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.
Rooting for Gonzaga's Steve Lund. Slid in to second hard, late, and direct. Snapped his lower leg. It was just dangling. Pullman Fire responding. Not a sight you see at Bailey-Brayton. Speedy recovery Steve.— Chappy® ⚾ (@cbrandonchapman) April 14, 2021
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.
Today’s game quickly became much bigger than just a game. As our thoughts and prayers are with Stephen Lund tonight...we would like to Thank the @wsucougarbsb program, training staff and coaching staff for handling a very difficult situation with great class tonight!— Gonzaga Baseball (@ZagBaseball) April 14, 2021
Prayers to Stephen Lund from @wsucougarbsb @ZagBaseball https://t.co/HbyRTDsJB9— Brian Green (@coachbriangreen) April 14, 2021
While this is obviously a bad situation, there is some good news about Lund’s condition from his father.
Thank you everyone who are helping @ZagBaseball and @wsucougarbsb. Stephen is in excellent spirits right now and in very good hands. ❤️ https://t.co/BYrxOsruQ6— Eric Lund (@slhosp) April 14, 2021
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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