Ag­gies catcher May re­cov­er­ing af­ter crash

She’ll miss chance to play for USA World cup team

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Mark Ros­ner mros­ner@states­man.com; 445-3958

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

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