the country in ERA and winning percentage.
In 2004, her pitching staff earned numerous honors as Lisa Ferguson was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week following her no-hitter against Auburn while Cristin Vitek was an all-conference selection as well as a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year.
One of the greatest pitching performances in NCAA history came under Sneed's guidance as Vitek established new single-game NCAA, NCAA Tournament and Big 12 Conference records with 28 strikeouts against North Carolina to open the 2004 NCAA Softball Championships.
Ferguson finished the year second in the nation with eight saves as Vitek finished ninth in the country with 31 victories and 18th in the nation with a 0.89 ERA.
The success for the Baylor hurlers continued in 2005 as the pitching staff established a new school record for wins and helped claim Baylor its first regional title in school history. Once again, control was the focus of Sneed's pitching staff as Baylor led the Big 12 Conference in fewest walks per game with 1.45. In addition, Baylor led the league in saves for the second straight season, recording nine, as Tessa Lynam finished the year ranked 19th in the nation with four saves.
One of the greatest collegiate pitchers ever, Sneed began her playing career at LSU under Baylor head coach Glenn Moore. In those two years, she posted a 50-12 record in the circle with 482 strikeouts in just over 400 innings pitched.
In 2002, Sneed was named NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Louisiana. Twice during her career, she was a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year honors.
Sneed established LSU and Southeastern Conference single-season records for strikeouts in a season in each of her final three seasons with the Tigers. She ranked second nationally in strikeouts per game as a senior, and her career strikeout total of 1,370 ranks second in NCAA history.
"We are privileged to have Britni on our staff," Moore said. "She was a tremendous pitcher for me at LSU, and she definitely knows the art of pitching. Her experience on the national level will be beneficial in recruiting, and she works well with pitchers. Britni is a great fit for Baylor University."
Sneed was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2002 after going 34-7 with a 0.75 ERA and 478 strikeouts in 281.0 innings. She earned Louisiana player of the year and SEC all-tournament honors twice.
For her career, Sneed was 120-25 with an ERA of 0.89. She tossed 106 complete games with 55 shutouts and six no-hitters. Sneed allowed just 489 hits and 184 walks in 976.1 career innings pitched.
A native of Houston, Texas, Sneed was a High School All-American at Cypress-Fair High School and was recently inducted into the school's hall of fame. She holds SEC career records for wins, ERA, opponents' batting average (.147), shutouts, strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings (9.82).