Texas pitcher Miranda Elish (40) communicates to a teammate during a game against Oklahoma on April 18, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas announces that surgery not needed for All-American pitcher Miranda Elish

Posted June 11th, 2019

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Texas pitcher Miranda Elish will not need surgery for a facial injury she sustained in the postseason, the school announced on Tuesday.

Texas tweeted an update that read “Miranda is recovering well. She sustained facial fractures that, at this time, do not require surgery. She is looking forward to getting back on the field for her senior year next season.” Along with the update, Texas posted a picture of the recovering Elish.

During a super regional game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on May 24, Elish was struck in the face by a throw from UT catcher Mary Iakopo. Elish was taken to a hospital as a precaution but returned to Rhoads Stadium the following day to cheer on the Longhorns.

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After spending two seasons at Oregon, Elish made an immediate impact during her first year at Texas. Over 185 1/3 innings, Elish was 18-10 with three saves, a 1.81 ERA and 226 strikeouts. She also hit .315 with six homers and 27 RBIs.

At the end of last month, the NFCA named Elish a third-team All-American. The last UT pitcher to earn All-American accolades had been three-time honoree Blaire Luna (2010-11, 2013).

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