Texas pitcher Miranda Elish (40) winds up against the Wichita State Shockers during the Texas Classic at McCombs Field on Austin on Thursday, February 6, 2020. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas pitcher Miranda Elish named Softball America’s national player of the year

Posted April 8th, 2020


Even in a shortened season, Texas pitcher Miranda Elish was dominant.

The right-handed flamethrower from Crown Point, Ind., was named Softball America’s national player of the year on Wednesday. Elish was the Longhorns’ best overall threat on a team that went 24-3 in the shortened season and finished No. 1 in Softball America’s final poll.

In the circle, Elish was 11-3 with a 1.25 ERA as opponents hit just .158 off her. She also threw her second career perfect game in a 7-0 win over New Mexico on March 8. It was the 11th perfect game in UT history.


At the plate, Elish finished third on the team in hitting (.370) and cranked out seven doubles and four home runs.

Elish, a senior, has already announced she intends to return to Texas next season despite the coronavirus stoppage. The NCAA has already passed a rule giving another year of eligibility to spring sports athletes due to COVID-19.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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