NCAA ump pushes East Carolina mixture out of box after home run

Unwritten baseball rules tend to be enforced by opposing teams.

Every now and then, a referee gets involved.

Case in point: Monday’s game at the Greenville Regional NCAA. With an anti-Texas position in the Super Regionals on the line, East Carolina was piling up on Coastal Carolina. As the Pirates took a 10-2 lead in the seventh inning, slow-backing Bryson Worrell climbed to the plate.

There, he made his 18th best home run of the season, taking three more runs to extend the ECU’s lead to 13-2 on the way to a 13-4 win. As the moonshot traveled over the right field wall, Worrell took a moment to admire his work. That was a very long moment for the match official, who stood up from his position and shoved Worrell out of the penalty area and on his way to the first base line.

This was not a violent or even outrageous push. But it was a case of a referee placing his hands on a player and doing so during the course of play.

Baseball is steeped in a debate about fitness and worrying about the feelings of bowlers at the expense of bragging about hitters who get their best. This referee clearly has an opinion on the matter.

Meanwhile, his job is to make calls on the field and maintain order during the game. It doesn’t matter what he thinks of bat swings or bragging of any kind while the duties are going on. It certainly doesn’t guarantee touching a player, even when said player is fan of a home run in the middle of a blast.

The quickest way to send off a player is to put his hand on the referee. It is clear that the rules in this case do not apply in both directions.

Bryson Worrell of East Carolina. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

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