Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head softball coach Chris Hawkins has announced the addition of four transfers that will joining the Spartans for the upcoming 2019 season.
The four transfers include Jullian Atteberry, Melanie Groenewegen, Alyssa Oakes and Celina Sullivan.
"I am real pleased in the quality of the players and people we have brought in this fall," said Hawkins. "Their athletic stats are awesome but they are great students as well. I feel we have improved in every area that was lacking last season. I look forward to the transition into the Big South with this recruiting class."
Atteberry previously attended Seward Community College in Liberal, Kan. She will provide USC Upstate with a lot of offensive production and has her name listed throughout the Seward record book. She finished second all-time in career runs scored (118) and walks (48) while being tied for third in home runs (27), seventh in RBI (108) and ninth in doubles (28). This past season she hit .443 with 16 home runs, 17 doubles and 52 RBI. Atteberry has received both First Team and Second Team All-Jayhawk West selections. Academically, she was named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll in both years. She graduated from Las Pumas High School in Oroville, Calif.
Groenewegen comes to the Spartans after playing the last two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. A native of Surrey, British Columbia, she earned numerous awards last season including Second Team NJCAA All-American, Second Team NFCA All-American, First Team NFCA All-West Region and First Team All-Region 18. Groenewegen hit .518 with 20 doubles, 17 home runs and 82 RBI as Southern Idaho won the Region 18 championship and finished seventh nationally. As a freshman, she hit .451 with 21 doubles, 15 home runs and 77 RBI while being named All-Region 18. Her sister, Sara, played softball professionally for the Akron Racers and is also on the Canadian National Team.
Oakes is transferring from Central Florida after spending one season with the Knights and one at Seminole State College. Serving primarily as a backup last year at UCF, she hit .211 after playing in 15 games with eight starts. Oakes spent her freshman season at Seminole State College and was a Third Team NJCAA All-American after hitting .403 with six home runs, 59 RBI, 46 runs scored and 18 doubles. She also threw out 10 baserunners in 21 stolen base attempts. Oakes graduated from Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla.
Sullivan competed the last two seasons at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. A First Team All-American last season by the NJCAA and Fastpitch News, Sullivan went 23-2 with a 1.01 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 138.1 innings pitched. She was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher at the NJCAA National Tournament while ranking second in the country in strikeouts per seven innings. Sullivan tossed two no-hitters last year and struck out 10 or more batters eight times, later being named the KJCCC Most Valuable Player. Offensively, she hit .568 with five home runs and 32 RBI playing primarily at third base. Sullivan was a Second Team All-Conference selection in 2017. She concludes her career at Butler first in career ERA, fourth in strikeouts and seventh in wins. She also ranks third for a single season in strikeouts and ERA. Sullivan graduated from Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, N.M.
The four transfers give USC Upstate a total of 13 newcomers for the 2019 campaign, joining the nine that we announced during the winter in Tori Glines, Sajarie Jones, Madison Lanoux, Riley McTiernan, Sarah Price, Alexa Sanchez, Riley Sheehy, Marisa Soterakis and Ashlyn Wallace.
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