Wichita Teen Recovering After Being Hit By Line Drive

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Wichita teenager is recovering after being hit in the face by a baseball at Wednesday's WSU-KU baseball game.

Susan Lickteig, 16, suffered a broken nose and two broken teeth when she was hit by a batted ball, her mother Della said.

"I never would've imagined something like this happening. I looked down to my book for two seconds to study for my test tomorrow and next thing I knew, a ball came into my face ," said Susan.

The Lickteigs are season ticket holders. They're still in shock that they've had front row seats behind first base for 25 years without a major accident until Wednesday night's ball game.

"In 25 years, we've probably been to somewhere, at WSU, in the neighborhood of eight to 900 baseball games and we've never been just nailed, any of us, before," said her father Lance.

The baseball team sends their well wishes to Susan and it's a good reminder for fans to keep their eyes on the ball.

"Any ball park that you go to, anywhere in the country, you face that same situation. The fans know that. We're just thankful she's not hurt any worse than she is," said Gene Stephenson, Shocker baseball head coach.

Now, Susan hopes to recover fast and get back to watching the games.

"I still love Shocker baseball. I'm a little afraid of going back now but I'm definitely going back," said Susan.

Susan is a student at East High School and plays on the Aces softball team.

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