The University of Texas publicly introduces new softball coach Mike White on June 26, 2018. White spent the past nine years as Oregon's head coach. LYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Four months after leaving Oregon, Mike White adds two ex-Ducks to his softball roster at Texas

Posted October 22nd, 2018


When he coaches his first game of consequence at his new job, Mike White will have two more familiar faces in the Texas dugout.

It was announced on Monday that junior pitcher Miranda Elish and sophomore utility player Lauren Burke will join UT’s softball program after the semester break. Burke and Elish both played for White at Oregon. This past June, White was hired by Texas after leading the Ducks for nine seasons.

At Texas, Elish and Burke will reunite with White and former Oregon assistants Chelsea Spencer and Kailee Cuico. Texas expects that both players will be eligible for this upcoming season.


“This is truly a big day for Texas softball as we are very excited to add two dynamic players to our 2019 roster,” White said in a press release. “Both Miranda Elish and Lauren Burke are players that possess tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the game. They are true difference makers and will have a big impact on how our team fares during the upcoming season. Texas fans are in for a real treat when Miranda and Lauren suit up in the Burnt Orange & White.”

The right-handed Elish went 37-2 over her two seasons at Oregon. She compiled a 1.42 ERA and was responsible for Oregon’s first-ever seven-inning perfect game. Elish threw a three-hitter against Texas during last season’s non-conference meeting in Mexico.

At Texas, Elish joins a pitching staff that boasts all-conference left-hander Brooke Bolinger as its only experienced arm.

Burke hit .351 with three home runs during the 2018 season. She mostly served as a designated player and pinch hitter during last year’s postseason.

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