Keeping Score

USM baseball player shows progress after head injury

Southern Miss senior baseball player Michael Gilbert continues to show "slow steady improvement" after suffering a head injury on Thursday during a conditioning drill on the Hattiesburg campus, according to a statement from his parents.

The statement from Bill and Melissa Gilbert, which was released by USM, said that Gilbert has been moved out of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit to a regular room at University Medical Center in Jackson on Sunday. 

"Without the prayers, love and personal contact shown by family and friends, this would not have been possible," the statement said. "Thanks again, and we will continue to let you know how Michael is doing."

Michael Gilbert, a Saucier native, played baseball at Harrison Central High School and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before joining the USM program last season.

Michael Gilbert sustained the head injury during a cross-fit style workout. 

The drill consisted of three players, including Michael Gilbert, carrying a log single file with the log on their right shoulder. Michael Gilbert was at the front of the line. He lost his footing and the log struck him on the head.

The senior was taken to Forrest General Hospital Thursday morning before being moved to UMC that afternoon in critical but stable condition.