Tarleton, who played in 78 games for from 2005-08 as an outfielder, was involved in a one-car accident Sunday evening in his native Maryland. He was transported to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma Hospital following the accident and passed away Friday afternoon after being taken off of life support.
“We are devastated,” SU head coach Kevin Anderson said. “Preston was the kind of young man that makes programs great – he never said a word, but came to the ballpark everyday ready to play.
“We have a number of players still in the program that played with Preston as well as a couple of members of my coaching staff who played with or coached him, and we all extend our deepest sympathies to Preston’s family.”
Tarleton’s best season in a Hornets uniform came in 2007, when he hit .308 with two doubles in 13 starts. For his career, he had 39 hits and 23 RBI.
Tarleton, 23, is survived by his parents Mask and Haypatia Tarleton. He graduated from Shenandoah’s Harry F. Byrd School of Business in 2008 and was a USA South Conference All-Academic team honoree in his senior year.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.