Rittman announces addition of five transfers

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Head softball coach John Rittman at the topping out ceremony.  (Photo: Tanner Hall)
Head softball coach John Rittman at the topping out ceremony. (Photo: Tanner Hall)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson University head softball coach John Rittman announced the addition of five transfers to the program Tuesday. The signees include Mary Kathryn “MK” Bonamy, Camden “Cammy” Pereira, Marissa Guimbarda and Bailey Taylor. All four are set to join Ansley Gilstrap, Clemson’s first transfer who joined the program officially last summer. Rittman also now expects the Tigers’ squad to be nearly, if not, fully rounded out heading into the fall with a total of 16 players on the official roster.

“We’re thrilled to welcome MK [Bonamy], Marissa [Guimbarda], Cammy [Pereira], and Bailey [Taylor] to our Clemson Family,” said Rittman. “These four student-athletes will be a great addition to our program and will provide our young team with much needed Division-I playing experience and leadership. This talented group of athletes combined with last year’s Division-I transfer, Ansley [Gilstrap], and our 2018 and 2019 signing classes will represent the Tigers in 2020, our inaugural season.”

Ansley Gilstrap • IF • R-Sr. • USC Upstate • Blythewood, S.C. • Blythewood HS

2017-18 ASUN First Team All-Conference Preseason All-Conference … 2017-18 ASUN All-Academic selection … 2017 ASUN Tournament MVP … 2017 ASUN All-Tournament Team … 2016 ASUN All-Freshman Team … Started in all 54 games at shortstop and hit leadoff in 39 games for USC Upstate in 2018 … Led the Spartans in 2018 in stolen bases (42) stolen base attempts (44), runs scored (T-40) and assists (89) … Her 42 stolen bases are good for seventh all-time in ASUN single game history and the most in conference in 2018.

Mary Kathryn “MK” Bonamy • IF • R-Sr. • Notre Dame • Hoover Ala. • Spain Park HS

Started in all 55 games for Notre Dame in 2019 … Hit .310 with eight doubles and six homers last season … Ranked third on the Irish in RBI (44) in 2019 … Recorded a fielding percentage of 0.989 last season … Started all 57 games at first base in 2018 … Achieved a team season-best five hits with bases loaded in 2018.

Marissa Guimbarda • P/1B • Jr. • Furman University • Suwanee, Ga. • Lambert HS

2019 Southern Conference (SoCon) Player of the Year … Started in all 51 games for Furman in 2019 … Led the SoCon batting average (.348) and slugging (.754) for the 2019 regular season … Also led the SoCon in total bases (104) and home runs (16) … Tabbed SoCon Player of the Week (March 4).

Camden “Cammy” Pereira • IF • R-Jr. • Furman University • Winston-Salem, N.C. • West Forsyth HS

2019 First Team All-SoCon selection … Hit .318 with six doubles, a conference-best six triple, two homers and 17 RBI … Started in all 51 games for Furman in 2019 in either left field or second base … Batted at a team-leading .350 clip with seven extra base hits in 17 SoCon matchups … Redshirted as a freshman in 2017 due to shoulder surgery.

Bailey Taylor • IF • Jr. • Troy University • Winnsboro, S.C. • Richard Winn Academy

Appeared in 52 games, including 48 starts, as a sophomore at Troy University in 2019 … Saw action at first base and as the designated player … Finished the 2019 season with batting average of .310 and a 1.000 fielding percentage … Recorded eight doubles, six home runs and 40 RBI last season … Tallied a career-high six RBI against Saint Joseph’s in 2019, when she also posted a career-high two doubles.

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