OXFORD, Miss. – (Release) Ole Miss head softball coach Jamie Trachsel announced the addition of Georgia Tech transfer Bre Roper on Tuesday, bolstering the Rebel squad with the former Preseason All-ACC selection.
Roper will have one season of eligibility remaining after playing four seasons for the Yellowjackets, racking up 53 extra base hits, including 34 doubles and 16 home runs. The Woodstock, Georgia, native will bring position flexibility to the Rebel lineup, having split time between the infield and outfield in Atlanta.
Starting 44-of-46 games in 2021, Roper ranked fourth in the GT lineup with a .298 batting average. She easily paced the team with 42 runs scored, seventh most in the ACC. The Woodstock High School product also saw a significant jump in her power numbers, clobbering nine home runs after entering the year with seven in her career.
Roper tied for the Georgia Tech lead with 15 runs scored during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. Entering the year as a Preseason All-ACC selection, she made the most of her two big flies during the season, smacking the game-winning home run against Kennesaw State and pummeling a grand slam against Mercer.
The lefty’s breakout season came as a sophomore in 2019, in which she led the ACC with 18 doubles and ranked fourth in the league with 71 hits to lead the Yellowjackets with a .364 average. Roper crossed the plate 49 times on the year to lead the team, while also driving home 30 runs. Starting all 58 games at second base, Roper led the NCAA in hits for a significant portion of the year, finishing the campaign with 20 multi-hit games and boasting a 15-game hitting streak.
As a freshman, Roper made an immediate impact. She started 42 games and made 47 appearances, primarily in the outfield. She started out with a bang, taking her first career hit over the fence for a grand slam, a feat she would accomplish twice on the year. She finished the season with a .203 average, posting 20 runs and 19 RBIs.
Prior to joining the Yellowjackets, Roper was a four-year standout at Woodstock High School, racking up three all-county and all-region honors and an all-state selection in 2015. In addition to softball, Roper also competed in track and field.