Three Junior College Transfers Set to Join USC Aiken Softball Program
AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken head softball coach Jerry Snyder announced the addition of three junior college transfers to the 2013 Pacer softball roster on Tuesday, July 3.
Two players will join the Pacer roster after helping Aiken Tech to the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. Another will join the USC Aiken softball program out of Florida State College of Jacksonville.
Alyssa Cook joins the Pacer softball program as a catcher/first baseman out of Aiken Tech. The St. Leonard, Md. native was a two-time NJCAA First-Team All-Region choice (2011 and 2012). She was also chosen as a NFCA and NJCAA Academic All-American in both 2011 and 2012.
She enters USC Aiken owning a 3.95 grade point average.
"We have watched Alyssa grow while playing at Aiken Tech, and we are very excited to add her to our roster,” noted Snyder. “She brings a strong left-handed bat to our lineup and can play multiple positions."
An outfielder/utility player, Jennifer McKellar, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, also joins the Pacers out of Aiken Tech.
McKellar was a First-Team All-Region selection in the 2012 season. She was also tabbed a NFCA and NJCAA Academic All-American in 2012.
McKeller also enters the Pacer softball program owning a 3.95 grade point average.
"Jenny is another well-rounded utility-type player,” said Snyder. “She can contribute at many different positions and we expect her to compete for playing time right away."
Marisa Oldaker is a pitcher/utility player out of Florida State College of Jacksonville. The Swansea, S.C. native closed out her prep career at Swansea High School where she was a multi-year All-State selection.
During her time at Florida State College of Jacksonville, Oldaker was a First-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference selection.
Oldaker’s older brother, Terry (2008-10), was a member of the USC Aiken baseball team.
"Marisa is the classic utility player,” remarked Snyder. “She can pitch, play infield and outfield all at a high level. We expect that Marisa will be able to contribute in many different positions this year. She has blazing speed and is an offensive threat everytime she steps in the box."
The trio joins a USC Aiken softball team that compiled a 26-17 record in the 2012 season. The 26 wins marked the 18th time in the last 19 seasons that the Pacers have earned at least 20 victories.
USC Aiken went 10-10 in Peach Belt Conference play and went to the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Softball Tournament by defeating rival Augusta State 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Kaitlyn White and India Kornegay were honored to the Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Tournament team for their performances. Kornegay, who broke numerous school single-season and career records during the 2012 season, also earned a Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Conference Second-Team selection.
Kayla Denham was honored for her work in the classroom by being selected to the Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team.