Oklahoma softball has lost its second player to the transfer portal on Monday as sophomore Sophia Nugent joined star pitcher Jordy Bahl in leaving the Sooners’ program just days after winning its third straight national title.
As a part of the Sooners’ 2021 recruiting class, Nugent was the No. 3 overall player in the class, according to Extra Innings and Softball America, and the top overall catcher according to Extra Innings.
Nugent made her announcement on Twitter, thanking her coaches, teammates, and support staff for her time in Norman.
The Los Alamitos (CA) product appeared in 50 games for the Sooners in 2023, batting .274 with 19 runs on 17 hits, and 23 RBI.
In her two seasons combined, Nugent had 153 putouts behind the plate, with seven assists and no errors, recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
With senior catcher Kinzie Hansen returning in 2024, the Sooners will still have their top option behind the plate, but this loss certainly hits them hard at catcher depth.
With Nugent and Bahl gone, as well as Grace Lyons, Alex Storako, and Haley Lee exiting the program, it appears that the Sooners have some work to do if they hope to compete for another title in 2024.