Virginia Tech softball ace Carrie Eberle has decided to transfer to 2019 Women’s College World Series participant Oklahoma State.
Eberle, who was the 2019 ACC pitcher of the year, announced her decision on Twitter on Sunday. She had entered the transfer portal on June 5 as a graduate transfer.
Eberle, who was also the ACC softball scholar-athlete of the year, graduated from Virginia Tech in only three years. She has one year of eligibility remaining.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity and so happy to begin this new chapter of my life,” Eberle tweeted. “Thank you to all my family and friends for their support through this process and major life change. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me at OSU!”
Oklahoma State was 45-17 overall and 13-5 in the Big 12 this year. Its top two pitchers were seniors.
The Cowboys hosted a four-team NCAA regional and went 3-0 to win it. They went 2-1 to win their Super Regional series at Florida State, earning the eighth Women’s College World Series berth in their history and their first one in eight years. They went 2-2 in the Women’s College World Series.
After Virginia Tech lost at Kentucky in an NCAA regional final last month, Eberle said she planned to return to the Hokies for her final season.
But Virginia Tech coach Pete D’Amour said on June 6 in a text message that Eberle, who was a biology major, “wants to pursue a master’s in that related field.”
When asked on June 6 whether there was a chance Eberle could remain a Hokie, D’Amour had texted, “We’ll just let it play out. We’ll see.”
Eberle helped the 47-11 Hokies make the NCAAs this year for the first time since 2015.
She was 25-8 with a 1.84 ERA as a junior this year. She had 164 strikeouts and 55 walks in 201 1/3 innings. Eberle, who had 23 complete games and nine shutouts, became the first Hokie to be named ACC pitcher of the year since Angela Tincher won the honor three straight years from 2006-08.
Eberle made the All-ACC second team as a sophomore in 2018, when Scot Thomas was the Hokies’ coach.
Virginia Tech will still return another 2019 All-ACC first-team pitcher in Keely Rochard. She was 22-3 with a 1.81 ERA, 193 strikeouts and 42 walks in 162 2/3 innings as a sophomore this year.
Tech signed pitcher Kaylee Hewitt of Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, last fall. She had originally verbally committed to Oregon.
Eberle becomes the second pitcher of note to transfer from Virginia Tech since D’Amour replaced Thomas.
Jordan Dail, who was 6-10 with 116 strikeouts as a Tech freshman in 2018, transferred to Oregon after the fall 2018 semester. The Brookville High School graduate went 18-18 with 240 strikeouts in 248 innings for the Ducks this year.