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Westphal injures arm in Spartan loss

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:33 p.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Southwestern baseball’s day Thursday started out on the field here at Iowa Western Community College, but the night ended in the emergency room back at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.

Redshirt freshman pitcher Ethan Westphal started the game on the mound, and after throwing around 10 pitches, hurled a slider toward the plate and felt a tingle in his elbow.

Westphal then delivered a fastball toward the plate and felt a “pop” in the elbow, and came out of the game.

Back at GRMC Thursday night, Westphal was still in quite a bit of pain, head coach Brian “Bull” Smith said.

Westphal is headed to Des Moines today for an MRI. Smith fears Westphal suffered an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament.

“It’s not looking too good right now,” Smith said. “They’re going to send him up to Des Moines. They’re going to do an MRI tomorrow. I hope it’s not the UCL.”

Aside from losing Westphal, the Spartans also lost the game, 7-0, dropping them to 4-6 for the season.

Smith said he felt like his pitchers gave the team a chance to succeed, but an off night at the plate kept the Spartans from staying in the game.

Southwestern hosts NIACC at 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday in the home openers.

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