Temple pitcher Richie Gargel, 19, died yesterday afternoon as the result of injuries he suffered in a swimming pool accident early Monday morning in Minnesota. Gargel had been playing for the St. Cloud River Bats, of the Northwoods League, a summer league for college-age players.
"Richie was an outstanding baseball player and big part of the Temple baseball family,'' Owls head coach Rob Valli said. "He will be sorely missed by everyone that came in contact with him.
"We were fortunate to have had him as a teammate and friend for this past year. My thoughts and prayers are with Richie's family and we will continue to support them in any way we can.''