By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
The SEC is reviewing an incident that occurred Sunday between Mississippi State assistant baseball coach Butch Thompson and a security guard.
A league spokesman told the Journal that the SEC is “reviewing all events surrounding the end of the ballgame.”
Alabama beat Mississippi State on Sunday, 8-7, when Austen Clark hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning. As the umpiring crew exited the field through the MSU dugout, head coach John Cohen yelled at home plate ump Steve Dew about a disputed call on the pitch prior to Smith’s hit.
Moments after the umpires entered the tunnel, Thompson and a University of Alabama security guard engaged in a shouting match.
MSU athletics director Scott Stricklin said he and Thompson, who coaches MSU’s pitchers, have spoken about the matter, but the school has not been in contact with the SEC about it.
“Obviously it’s an emotional end to the game, and I think somebody who was working there popped up in the dugout and probably didn’t need to be in the middle of the situation,” Stricklin said.
An Alabama spokesman did not return an email seeking comment.
Both Cohen and Thompson declined to comment on the matter. Cohen also declined comment on the disputed call just before Smith’s big hit.
On that play, Smith hit a ball that struck the ground at his feet. After MSU catcher Nick Ammirati fielded the ball in fair territory and threw to first base for what would have been the final out, the umpires convened and rule that the ball had hit inside the batter’s box and not the plate, therefore it was foul.
The No. 25-ranked Bulldogs (29-18) will host Mississippi Valley State tonight before paying a visit to No. 6 Florida. Tonight’s game, originally scheduled as a doubleheader, starts at 6:30.