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Gonzaga Baseball Players in Crash

March 15, 1999

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Three Gonzaga baseball players and a trainer were injured when a car plowed into the group as they walked to their game at Fresno State, police said.

Heidi Jill Peterson, 40, a Gonzaga trainer, suffered a broken right leg in the Saturday afternoon accident, officer Julian Perea said.

Both Peterson and Gonzaga outfielder Brent Thomas Church were in fair condition late Sunday afternoon, hospital officials said. Infielder Kevin Cave and outfielder Richard Urdahl were treated and released.

The team canceled its Saturday game against Seton Hall and a Sunday game in San Francisco. Players instead were to take a bus to San Francisco and fly home to Spokane, Wash., school officials said.

Players observed a moment of silence before the championship game between North Carolina and Fresno State.

Players were walking from their hotel to Beiden Field at about 3:45 p.m. for the third-place game, school officials said. A motorist stopped to let the players cross a driveway but the driver behind it lost control, jumping the curb and plowing into the team, Perea said.

The driver was identified as Adam Charles Perry, 18. He was not injured and was not cited, police said.

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