Former Texas Lutheran infielder Cassie Roche has transferred to UT. Roche hit 11 home runs and stole 79 bases while playing for the Division III Bulldogs. (photo courtesy of Texas Lutheran athletics)

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Division III champ Cassie Roche joins the Longhorns as Texas eyes a 2021 title run

Posted July 23rd, 2020

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For the third time this offseason, Texas’ softball team has welcomed a transfer into its dugout.

UT announced on Thursday that Cassie Roche will join the Longhorns for the 2021 softball season. Roche spent the past four seasons at Texas Lutheran. Roche was the Bulldogs’ starting shortstop this spring.

A Corpus Christi product, Roche hit .361 over the 148 games she played at Texas Lutheran. She showcased both speed (79 stolen bases) and power (11 homers) during her time in Seguin. In 2019, Roche and the Bulldogs won the NCAA Division III championship.

Read more: What’s on deck for Texas softball in 2021?

Texas went 24-3 this past season and was the third-ranked team in the final NFCA poll. Shortstop, though, is the only position that Texas won’t have a returning starter at in 2021. Sophomore McKenzie Parker has played shortstop for the Longhorns before. Incoming freshman Alyssa Washington could also contend for playing time.

Roche won’t be the only new face at Texas this upcoming season. Texas signed six high school prospects in November. Additionally, pitcher Molly Jacobsen and utility player Brianna Cantu recently transferred in from Ole Miss and Texas Tech.

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