Arizona Wildcats softball: Pitcher Fowler hit in head by foul ball

2011-04-17T15:04:00Z 2011-04-17T15:30:00Z Arizona Wildcats softball: Pitcher Fowler hit in head by foul ballBy Patrick Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 17, 2011 3:04 pm  • 

Star Arizona Wildcats pitcher Kenzie Fowler was taken to the hospital and has the symptoms of a concussion after being hit in the forehead by a foul line drive today.

In the third inning, the UA’s Nicole Bryan lined a ball just over the navy inch-think padding atop the fence that surrounds the UA’s dugout. Fowler was sitting on the bench studying a scouting report, UA coach Mike Candrea said, and was struck on the right side of her forehead.

After about three minutes of silence, play resumed. Between innings, Fowler, holding an icepack, left Hillenbrand Stadium and was eventually taken to University Medical Center.

The Wildcats defeated Washington, 6-1, to take two of three. But Fowler’s availability to pitch a three-game series against No. 1 Arizona State, starting at Hillenbrand Stadium on Thursday, is very much in doubt.

“It’s one of those things — it’s day to day,” Candrea said. “It can last days, it can last weeks, it can last months, it can last a year.”

Fowler, who has been fighting a left hamstring injury for a month, didn’t allow a hit in three innings today. She is 21-6 this season.


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