Former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy is in critical condition following an accident on Friday night.
According to MSU baseball coach John Cohen’s Twitter page Sunday afternoon, Duffy suffered a “serious spinal injury,” and former teammate Scott DeLoach said it resulted from a diving accident.
Athletics Director Scott Stricklin, who first tweeted about Duffy’s accident, told the Daily Journal that “the next few days will be important in determining what his prospects are for recovery.”
Duffy finished up his Bulldog career in fine fashion this past season. His .358 batting average ranked second on the team, and he had 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. The outfielder and catcher was not taken in the Major League Draft.
He hadn’t yet caught on with a pro team this summer, but prior to the draft Duffy said, “I really want to play, and I really hope somebody gives me the opportunity to play.”
DeLoach said Duffy has been spending the summer in Florida, his home state; he’s from Malabar.
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