The Vindicator, a daily newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio, recounts the story of Eric Marzec.
A senior at Youngstown State and a member of the baseball team, Eric had traveled to play St. Joseph’s University at Campbell’s Field in Camden, New Jersey on March 20th.
During the third inning, while fielding a line-drive to right-center field, he collided with Armani Johnson as they both dove for the ball.
That would be his final play of the game.
“It was a shot,” YSU baseball coach Rich Pasquale said. “It wasn’t really anything you could have waited on and called for. They both dove for it.”
Marzec, a senior, took the brunt of the head-on collision, and suffered a serious concussion. Pasquale said he was unconscious for a few minutes. Both Marzec and Johnson, a junior, left the game.
Marzec would spend the next two days in the Trauma Center at Cooper University Hospital, Pasquale said. He was told he couldn’t play baseball, attend school, or even watch TV until his injury could heal.
After a week, Marzec returned to class. And on Tuesday, Marzec returned to the diamond.