Texas pitcher Miranda Elish (40) high-fives teammates after striking out a Houston batter during an Austin regional game on May 19, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Ten years after Austin Wood, Texas’ Miranda Elish completes her own regional marathon

Posted May 20th, 2019

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Miranda Elish spent much of her weekend in the pitching circle at McCombs Field.

Elish pitched for Texas over its final 30 innings at the regional it was hosting. After entering the circle in the last inning of UT’s tournament-opening loss to Sam Houston State, Elish started four times and threw 429 pitches as Texas went 4-0 and advanced to the super regionals. Over her four starts, Elish allowed 20 hits and two earned runs.

Elish’s long weekend came nearly a decade after an equally-impressive feat was recorded across the street at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. On May 30, 2009, Austin Wood threw 169 pitches over 13 innings of shutout relief in a 3-2 win over Boston College. The 25-inning triumph was a memorable moments for Texas during its run to the NCAA’s championship series.

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Texas fans were quick to connect the dots between Elish and Wood, who had earned a two-inning save the day before his on-field marathon. Wood also took to Twitter to congratulate Elish on her performance.

Here are some additional tidbits about Elish’s performance:

  • During the regular season, Elish pitched in four straight games on two occasions. A break of at least five days interrupted both of those streaks, however. Only once did Texas start Elish in back-to-back games (Lipscomb on March 18 and Iowa State on March 22).
  • Over this weekend’s 30 innings, Elish registered 33 strikeouts and walked three batters. Ahead of the NCAA tournament, Elish ranked 48th nationally with her strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.24.
  • Thus far, Texas Tech sophomore Erin Edmoundson is the only other pitch to throw over 400 pitches AND appear in at least four games during the NCAA tournament. Edmoundson threw 424 pitches over four games at the LSU regional. Edmoundson went 1-2, did not throw those pitches over four consecutive games and her 176-pitch outing against LSU was a relief appearance.
  • Sophomore Mary Iakopo, who played with Elish at Oregon last year, caught all of those aforementioned pitches this weekend (plus the 85 regional pitches thrown by Brooke Bolinger and Shea O’Leary on Friday). For much of this season, Iakopo has been the only healthy catcher on UT’s roster. Utility player Lauren Burke played some behind the plate, but Iakopo has caught every pitch over Texas’ last 33 games.

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