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Utes’ Keirsey injured in wall collision

Utah CF DaShawn Keirsey Jr. gives a wave as he is loaded into an ambulance Sunday.



By Ramon Scott



SALT LAKE CITY – Former Helix High baseball start DASHAWN KEIRSEY, JR. has made a whole highlight-reel’s worth of spectacular plays in center field for the Utah Utes this season.

DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. rests comfortably Sunday evening after suffering a serious hip injury earlier in the day.

The fleet-footed defensive wizard has always shown disregard for his body, diving, sliding and lunging at any batted ball within his reach.

Sunday, however, Keirsey gave everyone in attendance at Smith’s Ballpark a scare on Sunday when he tried to chase down a deep drive near the wall of the bat of an Arizona State player in the top of the first inning.

Keirsey made a leaping attempt at the eventual home run, but ran hard into the fence at a high-rate of speed. The result was a dislocated and fractured left hip, ending his season in the team’s final home game.

Paramedics were called to the stadium and the sophomore was transported to the hospital after giving everyone in attendance reason for optimism, giving the thumbs-up as he was wheeled off by gurney.

There was a 30-minute break in the game as trainers attended to him on the warning track, when he was eventually taken off off the field in the back of an ambulance.

Keirsey is tended to during the first inning.

The Utes ended up rallying from an early 7-0 deficit posting an 11-10 win. The Utes were hoping for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday, although it appeared somewhat unlikely.

“It was kind of a big blow — he’s an impact player for us,” Utah senior infielder Ellis Kelly said. “But he gave us a thumbs-up and told us go win it for him, so it made it easier to get out there and not give up on the game.”

Keirsey was reported to be feeling better late Sunday night.

Keirsey hit .327 this season as a full-time starter with nine stolen bases and a .978 fielding average.




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