In Georgia Southern's second game Feb. 25 against Radford, Eagles right fielder Victor Roache left the game in the second inning with an injury after diving for a ball.
Roache fractured his radius and dislocated his wrist.
"He was just playing hard, like he always does, and he came in on a ball and was diving straight ahead and his hand got caught in an awkward position," Georgia Southern head coach Rodney Hennon said. "You could tell when he fell, it looked like he was hurt pretty bad. . . It's about as sick of a feeling I've ever had on a baseball field. It kind of made you sick to your stomach to watch."
This marks the second-straight year a preseason All-American has been sidelined with a broken wrist and Roache's injury sounds similar to what Jackie Bradley went through at South Carolina last year.
According to Roache's Twitter feed, he said he could miss the rest of the season.
"He's a strong kid and he's had to deal with adversity before," Hennon said. "I know he'll make the best of this situation. He actually broke his ankle in the fall a year ago and went through that whole rehab process and came back strong from that. I'm sure he'll do the same with this injury."
Last year, with offense down in college baseball after the new bat regulations, Roache went out and hit .326/.428/.778 with 30 home runs. It was the most home runs in college baseball since Billy Becher hit 33 in 2003 for New Mexico State and more home runs than two of the teams (Virginia and Texas) that made it to the 2011 College World Series.
He entered the season ranked No. 9 on our Top 100 prospect list for the 2012 draft and was hitting .412/.600/.765 with two home runs this year before the injury.
Updated Feb. 27 with quotes and more detail.
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