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Former Eureka Baseball Player Hospitalized Due to Skateboard Accident

A Drury University baseball player from Eureka was in critical condition at a Springfield hospital Sunday night, 24 hours after suffering serious head trauma in a skateboarding accident, as reported by the News-Leader.

Michael Bigogno, a 23-year-old outfielder from , underwent surgery after being rushed to the hospital, according to Drury University baseball coach Mark Stratton, per an article published Sunday by The Springfield News-Leader

Bigogno was riding a skateboard just after 7 p.m. Saturday, according to the article.

Stratton told the News-Leader reporter it appears the back of Bigogno's head struck a curb, causing what was termed “serious head trauma.” He stated Bigogno is in critical condition.

Stratton stated in the article that Bigogno is not taking visitors but that his family from Eureka is present. He is the son of Gregg Bigogno and Sharon Beuer-Bigogno.

Bigogno, a junior, batted .324 and played in all 42 games this season, becoming one of the team’s best hitters. The 6-foot-tall athlete transferred from Mineral Area Community College, and played his high school ball at .

YEAR G/S AVG. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-A

2012

42/34

.324

111

32

36

3

3

0

15

19

14

4-6

Two other Drury University Panther baseball teammates from Eureka are Grayson Talcott and Phil Bodenschatz.

Editor's Note:  Article Updated at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 21—

Stratton told Patch on Monday morning there is nothing new at this point regarding Bigogno's condition. He said the first 72 hours post-accident are critical regarding swelling with head trauma.

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