Bryce Chamberlin Sidelined

April 16, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State University pitcher Bryce Chamberlin is expected to miss the bulk of WSU's remaining games after sustaining a broken jaw early Friday morning when he was apparently assaulted in an off-campus incident.

The assault occurred near his Pullman residence at approximately 1:00 a.m. While the preliminary police report indicated Chamberlin was the victim, the incident is still under investigation by the police.

Chamberlin, a junior starter who was scheduled to start Saturday's WSU baseball game against the USC Trojans, underwent oral surgery Friday afternoon at Gritman Hospital in nearby Moscow.

'This is obviously a blow for our team, but we are more concerned about Bryce and his recovery,' offered WSU head baseball coach Tim Mooney. 'Bryce was having the best season of his Cougar career and it would be a real shame if he is not able to pitch again this season.'

According to WSU athletic trainer Brian Oelke, the surgery was successful, but Chamberlin is expected to be sidelined indefinitely. WSU's season ends in a three-game home series against California the last weekend in May.

Chamberlin was transported to the Pullman Memorial Hospital shortly after the incident and admitted to the Pullman hospital emergency room before being transferred to Moscow. Dr. John Morrison, an oral/maxillofacial surgeon, performed the operation.

Oelke said Chamberlin will be limited to a soft food diet for several weeks. The surgery included the insertion of two metal plates to help the healing process and Chamberlin's jaw is anchored by several rubber bands that limit movement. He suffered fractures on both sides of his jaw.

The Cougar pitcher told Oelke he was attempting to resolve a conflict between two people when the assault occurred.

Chamberlin, a right handed pitcher, was 6-1 and WSU had won eight of his nine starts. He had thrown 48.2 innings, struck out 56 and had a 5.18 ERA.

The loss of Chamberlin resulted in a change in WSU's pitching rotation this weekend. Mooney started senior Aaron Trolia Friday, with WSU's number one starter Aaron MacKenzie expected to start Saturday. Mooney has not named a starter for Sunday's game against USC.

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