Six recently announced transfers from other NCAA Division I programs will bolster Bellarmine’s softball and men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Softball Coach Renee Hicks announced the transfers of three players: Megan Murphy from Morehead, Shelby Kelley from Clemson and Sarah Ratterman from Butler. Murphy, a pitcher, will have three years of eligibility while Kelley and Ratterman still have four years to play collegiately.
Murphy spent two years at Morehead but was granted a medical redshirt last season. A native of Ashland, Kentucky, she started her high school career at Ashland Paul Blazer High School but graduated from Scott County High School after her family moved. Among her high school accolades, she was named All-District, All-Region, All-State, Academic All-State and earned the Vernon Bibb award for Outstanding Pitcher. At Bellarmine, “the campus community and the coaching staff made me feel as if they genuinely cared about me as a person and player,” she said.
Ratterman played one year at Butler, where she took a medical redshirt year. Projected as an outfielder, she is a true utility player who picked up All-State honors while playing at Christian Academy of Louisville. “I came to Bellarmine for the elite academics, coaches and team,” she said. “Playing in my hometown was also very important to me.”
Kelley committed to Clemson out of Ballard High School in Louisville, where she was a six-year varsity starter for the Bruins. She hit .482 and posted a 1.15 ERA in the circle as a senior to earn All-State honors. Because Clemson’s softball program was not set to begin until this academic year, Kelley still has all four years of eligibility remaining. She transferred to be closer to family and to be part of Bellarmine’s move to DI. “I want to be in the record books and to be a part of history,” she said.
Pedro Bradshaw, a 2017 Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist out of Russellville High School who played last season at Eastern Kentucky University after beginning his collegiate career at Belmont (Tenn.) University, will be immediately eligible following an NCAA waiver and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-7 guard/forward guided the Russellville Panthers to a Fourth Region title as a senior and finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,938 points) and rebounder (1,169).
Bradshaw said he is looking forward to playing with the Knights. “They have an amazing culture and tradition,” Bradshaw said. “The way they play is extremely unselfish—the way they pass, everybody shares the ball, everybody can shoot the ball. I want to be a part of that winning culture.”
Former Kentucky Miss Basketball finalist Alisha Owens has transferred from Georgia Southern, and former Louisville prep star Tasia Jeffries has joined the Knights from Saint Louis University.
Owens, a 6-foot forward, will have three years of eligibility remaining. The All-State product of Henderson County (Ky.) High School redshirted in 2017-18 at Division I Georgia Southern while playing in 24 games as a redshirt freshman with the Eagles in 2018-19. She made six starts and averaged 15.8 minutes over her 24 appearances for Georgia Southern last season. She shot a team-high 46.2 percent from the field and averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest.
As a senior at Henderson County, Owens was named Second Region Player of the Year. She was a two-time All-Region selection and four-time All-District honoree over her five seasons with the Colonels, along with being a four-time All-Academic Team member.
Jeffries, a 5-foot-8 guard, attended Louisville’s Butler Traditional High School, where she was instrumental in two state championships. She’ll have two years of eligibility remaining at Bellarmine. Jeffries appeared in 40 games over her two seasons at Saint Louis and was a member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll both seasons.
She said there were three primary traits she wanted in a transfer school: competitive academics, a real desire for her presence from coaches, and the ability to win championships. “Bellarmine checked every box on that list with ease.”