MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A college baseball player died just days after reporting to his summer league team in western Kentucky.
Madisonville Tradewater Pirates manager Steve Fowler told The Messenger (http://bit.ly/NbXim6 ) that a teammate found 20-year-old Reid Rizzo in his bed at his host family's home Saturday morning.
Rizzo just completed his sophomore year at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, batting .252 with 41 hits, 18 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. A Cincinnati native, Rizzo was a two-year letterman on the Lake Erie baseball team.
No foul play is suspected. Autopsy results are pending.
Rizzo was in Madisonville to play for the Pirates in the Ohio Valley League, which plays host collegiate baseball players during summer break.
David Massamore, a co-owner and a member of the board of directors for the Pirates, said Rizzo was a "very polite, quiet young man."
"He was very soft-spoken, but very excited for the summer," Massamore said. "He's a really nice kid. To lose any of them would be tragic. He had such a bright future."
The players learned of Rizzo's death in a team meeting held Saturday afternoon.
"It hit them hard," Massamore said. "They have only been together a week, but it hit them hard. It hit all of us hard."
The team cancelled Saturday night's game against Hopkinsville. A memorial service is planned before Monday's game. The players also plan on wearing their black uniforms to honor Rizzo.
Information from: The Messenger, http://www.the-messenger.com