THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
If you caught any part of the Women's College World Series this year, you might have caught this clip. During a game between UCLA and Texas A&M, a double steal led to an assistant coach bumping an umpire and receiving a two game suspension along with her ejection.
The play? It's the old "runners on 1st and 3rd" scenario where the runner on first base has to get caught in a rundown long enough for the runner at third to score. However, the defense didn't get a single out on the play. The runner on first got caught, the runner on third scored, and the runner from first ended up at third.
Lisa Fernandez, the UCLA first base coach, argued over a lack of an obstruction call. You know the rest of the story.
What's really crazy, though, is that the story doesn't stop after Fernandez gets ejected and suspended. UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez actually supported Fernandez and praised her, claiming she had no problem with what she did and discussed how it added to her team's chemistry.
Yeah, one of those...
Both coaches in question apparently forgot that they are actually educators who are responsible for these young ladies. And that's a crime.
Actually, that's a metaphoric crime. Assaulting an umpire may be an actual crime.
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