LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- A "basebrawl," between two
central Arkansas colleges was the buzz of the Internet around the state
It happened between the University of
Arkansas-Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas Wednesday night, beginning
when the two head coaches got into a verbal argument on the field.
Only 30 miles separate the
two college campuses, and although the teams aren't in the same conference, the
baseball rivalry between UALR and UCA may have reached a new level after their
most recent match up.
What started as an
argument in the 10th inning between UCA head coach Allen Gum and
umpires over a call in favor of UALR, ended in a large brawl involving nearly
all players, coaches and plenty of punches thrown.
"I'd like to just say
last night's incident that happened is something we take very, very seriously,"
said UALR head baseball coach Scott Norwood at a press conference Thursday.
As the video shows, coach
Norwood came out of his dugout as well, and a verbal dispute began between he
and Gum. Gum then appears to make contact with Norwood.
The argument reaches a
more physical level when UCA volunteer assistant coach Trent Kline, runs up and
shoves Norwood to the ground. The shove leads to a benches-clearing fight where
players get involved, and multiple punches are thrown.
"This type of
behavior sets a bad example for our student-athletes and most of all for our
fans as well. I deeply regret that this has happened," Norwood added.
UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague released a statement Thursday,
in part stating:
"The University of Central Arkansas
athletics department regrets the incident that occurred during Wednesday
night's baseball game between the Bears and the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock Trojans at Bear Stadium. We realize there is no place in collegiate
athletics for such an incident."
included in the UCA release, is that under NCAA guidelines, three players and
an assistant coach for UCA and four players for UALR drew suspensions.
suspensions included eight games for sophomore Matt Anderson, four games for junior
Nate Ferrell, sophomore Brandon Montalvo and assistant coach Trent Kline.
had three players that drew four-game suspensions and one with an eight-game
suspension, according to the release. UALR had not confirmed which players were
suspended at the time of this story.
Trojans will host the Bears on April 23 in Little Rock.