Aggies catcher May recovering after crash
She’ll miss chance to play for USA World cup team
Texas A&M catcher Meagan May will miss some coveted opportunities with a couple of national softball teams this month, but she counts herself fortunate nevertheless.
May, from Spring, was en route to visit a friend in Buda on Sunday afternoon when she accidentally swerved her Toyota SUV into the oncoming lane on FM 2001, hitting another automobile.
Her SUV apparently flipped four times, May said, but she came away relatively unscathed, with a lacerated forehead. She believes the driver of the other car, who she did not identify, might have broken a foot. The Department of Public Safety did not have a report available on Friday.
May has spent six days at University Medical Center Brackenridge. She is scheduled for release on Sunday.
“It was pretty scary,” May said. “I don’t remember anything from about 15 minutes before the wreck until … there’s about a seven-hour hole in that day.”
May is missing six square inches of skin from her forehead but has no other major injuries.
“I’m grateful she is still alive,” said Lexy Bennett, a friend from Kingwood who plays shortstop for the Texas Longhorns. “It’s a miracle.”
May earned second-team All-America honors, while setting A&M and Big 12 records with 24 home runs as a freshman and leading the league in five other categories: RBIs, total bases, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Her .405 batting average ranked second in the Big 12.
May was supposed to catch for the USA Softball Futures national team, which includes Longhorn Blaire Luna, at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City during the third week of July. She also had a spot reserved earlier in the month on the U.S. national team’s senior squad for the Canadian Open. Some players from the Futures roster, including Luna, are filling in for national team members who are skipping that event. The plans all changed on Sunday. “I really don’t remember what caused me to get into the (wrong) lane,” May said.
May said she has undergone surgery once and will need four more operations, including a skin graft.
“I had some of my hair shaved; I look pretty funny right now,” May said on Friday. “But later, I’ll just have a one-line scar, a seam. I’m doing well. I haven’t had any pain meds in 24 hours.”
May said she will return to softball in six months, in time to prepare for the college season that begins in February.
“The only reason I can’t return sooner is that I won’t be able to wear a helmet until after Christmas,” she said.
May has received several visitors at the hospital, including Bennett and two other Longhorns, Amy Hooks and Nadia Taylor. Sometimes, they played cards. Former Longhorn pitcher Cat Osterman, a national team member, has been checking in from out of town by e-mail.
Bennett, a former youth baseball teammate, bought an air mattress so May’s mother, Connie, could sleep in the hospital room.
“And a princess blanket,” Bennett said. “It’s pink, super cute.”
May is a former petroleum engineering major who has switched to business. She hopes to attend law school.
Aggies coach Jo Evans said May has a positive attitude about her recovery.
“She’s outgoing, talkative,” Evans said. “It will help her get through this.”
Texas A&M’s Meagan May