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Rachel Houck, a former Mt. Vernon softball standout who recently completed her freshman season at the University of Louisville, has decided to transfer to Ball State.

Citing “major changes” within the Louisville program and a desire to switch her major to Pre-Veterinary, which was offered at Ball State but not Louisville, Houck will suit up for Ball State in 2015. She will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Ball State was the first school to recruit me, and they have given me an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact there,” Houck said. “And at the place they are now, they have a great chance of making it into the NCAA tournament every year.”

Houck, a three-time Hancock County Player of the Year, appeared in 14 games at Louisville last season. She expects to contend for playing time immediately in Muncie.

“We are very excited to add Rachel and (Western Kentucky transfer) India (Steward) to our program,” Ball State head coach Tyra Perry said in a news release. “Rachel played multiple sports in high school and understands how to successfully fulfill her role. She has the potential to be a powerhouse at the plate and can play first or third base.”

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