Oklahoma State softball adds pitcher Ruby Meylan via transfer portal

Currently, the Oklahoma State softball team loses only two starters in the field, with Caroline Wang at catcher and Jilyen Poullard in center field, but also its two best pitchers in Lexi Kilfoyl and Ivy Rosenberry.

That’s why OSU coach Kenny Gajewski moved so quickly in pursuing Washington transfer Ruby Meylan, who committed to the Cowgirls on Thursday.

Meylan was an All-Pac-12 selection and NFCA third-team All-American in her two seasons at Washington, where she posted a 2.31 ERA with 343 strikeouts in 303 ⅔ innings. Opponents hit just .224 against Meylan, who will be a junior next year and was considered the best available pitcher in the transfer portal.

As exciting as the addition of Meylan is, Gajewski could still pursue another arm from the portal to add depth to the bullpen.

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Among the returning pitchers, Kyra Aycock was good but not as effective as she had been as a freshman, and highly touted recruit Katie Kutz endured some of the typical learning challenges a freshman faces. Yet there is hope for the future in both.

Gajewski also must find pieces to fit a returning lineup that featured two freshmen, four sophomores (including designated player Micaela Wark) and a junior.

Catching depth will be important with the loss of Wang, who had one of the best seasons by a catcher OSU has ever seen.

Poullard’s unique style as a center fielder and leadoff hitter will be difficult to copy, so that position will look different, but Gajewski can be creative with his approach there because of the depth he returns.

As of now, OSU only has two players in the transfer portal, outfielders Haidyn Sokoloski and Katie Lott.

OSU has signed two high school players, led by catcher/middle infielder Tara Vandewater, who was ranked No. 10 nationally in the Class of 2024 by Extra Inning Softball.

Madison Hoffman, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder, also signed in the spring.

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