Porterville College Softball transfers four on to next level

Porterville College Softball transfers four on to next level

Porterville College Softball head coach Vickie Dugan has announced that four members from her Pirates squad has signed on with four-year colleges to continue their academic and athletic careers. Briana Bamber is headed to Urbana University in Ohio, Danielle "Nelly" Jimenez and Alyssa Benally are both transferring to Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, and Destiny Garcia will take her talents to Transylvania University in Kentucky.

"It is no surprise that athletes from our softball program are able to transfer to four-year schools," said Porterville College Director of Athletics and Student Programs Joe Cascio. "Coach Dugan and her staff do a great job of preparing student-athletes for success on and off the field. Coach Dugan is one of the best in the business, especially when it comes to stressing the importance of academics.  Her teams are always among the state leaders in GPA. I am very proud of these student-athletes and their accomplishments."

Bamber, out of Monache High School, led the Pirates last season with 9 stolen bases and was tied for the team lead with 16 walks. Her 25 runs scored ranked second on the squad while she totaled 18 hits over 94 at bats (.191 batting average). As a freshman in 2015, Bamber earned first-team All-Central Valley Conference honors.

Urbana University is located in Urbana, Ohio and competes at the NCAA Division II level as a member of the Mountain East Conference. The Knights are led by second-year head coach Kira Zeiter.

Jimenez (Porterville High School) was one of the Pirates' top hitters in 2016 as she ranked second on the squad in batting average (.389), hits 37, RBI (26), and home runs (3). Her .642 slugging percentage led Porterville as she totaled team-highs of 11 doubles and 2 triples. Her 27 runs also led PC. Jimenez was a first-team All-CVC selection as a freshman in 2015.

Benally (Mohave High School/Bullhead City, AZ) played her sophomore season for Porterville in 2015. Her .368 batting average was second on the Pirates as she totaled 32 hits, 19 runs, 9 doubles, a homerun, and 18 RBI. Her 14 walks ranked third on the squad. Benally was named All-CVC honorable mention in 2015.

Jimenez and Benally will play together at Blue Mountain College for head coach Tyler Herring. BMC is located in Blue Mountain, Mississippi and competes at the NAIA level as a member of the Southern State Athletic Conference.

Garcia (Lindsay High School) was one of the Pirates top fielders in 2016. From the outfield, she compiled a .971 fielding percentage after committing just two errors in 70 chances. On offense, Garcia scored 12 runs, totaled 11 hits, had 5 RBI, walked five times, and stole four bases. Garcia was also a first-team All-CVC pick as a freshman in 2015.

Transylvania University is located in Lexington, Kentucky and plays at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Pioneers are led by head coach Shawn Hendrickson.  

Porterville College Softball Transfers
Briana Bamber (Monache High School) – Urbana University in Ohio
Danielle "Nelly" Jimenez (Porterville High School) – Blue Mountain College in Mississippi
Destiny Garcia (Lindsay High School) – Transylvania University in Kentucky
Alyssa Benally (Mohave High School, Bullhead City, AZ) – Blue Mountain College in Mississippi