Aiming to bolster its infield defense and lineup, the Nebraska softball team announced the addition of Oregon State transfer Cam Ybarra on Friday.

Ybarra, who just completed her sophomore season at OSU, will be immediately eligible and will have two years of eligibility.

"She brings a wealth of experience having competed and succeeded as a player in the competitive Pac-12 Conference," NU coach Rhonda Revelle said in a statement. "We look forward to the impact that she will have on the program."

Ybarra played in 35 games this past season, making 31 starts. The Mission Viejo, California, native spent most of the season as the designated player, hitting .326 in league play. As a freshman, she started all 53 games at second base and was named to the Pac-12 all-freshman and all-defensive teams in a highly competitive conference.

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The addition of Ybarra gives the Huskers some much-needed depth in the infield. With Ybarra on board and incoming freshmen Brooke Andrews and Keana Pola — both middle infielders — set to join for the fall, the Huskers will have some options, including moving Tristen Edwards to the outfield, her natural position, full time.

Nebraska also has senior-to-be Samantha Owen, who played primarily at third base as a junior but can play at multiple spots.

The Huskers also need a starting first baseman with Madi Unzicker graduating.

Ybarra also will continue the Corona Angel pipeline to Lincoln. The club team has produced Edwards and ex-Huskers Bri Cassidy, Dawna Tyson, Emily Lockman, MJ Knighten, and Taylor and Tatum Edwards.

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