Two LaGrange College Freshman Baseball Players Killed in Car Crash Hours After Team Won Conference Championship

Stephen Bartolotta (left), Jacob Brown (right) / Credit: LaGrange College

Two baseball players from LaGrange College died in a car crash hours after their team won a conference championship over the weekend.

On Saturday evening, Stephen Bartolotta and Jacob Brown were killed in the tragic accident, LaGrange College President Dr. Susanna Baxter said in a news release on the team’s website Sunday.

“Coming on the heels of the team’s conference championship win yesterday, this news hits our baseball players especially hard,” she said. “There simply are no words.”

Baxter added that the school has “trained faculty and staff on hand to meet with those of you who would like that support either individually or in groups,” adding: “We will walk through this together as a campus family with God as our strength. Please support one another as the caring community that I know we are.”

Both Bartolotta, 18, and Brown, 19, were listed as freshmen on the LaGrange College athletics website.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Nicholas Rice