You just never want to see something like this. During a Texas-Alabama NCAA softball game, Longhorns pitcher Miranda Elish was drilled in the face with a ball after her catcher attempted to throw to second base in the top of the second inning.
The Crimson Tide made sure to show some respect after the incident.
Not initially knowing the full extent of the sustained injury, it looked like a relatively severe blow. An ambulance was called to the stadium, where Elish was presumably motored to a nearby hospital on a stretcher.
Elish, a transfer to Texas this year, has been an important part of the Longhorns' 45-15 regular season, good for the ninth seed in the SEC tournament as they take on the 55-17, eighth-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide. Nonetheless, the result of the game now seems secondary to Elish's health.
Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for a talented young woman.