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WSU baseball falls to Gonzaga 9-0 in injury shortened game

Both programs decided to end the game after a significant injury to a Gonzaga player

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Washington State and Gonzaga baseball renewed their rivalry on Tuesday in Pullman. The Cougars struggled in a 9-0 loss but, at the end of the day, there was something more important than the final score.

In the sixth inning, Gonzaga freshman catcher Stephen Lund was sliding into second when he suffered a serious leg injury. There isn’t much video of the incident, but eyewitness reports make me think we should be grateful for that.

Lund was kept on the field for quite a while before an ambulance pulled out on to the field to tend to him. In the meantime, the two teams got together to talk about what to do after the delay. Eventually, both WSU and Gonzaga decided to call the game.

While this is obviously a bad situation, there is some good news about Lund’s condition from his father.

We all wish a quick recovery for Lund and all the best moving forward.

As for the Cougs, it wasn’t exactly a performance to remember before the game was called. Gonzaga started the scoring with a 2-run home run in the first inning, but WSU was able about to hold off the Zags... For the time being.

Things really came apart in the 5th. The Zags only picked up 2 hits (both singles), but the Cougars helped them out with an error, 2 passed balls, 1 wild pitch, and 7 walks on the way to a 7-run inning for the Bulldogs.

Washington State is going to need to bounce back in a hurry with Pac-12 play restarting this weekend. They’ll host third place Arizona for a 3-game series in Pullman starting Friday afternoon.

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