South Alabama sophomore catcher Chloe Rathburn announced via social media yesterday that she will transfer from the program this offseason.
In the announcement, Rathburn made clear that her future destination has not been chosen. She will have two years of eligibility remaining when she suits up for her new team; worthy of note is that, unless released from her scholarship by USA coach Becky Clark, Rathburn will likely have to sit out next season with her new team.
A native of Mission Viejo, California, Rathburn's departure will leave a big hole in the Jags lineup as they seek to repeat their Sun Belt title next season. The team's leading hitter with a .371 batting average, she improved the statistic by eighty-four points from her freshman to her sophomore campaign. She sports a .518 career slugging percentage and eleven career home runs on her resume as she looks for a new home.
Rathburn set the single-season team RBI record this year with her 53rd. She earned first-team all-Sun Belt honors in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.
This is the second high-profile underclassman to transfer out of the South Alabama program in the last three years; then-freshman Haley Fagan sat out last season after transferring to Auburn following the 2013 campaign.
We will keep you updated on Rathburn's eventual landing spot.
UPDATED 6/3/15: As hinted to on Rathburn's social media pages and now officially confirmed by the university, Chloe Rathburn will transfer to the University of Missouri.