The Cougs disappointed Thursday night with a 10-2 loss to McNeese State, but that wasn't the only blow that was dealt. It was reported by Tom Hager of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that WSU's leader in hits, Trek Stemp, is injured and out for the season.
The injury happened in the Cougs game against UW Saturday, and appears to be of the testicular variety. The incident looks pretty cut and dry, but you can see for yourself below. It's hard to think of a much worse outcome from a pitch than taking one straight to the balls and having it be a strike.
If Monday was a pitch. https://t.co/HnjMGPczsE— Trek Stemp (@TrekStemp) May 15, 2016
If there's one more thing to be said, it's that his reaction was fairly remarkable. Stemp handled that pitch with more toughness than I can imagine. He also tweeted that he underwent surgery earlier this week. I hope his rehab goes swimmingly.
In non-groin related news the Cougs continued their non-conference woes, and dropped their third straight overall. The Cowboys of McNeese State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning and never looked back.
Two innings was all that starter Ryan Ward would see, and Ryley Widley and Caleb McAlister pitched the rest of the way for WSU. MSU starter Kaleb Fontenot baffled the Cougs for seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and one walk, while striking out six.
The Cougs and Cowboys will play a doubleheader at Bailey-Brayton Field Friday, starting at 2 p.m. Ian Hamilton and Damon Jones, who are both coming off good outings against UW, will take the mound.
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