Crazy Scene Unfolds In Tennessee That Results In A Pair Of Volunteers Coaches Being Tossed

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  • Tennessee coaches were heated following a play in Saturday’s baseball game against Alabama
  • A pair of coaches were tossed following arguments with umpires
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The Tennessee Volunteers have been the story of the college baseball season.

The Vols are an incredible 32-3 on the year, shooting up the NCAA polls to land the nation’s top spot. At 13-1 in SEC play, Tennessee currently sits in first place in the conference standings.

On Friday, the program lost their first league game, and it appeared that a few Tennessee coaches weren’t happy with some of the calls made by umpires on the field, as well as how the Crimson Tide celebrated after the win. Those feelings of animosity apparently carried over into Saturday’s contest, and things got to a tipping point in midgame action.

In just the first inning of play, an Alabama player lined a comebacker that smacked off of pitcher Chase Dollander and ricocheted to the first baseman. The Vols made the putout easily, but Dollander was slow to get up off the mound.

Apparently, Tennessee pitching coach Frank Anderson took exception to how the Alabama dugout reacted to the injury. He hopped off the bench and began shouting at both the umpires and Crimson Tide.

He was quickly tossed, causing head coach Tony Vitello to storm onto the diamond.

He was subsequently thrown out, too, and that’s where things got really testy.

Vitello chest bumps the umpire that ejected him from the game, pushing him back with force. The action promptly resulted in a four-game suspension for the head coach.

The ejection certainly seemed to get the team fired up, though. The Vols pounded the Crimson Tide 9-2 to force a rubber game on Sunday. They’ll look to land another series win but must do so without the presence of Vitello in the dugout.