Is All-American Megan Kleist Transferring To UL?
Is an All-American softball pitcher transferring from her current school to become a member of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns?
There is now reason to believe that may be the case.
The 2018 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Kleist went 21-7 with a 1.32 ERA and struck out 221 batters over 179.2 innings last season.
A 2017 & 2018 NFCA All-American, Kleist would be he sixth and most prominent player to leave Oregon’s softball program this fall.
Now, where will Kleist land?
One prominent softball publication believes the right-hander will transfer to Louisiana.
The transfer to UL would reunite Kleist with UL pitching coach Mike Roberts, who served in that role at Oregon, prior to becoming head coach at Buffalo last season.
If Kleist does come to UL, to team up with Summer Ellyson inside the circle; with the transfer additions of such players like Keeli Milligan, Sarah Hudek, Raina O'Neal, and Bailey Curry, and Julie Rawls, along with what the Cajuns have coming back from last year, it makes them not only a viable Women's College World Series team, but also a team capable of going deep into the event.
Simply put; this would be a monster get for coach Gerry Glasco's program.
Now, my sources, for what it's worth, tell me that the chances of Kleist transferring to Louisiana are indeed really good.
Of course, nothing is official, and transfers can be complicated. For instance, Kleist is an outstanding student, who is set to graduate next spring. Oregon is a trimester school, compared to UL, which is different.
Will that be an issue, in terms of transferring credits? I have no idea.
So, while it looks like Kleist will pitch for the Cajuns in 2019, barring any kind of glitch in the transfer of academic credits, let's wait until everything is official before getting too excited.
A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Kleist would be a senior in 2019, and would have one year of eligibility remaining.
In three seasons at Oregon, Kleist compiled an overall record of 59-18 with a 1.60 ERA., to go along with 475 strikeouts over 477 innings pitched.