31 Cassie Baca
31 - Cassie Baca
Height: 5-3
Year: Sr.
Hometown: South Pasadena, CA
High School: South Pasadena
Position: SS
Major: Economics
Bats/Throws: R/R

Outstanding four-year run with the program saw her play in 175 games (6th most in program history), 173 as a starter which ranks fifth all-time at Emory ... Recorded 53 multi-hit contests and drove in two or more runs on 32 occasions ... No. 1 on the school's all-time ladder with 395 assists ... 4th on the Eagles' career chart with 538 at-bats, seventh in triples (9) and tied for ninth with 131 runs scored ... Logged 120 RBIs, good for 10th place all-time at Emory and finished 11th with 185 hits.

Senior (2019):
Driving force as a senior, helping the Eagles to a national runner-up finish at the D-III Championships ... Started 51 (all at shortstop) of the 52 games she saw action in and finished second on the team and tied for 11th in the UAA in batting average (.372, 64-of-172) ... First Team All-UAA ... Shared UAA Co-Position Player of the Year honors with teammate Sami Feller ... Tied for team lead with 18 multi-hit games and drove in two or more runs a team-best 13 times ... Socked seven triples, tying the program's third-highest seasonal mark while pacing all UAA players ... 64 hits placed second on the squad and tied for fifth on the Emory seasonal chart ... Topped the UAA with 46 RBIs, good for a ninth-place tie on the school's seasonal ladder ... Two-time UAA Hitter of the Week ... Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Lynchburg Super Regional after hitting .583 (7-of-12) with seven RBIs ... Hit .375 (18-of-48), placing second on the team, and totaled a team-high 15 RBIs during Emory's 13-game run in the NCAA Tournament ... Finished with three RBIS, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the first that got the Eagles on the board and sac fly in the bottom of the sixth capped a three-run frame and was the final tally of the contest in a 7-5 come-from behind win over Randolph-Macon in the first game of the NCAA D-III championships ... Two-out single scored Jenna Wilson in the top of the third, giving Emory a 2-1 edge, vs. Texas Lutheran (May 27) in the first game of the NCAA D-III Championship series ... 2-for-4 and totaled three RBIS, two coming on a double as part of seven-run sixth inning, giving the Eagles a 7-3 lead in an eventual 9-5 win over Lynchburg that evened the Super Regional series at 1-1 ... Huge game vs. Lynchburg in the winner-take-all game of the NCAA Super Regional (May 18), hitting safely three times in four plate appearances and driving in four runs in a come-from-behind 10-8 triumph – two-out, two-run single in the top of the fifth narrowed Emory’s deficit to one run, and she later scored the tying run later in the frame as a result of a Sami Feller single … drove in two more runs as part of a three-run sixth with her single giving the Eagles a 9-6 edge ...  Dramatic eighth-inning walk-off single plated Krista Colussi with the winning run in a 5-4 verdict over Piedmont (May 13) in the winner-take-all game of the NCAA Demorest Regional – ended that game 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 RBIs ... Two hits, one of which was a two-run triple that capped a four-run fourth inning and that boosted Emory to a 6-1 advantage vs. Transylvania (May 10) in the opening game of the NCAA Demorest Regional … 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, those coming on a two-out triple in the top of the fifth that also saw her cross the plate as a result of an error in a five-inning, 11-3 verdict over Brandeis (Apr. 28) ... Collected two hits and knocked in three runs, the first two on a first-inning double and third coming on a solo homer in the top of the seventh that gave the Eagles a 5-3 edge in an eventual outcome over Brandeis  (Apr. 27) ...  Her second hit of the game was a grand slam (first homer of the year) in the top of the ninth that snapped a 3-3 deadlock and gave the Eagle a 7-3 win in the first game of a four-game set vs. Case Western Reserve (Apr. 20) ... Collected two of the team’s five hits and her single in the bottom of the third knotted the score at 2-2 in the first game of a doubleheader vs. NYU (Apr.13) ...  Singled in Jenna Wilson in the top of the seventh, giving Emory a 3-1 advantage in an eventual 3-2 victory over Wash U (Apr. 6) ... Two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth plated the tying and go-ahead scores in the Eagles’ 4-1 win over Carnegie Mellon (Mar. 30) ... 2-for-4 and crossed the plate twice in a 7-4 victory over Emory and Henry (Mar. 13) ... Hit safely twice in five trips to the plate and scored the team’s first run in an 8-3 triumph over Maryville (Mar. 10)  in the second game of a doubleheader ... Named UAA Softball Hitter of the Week (Mar. 5) after posting a .556 mark at the plate (5-for-9) with six runs scored and four RBIs over a three-game series vs. DePauw – 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs in a 9-5 triumph over the Tigers.

Junior (2018):
Continued her role as the lynchpin of the Emory defense, starting 40 of 41 games at shortstop ... First Team All-UAA honoree ... Ended the year hitting .290 (36-of-124) ... Led the team in at-bats (124) and RBIs (23) ... Second on the squad with six doubles ... Third on the team with eight multi-hit outings and tied for first with five multi-RBI performances ... Placed third on the club's scoresheet with 36 hits ... Recorded 49 putouts and 85 assists in finishing with a .971 fielding percentage ... Went 3-for-3 and knocked in the deciding run in a 2-1 triumph over Case Western Reserve (Mar. 30) ... In the series finale vs. CWRU, she finished with three ribbies, two of which came on sacrifice flies and the other on a two-base hit, in keying a 4-3 victory ... Went a combined 4-of-5 at the plate and scored a run in a doubleheader sweep of No. 19 Berry College (Feb. 18) ... Named UAA Co-Hitter of the Week (Mar. 26) after posting a .667 effort at the plate (4-of-6), scoring two runs and totaling four RBIs in a sweep of a twinbill vs. Wesleyan (GA) -- in a five-inning, 12-1 triumph in the opener, she went 2-for-4 and scored once while driving in four runs including the game winner, and in a 2-1 victory win over the Wolves in the finale, going 2-for-2 and scoring the deciding run in the top of seventh after leading off with a triple ... Three-for seven in a doubleheader sweep of NYU (Apr. 27), knocking in the game-winning and insurance runs in the bottom of the third in the second contest, a 6-3 Emory triumph ... Hit a solo homer vs. Brandeis (Apr. 13) in a five-inning, 10-1 victory ... Stroked a two-out double that pushed across Sam Vincent in the bottom of the second inning that stood up as the GWRBI in a 2-1 verdict over LaGrange College (Apr. 17) ... One-out double in the top of the fourth scored Jessy McLean with the team's first run in an eventual 4-2 win over Lynchburg (May 12) in the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Sacrifice fly in the top of the third scored Sarah Flanders with the game's lone run in a 1-0 victory over Wash U (Apr. 6) ... Two-run single in the bottom of the first drove in two runs, including the game winner, in a 5-0 verdict over Birmingham Southern (Feb. 9).

Sophomore (2017):
One of two players (Taylor Forte), to have started all 38 Emory contests ... Second on the squad in both multi-hit (13) and multi-RBI (7) games ... Ended the year hitting .322 (38-118), good for 23rd place among UAA players ... Third on the squad and 17th in the league with 38 hits ... Led the team with 118 at-bats ... Second on the club and third on the UAA ladder with 18 walks ... Tied for the team lead and for fifth place on the league list with 32 runs scored ... Defensively, her 93 assists represented the fourth-highest seasonal total in program history ... Named UAA Hitter of the Week (Feb.27) following her performance at the William Peace Triangle Classic (Feb. 25-26), hitting  .571 (8 of 14) in helping the Eagles to a 4-0 mark ... Helped Emory to a 2-1 win over Messiah (Feb. 25) at the Triangle Classic, collecting a pair of hits and scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh on Lana Herrmann's walk-off hit ... 3-for-3 at the plate, scored a run and drove in the squad's final tally in a 4-0 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan (Feb. 25) ... Lone homer of the campaign was a three-run blow that finished off a seven-run fourth inning in an 8-1 decision over Piedmont (Feb. 26) ... Two hits in four plate appearances and knocked in a pair of runs in an 8-3 victory vs. Christopher Newport (Mar. 5) ... Stroked a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth that proved to be the GWRBI in a 6-4 triumph vs. Centre College (Mar. 19) in the first game of a doubleheader ... Collected a pair of safeties and smacked a two-run single that highlighted a three-run frame in a 7-2 victory against Maryville (Mar. 21) ... Two hits and drove in four runs, including the GWRBI on a two-out, bases-loaded single that plated a pair of Eagles, and that gave Emory a 3-1 lead in an eventual five-inning, 9-1 victory against Maryville in the second game of a doubleheader -- closed out that win with a two-run double that scored Janelle Turnquest and Ashley Powers ... Snapped a scoreless deadlock with a two-bagger in the top of the fifth, that proved to be the GWRBI, and that ignited a five-run uprising in a 7-0 outcome against Case Western Reserve (Mar. 24) ... 2-for-3 at the plate and registered two RBIs during a seven-run seventh inning, the first coming on a double that got Emory on the board and the last one a sacrifice fly that scored Sarah Flanders with the winning run in a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind triumph vs. DePauw (Mar. 30) ... Singled twice in four plate appearances and scored the team's first run of the game, courtesy of a Jessie Michael single in the third inning in a 5-0 triumph over Washington University (Mar. 31) ... Two hits and drove in the final pair of a seven-run first inning in a 13-1 decision at New York University (Apr. 21). 

Freshman (2016)
Fine rookie campaign that saw her start all 44 games that she played in, with all of those starting nods coming at shortstop … Finished third on the team and 11th among UAA players with a hitting mark of .379 (47 of 124) … Scored 38 runs, good for fourth place on the team and seventh on the UAA ladder … NFCA All-Atlantic Region Third Team … Became the first Emory freshman since 2011 to be selected to the All-UAA First Team and was named the league’s Rookie of the Year … Member of the UAA All-Tournament Team … Hit .419 (13 of 32) over 10 games at the UAA Tournament … Produced 14 multi-hit contests and drove in two or more runs on seven occasions … Socked four homer and registered 28 RBIs … 15th in the UAA in slugging percentage (.565) … First career homer was a solo shot in a 9-1 win over Rowan (Feb. 28) … Combined 4-for-6 effort at the plate with 5 RBIs and two runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Roanoke (Mar. 26) – In the second game of the twinbill vs. Roanoke, she went 3-for-3 and totaled three RBIs, including a two-run double, in a 12-2 win … Collected two hits and singled in Emory’s first run in the top of the second in an eight-inning, 5-4 win over Berry in the deciding game of the NCAA Mount Berry Regional (May 15) … Picked up two hits in two at-bats and batted in two runs with a single that keyed a five-run, fourth inning in an 8-2 win vs. Shorter (Apr. 7) … Delivered a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie, and later scored in the frame as part of a four-run uprising in a 5-1 outcome over Lynchburg (Mar. 24) … Two safeties and crossed the plate twice in a five-inning, 8-0 win vs. Maryville (Mar. 17) … Two hits in three trips to the plate included a solo homer that gave the Eagles a 2-0 edge in a 7-2 victory over Case Western (Mar. 11) … Picked up three of the squad’s eight hits in a 4-1 win vs. NYU (Mar. 9) … Two hits, including a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the third that provided Emory with a 2-1 lead in an eventual 4-3 win in nine innings vs. Lake Forest (Mar. 6) … Finished with a 3-for-4 hitting performance, stroked a two-run double and scored three times in an 11-3 win vs. Averett (Feb. 20) … 3-for-3 in a 7-3 verdict over Huntingdon (Feb. 14).

High School:
Four-year varsity letterwinner playing for the South Pasadena High program … Was coached by Ted Mureau and Marc Shettleroe … Team captain as a junior and senior … Solid performer as a pitcher and position player … Two-time MVP of her team … Was named her league's Co-MVP Pitcher … Hit .479 and logged a league-best ERA of 2.24 over 106 ⅓ innings of work as a senior … Fanned a league-high 105 batters … Posted a hitting mark of .510 and finished third in the league in batting as a junior … Earned first-team all-league honors on three occasions and was recognized as an all-area performer twice … Team's Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and was chosen as Rookie of the Year as a freshman … Four-year honor roll member. 

Played travel ball for Teamsmith Gold 18U where she was coached by Rick Viles … Her team placed 11th at PGF Nationals Platinum in 2015.   

Daughter of Alex and Grace Baca ... Born March 6 ... Majors in economics.

"I chose Emory because it has a perfect balance between academics and athletics. The school has a super-competitive softball team and outstanding academics." 

Career Stats

2019 52-51 172 45 64 46 7 7 3 9-10 372
2018 41-40 124 16 36 23 6 1 1 4-5 .290
2017 38-38 118 32 38 23 5 0 1 4-4 .322
2016 44-44 124 38 47 28 9 1 4 1-3 .379
TOTAL 175-173 538 131 185 12- 27 9 9 18-22 .344