21 Feb

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Oregon trail taking Texas on a new path

The Texas softball team is enjoying themselves with a 7-1 start heading into this weekend's Texas Invitational at McCombs Field (Photo courtesy of Texas Sports).

AUSTIN — The Oregon trail that followed head coach Mike White down to Texas is more than meshing in with the Longhorn softball team. They’ve embraced an enthusiasm that bounds out of the dugout and has Texas off to a 7-1 start to the 2019 season.

From Eugene, Ore. on down to Austin, the new Texas coach brought an air of energy to the team, not to mention four eventual transfers from the Oregon Ducks to come be part of something special on the Forty Acres.

Shannon Rhodes, Mary Iakopo, Lauren Burke and Miranda Elish have made immediate impacts as new Longhorns after their transfer, with a combined .403 average, 15 runs scored, four homers and 20 RBIs.

Even the veteran Longhorns have felt the vibrations that are making this team a joy to watch as they enjoy themselves.

“We’ve had a big rejuvenation,” said veteran junior third baseman Malory Schattle. “Having this new coaching staff, they’ve brought forward a ‘play loose and have fun’ kind of mentality.”