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

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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.

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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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