On Friday night, the University of Texas softball community came together in prayer after pitcher Miranda Elish was hospitalized following a freak play.
With a runner on first base, Alabama hitter Elissa Brown bunted a pitch right in front of Texas catcher Mary Iakopo – who attempted to make a play at second base.
As Iakopo went to make the throw, the umpire called the play dead after Brown stepped out of the batter’s box.
Iakopo must not have heard the umpire’s call and fired a throw to second base, but instead of making a play, the ball struck Elish in the head
The official Texas Softball Twitter account updated Elish’s condition throughout the night and revealed she’s “doing well.”
She was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
For those who have joined us late, we've been told that "our @elish_miranda is DOING WELL and was taken to the ER as a precaution…" We sincerely appreciate all your thoughts and prayers!
— Texas Softball (@TexasSoftball) May 25, 2019
It’s great news in what could have been a horrible incident.
While Elish is doing well, she won’t be competing in the team’s final game against Alabama this weekend. Texas head coach Mike White told ESPN between the third and the fourth innings that Elish “is hurting a little but in good spirits.”
He also said she will not be available for the pivotal final game of the series.
We wish her a speedy recovery.